Congressman: Military is censoring biblical teachings

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Georgia congressman wants the House Armed Services Committee to hold hearings on what he calls "a growing movement in the military to censor certain biblical teachings."

Republican Jack Kingston requested the hearings after the Army withdrew its invitation for evangelist Franklin Graham to speak ata Pentagon observance of next week's National Day of Prayer. An Army spokesman said Graham's remarks criticizing Islam were "not appropriate."

Kingston notes that Family Research Council President Tony Perkins also was disinvited from speaking at an Air Force prayerlunch for supporting the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
policy on gays.

Kingston says both men "were simply stating their beliefs, based on the teachings of the Bible."

He adds that military chaplains appear to have been intimidated into delivering generic "milquetoast prayers" that are little more than pleasant thoughts.