The National Society for Daughters of the American Revolution – one of the nation’s oldest patriotic organizations – came under fire early this year after some members accused it of removing mention of Jesus Christ from its Ritual and Missal books.
The books are the primary guide for chaplains.
But local and national leaders say the changes in the prayer books are simply to reflect the organization’s diversity.
“They want to be more sensitive to each religion and each chapter,” said Susan Moon, regent for the Greater Crossings Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Somerset.
The controversy was sparked after some members objected to the changes, according to a Fox News report.
Some members reportedly compared the old book to the revised edition and found: “Every single prayer closing in the name of Jesus Christ no longer included the name of Jesus Christ.”
DAR leaders at the group’s Washington headquarters sought to ease concerns by posting a statement on its website. It read in part:
The posting helped to clarify the misunderstanding, NSDAR spokeswoman Bren Landon told The Tribune-Democrat.
“Many of the members we have heard from have found that the statement helped to clarify their questions,” Landon said by email.
Moon said DAR chapters are free to pray according to their beliefs
“Each chapter may tailor it a little differently,” she said. “They’re being more sensitive, making sure every religion is represented.”
Founded in 1890, DAR has 170,000 members and 3,000 chapters in the United States and internationally.
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