ACLU Opposition to Marines PrayingFiction!

Summary of 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.

The Truth:

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 ranks.

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.”