The Washington Post reports on the ACLU trying to end the U.S. Naval Academy’s practice of forcing midshipmen to pray in order to have lunch:

The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the U.S. Naval Academy unless it abolishes its daily lunchtime prayer, saying that some midshipmen have felt pressured to participate. …

The Naval Academy rejected the ACLU’s request that the prayer be eliminated.

“The academy does not intend to change its practice of offering midshipmen an opportunity for prayer or devotional thought during noon meal announcements,” the university said in a statement. It said that some form of prayer has been offered for midshipmen at meals since the school’s founding, in 1845, and that it is “consistent with other practices throughout the Navy.”

This reasoning is fallacious. Just because things have been done one way for a long time, does not make them right. If the Naval Academy really wants to do things the way they were done in 1845, they’d have to remove all the women who attend, since they weren’t allowed in 1845. For that matter they’d also have to reinstitute slavery, since that was also the law of the land back then. Are these people really sure they want to roll the clock back to 1845? Somehow I doubt it. They’re just reaching for a rationale to justify the immaturity that drives them to proselytize.

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