Thursday, August 09, 2007

Generals in trouble over religious video that also featured the head of EPA

An update on an item from a few months ago http://blogforcleanair.blogspot.com/2007/03/beware-ides-of-march-science-vs-faith.html
in which we noted that Steve Johnson, the head of EPA, was a prominent though only vaguely identified player in a promotional video by a religious group.

Some generals were also in that video -- and now they are in hot water.

The Defense Department's inspector general has found that four generals and three other military officers improperly participated in that fundraising video for an evangelical Christian group, inappropriately offering support for the religious organization while appearing to operate within the scope of their official government duties, according to a 47-page investigative report.

In that video, EPA's Johnson notes he welcomes people to come to his office early in the morning for Bible study. He is apparently less open, however, to those carrying notebooks. According to the Fresno Bee, he kept the media out of a meeting to discuss Fresno's notoriously bad air: http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/story/107843.html .

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