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Religion in the military: Soldiers, sailors are not indoctrinated
I started reading Matthew Brown's article on atheists "A belief in service to country, without a belief in a deity" (Nov. 6) because of my background in the military. I found it interesting until I read this: "Nightly prayers still are broadcast throughout Navy ships at sea." In my years on USS Ranger and USS Kittyhawk, I saw many programs available through the closed circuit armed forces TV system aboard ship. Never did I see nightly prayers broadcast in the ready rooms or on the mess decks (public areas). Nor were they broadcast over the ship's 1MC or 5MC where sailors would be forced to listen.
November 7, 2011