Nationals "Faith Day" Promoiton Sparks Controversy

August 4, 2007

The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan is opposing a promotion by the Nationals that features a postgame Christian fair, player testimonials and a Christian rock group.

Sunday's "Faith Day" promotion makes those events available to fans who pay an extra fee.

The team says it would put on similar event for any faith group or other organization, but InterFaith Conference officials say using religion to promote ticket sales is divisive.

InterFaith has written a letter to the team expressing concern that religious groups will start handing out literature while the game is going on, and that religious players will engage in what they call "extraordinary" displays of faith.

Other Major League Baseball organizations have held similar "Faith Day" promotions, including the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves.

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