U.S. Air Force Removes Bible from POW/MIA Display in Florida
American Family Association Says Anti-Christian Attacks Are Insult to Troops, Families
Officials have made a point of claiming that
there is no war on religious liberty in the U.S. Air Force. If that’s true, why
do Bibles and Bible verses seem to be disappearing from that branch of the
Earlier this month, Air Force Academy leaders asked a cadet to remove a
Bible verse—Galatians 2:20—from the whiteboard on his door. The act created a
furor over religious liberty in the Air Force and led to a hearing with the
Armed Services Committee, where Air
Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members that there was no war on
religious liberty in the Air Force.
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 Bible was first reported
by the Florida Today newspaper and later by Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
American Family Association (AFA,
www.afa.net) says these recent headlines certainly shed
light on the fact that the squashing of religious liberties is a major problem within
the U.S. Air Force.
“If there is indeed freedom of
religion in the Air Force,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon, “then why are we
hearing of instances where the Bible and a Bible verse are being thrown out the
window? And these latest two are just the ones we’re hearing about! Every other
faith within the military is afforded special rights and open doors—except
Christianity. What a sad state when the religious freedoms our military is
supposed to be standing for are denied to the very men and women who sacrifice
to protect them.”
Officials at Patrick AFB in
Florida confirmed to Fox News yesterday 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,” Fox News’s Starnes writes.
“It’s puzzling to us that a few
people who complain about the inclusion of a Bible on a table or a Bible verse
on a door can completely wipe out the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
and stomp on the memories of those taken prisoner or missing in action because
they were defending that Constitution. This is nothing less than an insult to
the families of these brave men and women – and to all Americans who honor and
remember them,” Wildmon said.
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Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by
Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in
Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines
of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National
Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988.
Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in
the country with more than one million online
supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA
owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner.
Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation
and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated
around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com that rally Christian activists to
contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV
shows. AFA websites average over 6
million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these
means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout