Summary of the eRumor
The eRumor is accompanied
by a picture with a group of Marines bowed in prayer. It quotes an ACLU spokesperson named Lucius Traveler as saying that
they are government employees who are on government property and
that such prayer needs to be stopped.
This is false.
The ACLU says it has not issued any opposition to military personnel
praying and that there is no one named Lucius Traveler in their
We have not been able to find a "Colonel Jack Fessender"
who is quoted in the eRumor as responding to the ACLU.
Last updated 12/24/03
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
ACLU Upset At Marines
If you look closely at the picture above, you will note that all the
Marines pictured are bowing their heads. That's because they're praying.
The incident took place at a recent ceremony honoring the birthday of
the corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms. "These are federal
employees," says Lucius Traveler, a spokesman for the ACLU,
"on federal property and on federal time. For them to pray is
clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud
immediately." When asked about the ACLU's charges, Colonel Jack
Fessender, speaking for the Commandant of the Corps said (cleaned up a
bit), "Screw the ACLU."