A couple of months ago, a member of the Military Religion Freedom Foundation saw that there was a “Missing Man” table — dedicated to prisoners of war or those missing in action — at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. Those tables are fairly commonplace at military bases, but this one had a Bible on the table, suggesting that POW/MIAs were only Christian and that atheists and people of other faiths didn’t make the same sacrifices as other soldiers.
That anonymous person informed MRFF’s founder Mikey Weinstein who sent a letter to the base’s commander, Col. Stacy J. Huser. He said he was writing on behalf of 31 clients who were “practicing Protestants or Roman Catholics (19 clients) along with others identifying as Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist along with several atheists, agnostics, secularists, humanists or deists.”
The issue was resolved this past week when Huser informed Weinstein that the Bible would be replaced with a generic “book of faith,” kind of like a journal with blank pages, not specific to any one faith or even faith at all. (Until that journal arrived, the military would rotate between a variety of religious books so as to not promote just one faith.)
That’s the right move by the military.
So naturally, FOX News’ Todd Starnes was up in arms about it. Because how dare the military not promote Christian supremacy?!
Weinstein’s crusade to eradicate Bibles from POW/MIA tables is gaining traction. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals from Ohio to Texas to New York have complied with his demands.
Weinstein claims that many of the complainants objecting to the Bibles on the POW/MIA tables are Christians, but I find that very hard to believe. I don’t know of a single follower of Jesus Christ who is offended by the presence of a Bible.
I find it heartbreaking and deeply offensive that Weinstein and his minions would declare war on a sacred military tradition. And if the Military Religious Freedom Foundation refuses to stand down, we must stand up and urge the Trump administration to defend the POW/MIA tables.
What Starnes ignores (because his victim complex requires it) is that plenty of Christians support church/state separation. Seeing the Bible isn’t offensive to them. Seeing the Bible used in a way that denigrates fellow soldiers who don’t share their beliefs is deeply offensive to them.
Weinstein and MRFF didn’t “declare war on a sacred military tradition,” either. The Missing Man table is still there. The Bible isn’t what makes it sacred; the sacrifice of those soldiers is. So I have no clue what Starnes wants Trump to do… other than create the conditions for a lawsuit.
He’s not the only whiner. William Perry Pendley, writing for the Washington Examiner, calls Weinstein’s complaint “psychobabble nonsense” that “brings dishonor on this country’s uniform.” (Because fighting for religious neutrality is what traitors do…?) He wants Huser booted from her job for caring about non-Christian soldiers.
… President Trump, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, or Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson should remove Huser and restore the Bible to its rightful place.
Gen. Pershing removed the Germans from Allied territory and, days ago, Col. Huser removed the Bible from a memorial. It is not your grandfather’s Air Force anymore. What say you, Mr. President, Secretary Mattis, and Secretary Wilson? Is it yours?
He doesn’t actually make any argument as to why the Bible should be the only book recognized. He’s just mad that the military is accommodating of a diverse group of people.
At least the commander knew she was doing, as did Weinstein. Meanwhile the conservatives who constantly lie about putting “country first” are the ones trying to figure out ways to ignore the contributions of non-Christian soldiers.