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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
April 1, 2014
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 military? 

 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, 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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American Family 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, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as 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 America.  



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