- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Officials at an Air Force base near Clovis are denying claims that they improperly promoted an upcoming religious event.

The Clovis News Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1LOa3BS) emails about an Aug. 15 Gospel Explosion event planned for the Cannon Air Force Base chapel said “please post everywhere and spread the word.”

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation says a master sergeant and first lieutenants sent emails to seven people who later contacted the organization. In a news release Thursday the group said the emails could be construed as supporting or endorsing religion, which violates base policy.

Base public affairs representative Lt. Erin Recanzone says the invitation was promoted just like any base-hosted event, including standup comics and golf tournaments.

She says the base thoroughly investigates all concerns related to religious freedom.

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Information from: Clovis News Journal, https://www.cnjonline.com

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