WASHINGTON, Dec 28, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The Pentagon says
religious literature can be dispersed at military recruitment sites
across the United States, but no religion can get preferential treatment.
In addition to the rule against religious favoritism under the new
Pentagon initiative, the U.S. military also ordered that all
religious representatives be prevented from evangelizing at
recruitment sites, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday.
Publications that "create the reasonable impression that the
government is sponsoring, endorsing or inhibiting religion generally"
will also not be permitted at the locations, the Pentagon said in its
The enhanced rules for the 65 recruit processing centers nationwide
are an apparent reaction to multiple complaints from civil liberties groups.
The Virginian-Pilot said the groups had complained that certain
ministries have been targeting the recruitment sites for their
evangelizing efforts and attempting to draw in followers by tying
themselves to the military.