Update: Naval Academy to Keep Lunch Prayer

July 7, 2005

Source: WBAL - TV

Wire Service: AP


On July 7, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Every weekday, when the more than 4,000 midshipmen at the Naval Academy gather for lunch, they begin with a brief prayer, a devotional thought or a moment of silence... The Anti-Defamation League's request that the Naval Academy follow the lead of the Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy, which do not have mealtime prayers, was rejected by Vice Adm. Rodney Rempt, superintendent of the Naval Academy.

Rempt said at a recent meeting of the Naval Academy's Board of Visitors that part of the reason for the prayer is to encourage future officers to understand other religions. He said, to the approval of board members, that he does not intend to change the policy on prayer."