National Guardsmen Banned from Church Service

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National Guard troops in Missouri have been banned from attending a church service in their honor.

Bible Baptist Church in Carthage wanted to honor members of the community as part of their annual vacation bible school using the theme "God's Rescue Squad."

Local firefighters and sheriffs attended the patriotic services. The church also invited members of the National Guard to attend, but they didn't show up.

The reason? The National Guard said it received the invitation too late.

But it another factor also played a possible role: federal policy actually forbids the military from taking part in events sponsored by religious organizations.

Pastor Kent Hogan spoke with CBN News Reporter Charlene Aaron about the controversy. Click play for his comments.

Pastor Kent Hogan spoke with CBN News Reporter Charlene Aaron about the controversy. Click play for his comments.

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