Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2003]
If you look closely at the picture above, you will note that all the Marines pictured are bowing their heads. That's because they're praying. The incident took place at a recent ceremony honoring the birthday of the corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms.
"These are federal employees," says Lucius Traveler, a spokesman for the ACLU, "on federal property and on federal time. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately."
When asked about the ACLU's charges, Colonel Jack Fessender, speaking for the Commandant of the Corps said (cleaned up a bit), "Screw the ACLU."
Origins: Like an earlier e-mail about the alleged removal of cross-shaped headstones from cemeteries, this item is a fabricated exaggeration of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) stance on the overlap of government and religion. It doesn't represent either a real event or a position the ACLU has taken, and the supposed spokespeople
The ACLU also notes the falsity of this item in a web site FAQ entry:
Last updated: 11 April 2011