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Clergy denounces chaplain policy

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Echoing recent Republican criticism, about a dozen Christian clergy members in Virginia have denounced a new policy that instructs State Police troopers working as chaplains not to invoke specific deities in public prayers offered at government events.

The ministers, who claimed to be speaking on behalf of congregations and pastors across the state, called on Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to rescind the nonsectarian prayer policy, labeling it an affront to Christianity.


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