MRFF Coverage by the Right-Wing Evangelical Press: On the Removal of Military Endorsements for Holman Bibles

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U.S. military emblems
removed from Bibles

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The below article by the mainline Christian news agency, Associated Baptist Press News, frames this simple constitutional compliance issue and our foundation in a fair manner, unlike the two articles following it (see below) which show the depths to which our fundamentalist Evangelical opponents will sink in attempts to distort our foundation.

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • The Military Religious Freedom Foundation claims permission granted to LifeWay Christian Resources to imprint official armed forces emblems on Bibles sold to military personnel was unconstitutional.
  • “Once again our foundation has decisively beaten back those who would see the wall separating church and state reduced to rubble,” said Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of MRFF. “The very fact that the Pentagon – or ‘Pentacostal-gon’ – had allowed for the insignias of the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force to be used for such a clearly evangelical fundamentalist agenda should sicken anyone with any inkling of respect for the ‘sacred’ principle of religious freedom as enshrined by the foundational documents of our nation, namely the U.S. Constitution.”
  • The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty expressed disappointment on Tuesday over the decision by the Department of Defense officials to remove military edition Bibles from the shelves of military exchange stores. “This is one more case of Department of Defense officials bowing to political pressure to create a ‘religion free’ zone in the military,” said Chaplain Alliance officials. “From General George Washington until today, military personnel have taken counsel, received comfort, and been encouraged by biblical texts,” said Col. Ron Crews, executive director for the Chaplain Alliance. “These Bibles cost the Department of Defense nothing, and their presence is legally legitimate; therefore, no reason exists for the DoD to retreat in the face of the small anti-religious group that demanded removal of the Bibles.”
  • The DoD had previously granted permission for these Bibles to use branch insignia, according to the alliance. DoD regularly allows vendors to use branch insignia for other books, for paintings, and for other items.However, MRFF claims that it had been contacted by nearly 2,000 service members “who witnessed the Bibles being conspicuously featured on military exchange shelves and storefronts across the globe.”

Click here to read this article at
Associated Baptist Press


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THE BLAZE

Atheist* Group Demands Removal of Select Military Bibles & Calls Them a ‘Threat to National Security’

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The two articles below are deliberate attempts by Christian fundamentalist detractors to smear and distort MRFF’s vision and purpose.

MRFF is not an exclusively atheist group; indeed, 96% of our clients are Christian, and we support religious freedom and pluralism for service personnel of all faiths (or none at all). Our sole purpose as an organization is to safeguard the bedrock Constitutional principles separating church and state.

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • The drama over Bibles in the military seems to be heating up, with church-state separatist groups setting their sights on ensuring that the holy book’s influence — and presence — declines in the ranks.
  • In what will surely raise eyebrows among those who have traditionally appreciated the military’s often Christian undertones, officials have revoked approval for a series of military-themed Bibles. This action was purportedly taken, as Fox News Todd Starnes notes, over trademark issues (or rather: an overt decision to no longer allow the images to be utilized).
  • In addition to protesting the Bibles that have now been banned, the MRFF, seeing a ripe opportunity to further its anti-Bible activism, is now demanding that the remaining books be removed from base exchanges (stores). The atheists claim that the books, which have official branch insignias on them, pose a risk to U.S. national security.
  • The military is claiming that the revocation had nothing at all to do with religion, but the MRFF seems to indicate its belief that anti-theist advocacy is what led to the trademark change-of-heart.
  • As stated, in addition to protesting the emblems — a problem that has now been solved — the atheist group is also demanding that any remaining Bibles that have the insignias be immediately removed from being sold on military bases.

Click here to read this article at The Blaze

 

Click here to read MRFF’s letter to The Blaze editors, and owner Glenn Beck, demanding they retract the despicable smear of MRFF as an “anti-theist advocacy group”


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THE CHRISTIAN POST

Chaplain Alliance Asks Congress to Investigate Removal of Military Bibles

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • An atheist activist group is claiming a victory in its ongoing effort to keep religious expression and symbols out of the U.S. armed services after it was announced that the Department of Defense is removing military edition Bibles from its exchange stores. A chaplain alliance group is asking Congress to investigate whether the action taken was religious discrimination.
  • “Once again our foundation has decisively beaten back those who would see the wall separating church and state reduced to rubble,” said Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of MRFF. “The very fact that the Pentagon – or ‘Pentacostal-gon’ – had allowed for the insignias of the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force to be used for such a clearly evangelical fundamentalist agenda should sicken anyone with any inkling of respect for the ‘sacred’ principle of religious freedom as enshrined by the foundational documents of our nation, namely the U.S. Constitution.”
  • The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty expressed disappointment on Tuesday over the decision by the Department of Defense officials to remove military edition Bibles from the shelves of military exchange stores. “This is one more case of Department of Defense officials bowing to political pressure to create a ‘religion free’ zone in the military,” said Chaplain Alliance officials. “From General George Washington until today, military personnel have taken counsel, received comfort, and been encouraged by biblical texts,” said Col. Ron Crews, executive director for the Chaplain Alliance. “These Bibles cost the Department of Defense nothing, and their presence is legally legitimate; therefore, no reason exists for the DoD to retreat in the face of the small anti-religious group that demanded removal of the Bibles.”
  • The DoD had previously granted permission for these Bibles to use branch insignia, according to the alliance. DoD regularly allows vendors to use branch insignia for other books, for paintings, and for other items.However, MRFF claims that it had been contacted by nearly 2,000 service members “who witnessed the Bibles being conspicuously featured on military exchange shelves and storefronts across the globe.”

Click here to read this article at Christian Post

 

Click here to read MRFF’s request that
The Christian Post correct their mischaracterization of MRFF as an “atheist group”

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