Naval Academy Refuses Use of Chapel for Non-Christian Weddings


American Humanist Association Represents Ensign Refused Humanist Wedding

Contact: Brian Magee,, 202-238-9088 ext. 105
Bill Burgess,, 202-238-9088 ext. 102

U.S. Naval Academy administrators have denied a request from a recent graduate to hold his planned humanist wedding in the academy’s chapel, declaring that the chapel is only to be used for Christian ceremonies.

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter sent yesterday to United States Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller and Senior Chaplain Commander Michael Gore asking the decision be reversed and confirm that it is not the policy of the Naval Academy “to forbid non-Christians from using the Chapel for their wedding ceremonies.”

“This discriminatory policy is unconstitutional,” the letter states. “The Naval Academy cannot deny use of its publicly owned facilities on the basis of the religious views of those wishing to do so.”

Written By: American Humanist Association
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  1. Another “no brainer” that, for some strange reason, eludes Christians. Christian privilege rears its ugly head yet again.

  2. It’s like ‘Wackamole’; I love it when they raise their heads and say what they believe! Wack! Wack! Let’s hear it for the AHA.

  3. Why is there a chapel at a naval academy to begin with? That’s illegal. The U.S. Naval Academy administrators need to be court marshaled, and sent to prison for not upholding their oath of office to protect the Constitution.

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