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Saturday, 21 May 2011 15:30

Do Naval Academy Mealtime Prayers Violate the Constitution?

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Naval AcademyA recent op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun accused the United States Naval Academy of “defying the Constitution — specifically the First Amendment.”

Specifically, the author (an adjunct instructor at the Academy) asserts that the Naval Academy administration is violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment through the practice of saying Grace before meals. As the author describes the tradition: "They [Naval midshipmen] are marched into the mess hall, called to attention to listen to announcements, and then to prayer by a chaplain before sitting to eat. They are not permitted to leave, and thus they are forced to listen."

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