HUFFINGTON POST – Army Stands Behind ‘Searingly Sectarian’ Prayer Event Despite Outcry Over Evangelical Ties

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Army officials have refused to withdraw from a May 1 Capitol Hill prayer session that critics said could be seen as an endorsement of “searingly sectarian events.”

While the watch dog group Military Religious Freedom Foundation supports the observation of a National Day of Prayer, it opposes involvement with the National Day of Prayer Task Force, the conservative evangelical Christian non-profit organizing the event. The task force’s chairwoman is Shirley Dobson, wife of James Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian advocacy group Focus on the Family.

MRFF founder and president Mikey Weinstein urged the Pentagon to withdraw all support from the event in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on April 17.

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