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Air Force Religion

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The Air Force is issuing new guidelines on religious tolerance:

The document directs chaplains to “respect the rights of others to their own religious beliefs, including the right to hold no beliefs.”

Good.

However, I can’t quite square this statement:

The guidelines do not ban public prayer outright and say short, nonsectarian prayers may be included in special ceremonies or events, but only to lend a sense of solemnity and not to promote specific beliefs.

with this one:

The guidelines state that members of the Air Force “will not officially endorse or establish religion, either one specific religion, or the idea of religion over non-religion.”

Does “nonsectarian prayer” leave room for “non-religion”?

Associated Press: Air Force discourages public prayer