Subject: Nice Mole, Lady WASHINGTON - Karl and Rita Girshman showered, then stretched nak
Subject: Nice Mole, Lady
WASHINGTON - Karl and Rita Girshman showered, then stretched
naked on their bed at Big Bend National Park in Texas. They had
spent the day March 4, 1992, hiking and were resting before
The couple were surprised by a man who walked into their room
at Chisos Mountain Lodge without permission. He invited them to
worship Jesus Christ during services at two park amphitheaters.
The man was an employee of National Park Concessionaires, the
company under government contract to run the lodge. He carried
leaflets bearing an arrowhead logo similar to the National Park
Service's logo. The leaflets encouraged them "To Join in
Worshipping Our Lord and Savior".
National Park Concessionaires eventually paid the couple an
undisclosed sum of money as part of an agreement to resolve
their complaints out of court.
The Girshmans, a retired Jewish couple, filed suit Thursday in
U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia. They accused
the park service of violating the First Amendment by
maintaining a too close relationship with Christian Ministry,
the religious group that has held services in dozens of
national parks for over 40 years. Named as defendants were
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Park Service Director
They allege that park officials endorse and support the
ministry, permitting the group to advertise and conduct
religious services without permits, providing rent-free or
subsidized housing to the group's staff, and reserving park
service jobs for the group's ministers.
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