Air Force Removes Bible From POW-MIA Display

March 31, 2014 7:12 pmViews: 3162

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Because of years of an assault on religious liberty in this country many of our long held traditions of honor are going away. Back in mid-March a Missing Man Table at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida included a Bible on the display and because a single person complained, the table was first removed and then will be reintroduced, "in a manner inclusive of all POWs/MIAs as well as Americans everywhere.”

The First Amendment was written not to remove religion from the public square, but to protect it. It was written so that Congress and the State would not create a religion and force us to follow it however, it was not written for one person to be able to remove a time honored display of a cross, a Bible or the 10 Commandments from the public square. Those things are no more an establishment of religion than  a person simply proclaiming themselves to be a doctor or a lawyer without the requisite education and certifications.

We have lost our minds as a nation when we can publicly display all manner of deviant behavior, but not display a simple Bible sitting on a table without someone crying foul and being offended.

Read more below from Fox News:

On March 14 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members of the House Armed Services committee that there was no war on religious liberty.

“The single biggest frustration I’ve had in this job is the perception that somehow there is religious persecution inside the United States Air Force,” the general told lawmakers. “It is not true.”

If that’s true, perhaps Gen. Welsh could explain why a Bible was removed from a POW/MIA Missing Man Table at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. The removal of the Good Book was first reported by the Gannett-owned newspaper Florida Today.

Base officials confirmed to Fox News Monday that the entire Missing Man Table display had been removed from a dining hall because of the Bible. A press statement said the inclusion of the Bible ignited “controversy and division.”

Missing Man Tables are a long honored military tradition. The tables serve as a reminder of the plight of brave Americans who are missing in action or who are being held prisoner of war. The display includes a white table cloth setting with an inverted glass, a plate with lemon and salt, a single rose, a candle and a Bible.

Each item is an integral part of the Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony, according to the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia.

“The Bible represents the strength gained through faith in our country, founded as one nation under god, to sustain those lost from our midst,” the official ceremony document states.

However, someone at Patrick Air Force Base objected to the Bible’s placement on the table.

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