5/20/16 ARMY TIMES – Soldier says Bible used during Army ball; religious-freedom group wants answers

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  1. DaveG

    The article at the link links to:


    Which has these comments (see my reply):

    Montgomery Granger
    The State University of New York at Stony Brook
    Maybe the same way chapels exist on government property. We don’t remove the chapel or stop taking care of the property because it may offend someone. Chaplains freely wear the religious insignia of their faith on their uniforms. The Constitution does not provide for separation of church and state. In fact, the intent was to keep government out of religion, not religion out of government. The free expression clause gives the foundation for government employee’s freely expressing their religious beliefs, and not just when out of uniform. The chapel I attended at FOB Spartan in Ashraf, Iraq in 2005, boasted a cross flag and the 91st Psalm on the tent door, thank God. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” merely means the government cannot force you to worship or not. It means they cannot create a religion you have to follow. There is nothing in that statement that says there cannot be a bible in a display. Otherwise, chaplains would have to retire, and certainly would not be allowed to hand out free bibles to troops donated by Christian organizations. Those who feel offended by the bible can look the other way. It doesn’t proselytize, preach or evangelize. It represents the free exercise of religion, not the government forcing you into one anymore than “In God We Trust” on our currency forces you into a relationship with God.

    Dave Gentile
    Rensselaer at Hartford
    [Mister Granger, ]You write really well for someone with such a weak grip on fact and logic. You’re halfway right – the Bible on display would be somewhat-less-unacceptable were it accompanied by symbols of other faiths: Torah, Koran, etc. By itself, it sends a clear message of illegal Christian Hegemony.
    It’s sickening to me that Christians, with their overwhelming majority status in American civil and military life, are so arrogant and defensive when called on to obey the law, much less “share the playpen”. Perhaps that’s inevitable when you worship the most evil being in fiction.

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