Air Base Command Removes All POW/MIA Memorial Tables Rather Than Remove Sectarian Religious Branding
A Department of Defense contractor (and Air Force veteran) stationed at Al Udeid (Qatar) Air Base contacted MRFF President/Founder, Mikey Weinstein regarding the religious branding (Christian Bible Placement) of POW/MIA Memorial Tables located at the air base. According to its Wikipedia entry, Al Udeid Air Base is a military base southwest of Doha, Qatar host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces Central Command, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF.
Shortly after contacting Mikey, MRFF’s client in this instance of religious branding of a POW/MIA Memorial Table emailed the result of MRFF’s contact with the Al Udeid Air Base command regarding this unconstitutional religious messaging:
“It turns out that the MRFF has been engaged in a long discussion with the military about POW/MIA tables that recognized troops of all faiths. Recently, I noticed the displays were gone entirely. I haven’t found a notice, or policy change announcement. My assumption is that the DoD or base commander made the decision that, ‘if the display can’t have a Bible, there won’t be a display.’ It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a display honoring those gone but not forgotten, but I still feel that it’s better to have that empty space than an altar to Christianity in a military that has non-Christian members as a rising minority, especially among younger troops.
Thank you MRFF for fighting for troops (and people like me who work with the troops in a khaki and polo uniform) who silently bear a culture that privileges Christians, and for pushing back against prominent displays of religion that exclude the rest of us. We fight for the right of freedom of religion, and your organization helps us enjoy that right.”
A Grateful Veteran