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By Matthew Clark1320886656000

In response to the U.S. Air Force Academy issuing an apology for allowing cadets to promote a children’s charity, the ACLJ sent a letter to the Air Force Academy, on behalf of over 15,000 Americans, urging it to once again permit cadets to promote the children’s charity to fellow cadets.

The letter reminds the Air Force Academy that “[a]ll Americans, even those in uniform, retain Constitutional rights.” It further notes that the email sent by cadets – which encouraged fellow cadets to “consider spending some of your valuable time and money to love on a kid around the world” by participating in Operation Christmas Child’s campaign to provide toys and necessities to impoverished children – “was not – and, indeed, could not be – a violation of the Establishment Clause.”

The email, which became the subject of a complaint filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, “simply offered an opportunity for cadets to help brighten the lives of poverty-stricken children.” It in no way created a constitutional crisis.

The letter concluded by offering the ACLJ’s legal assistance, stating, “If Air Force Academy officials desire our assistance in crafting a balanced, Constitutionally sound policy on such matters, we extend our hand in support.”

We remain deeply committed to defending and protecting religious freedom for all Americans, including those in the military.

CASE UPDATE: Defending a WWII . . .

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Yesterday, a federal appeals court heard oral argument in a critical case we have been involved in to defend a historic war memorial from an angry atheist attack. When World War II veterans returned from fighting in Italy, they wanted to memorialize their brothers-in-arms who didn’t return home.

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What Makes America Great?

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With the July 4th holiday upon us, it is a good time to reflect on America’s founding principles and how we can ensure that our nation remains true to those principles, which made us the greatest country on Earth. As President Calvin Coolidge explained in 1926 during his address on the 150th...

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The Meaning of the American Flag

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June 14, 2015, is Flag Day, a day set aside for Americans to commemorate the adoption of the “Stars and Stripes” by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, as our official national flag. (June 14, 2015, also happens to be the 240th birthday of the United States Army .) Flag Day began to be...

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240 Years Defending Our Freedom

By Edward White1433944800000

With roots going back to the Continental Army, the United States Army celebrates its 240th anniversary on June 14, 2015. The oldest and largest of our armed services, the Army is the world’s premiere fighting force. Its mission is “to fight and win our Nation’s wars by providing prompt, sustained...

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