Americans United Decries Military 'Free Day'

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A group wants the Department of Defense to
investigate the promotion of a Christian church service connected
with Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter Wednesday to the inspector general. The letter calls for an investigation of the Army post's ``Free Day Away.'' For the day, soldiers leave the post for recreation, dinner and an evangelical church service. It is hosted by Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lebanon, Mo.

The issue has been raised in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., by a Fort Riley soldier. That soldier is suing over alleged violations of his religious freedoms. He also participated in ``Free Day Away'' during basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in 2004.

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