Question

A question.
If a general in the USAF has a Bible on his desk, how is this a violation of any USAF member’s rights?
Isn’t his desk his own personal space?
Isn’t it possible that the general may have a simple curiosity about the bible and was reading it from time to time to further his overall education, as it relates to religion in general?
Would anything be different if he had the following books on his desk at the same time…?
• The Old Testament
• The New Testament
• The Koran
• A book about Satanism
• A book about atheism
• A book about religion in general
I hope you can answer the questions posed above.
Lastly, how many members are in your organization?
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(name withheld)


Response by MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
Hello (name withheld),

An open Bible with underlined passages placed on a work desk where it’s impossible to miss for anyone before that desk is out of place. A general or any other officer can have a Bible or any other religious artifact she or he chooses in personal space, but in one’s work space for the obvious purpose of proselytizing, it’s inappropriate.

No, a general’s desk, provided by the U.S. government, is not his personal space.

Anything is possible, such as scenario you propose, but in the matter in question it was not a single momentary instance but rather a constant.

Your fictitious general is welcome to do his religious study, but not on government time.

Were he to have any one of your list of books on his desk, open, with certain meaningful words, passages or phrases underlined, there for the edification of anyone before that desk, it would be recognized as proselytizing and illegal.

I hope you can read and understand the responses to your questions.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)

 

 

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