Fort Dix, NJ, Soldiers Enlist MRFF’s Help to Get Christian Cross Sculpture Removed from Lobby of Training Command Building

Published On: August 26, 2021|Categories: Featured News, News|7 Comments|
Close up of Christian cross sculpture at entrance to Training Command building

Currently sitting in the primary entrance lobby of the Mission Command Complex of the 84th Training Command at Fort Dix in New Jersey is a grouping of small but very noticeable statues. On the left is a soldier posed with his weapon. On the right is a soldier carrying a fallen soldier. But it’s the sculpture in the middle that a group of 17 soldiers, including the soldier who sent the below photos to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), want removed. To the soldiers, this sculpture, the focal point of which is a Christian cross, is a completely unacceptable and in-your-face promotion of Christian supremacy by the command. The MRFF client, who encountered the display on a visit to Fort Dix and sent the photos to MRFF, described it as “quite jarring.”

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  1. Edward Goings August 28, 2021 at 10:30 am

    I am a Christian religious. As much as I love crosses and other religious symbols. I find this as a breach of policy as well as against the Constitution to which you serve. Which says separation of church and state. I’m not opposed to having this close to the chaplains office or entrance or even within the chapel itself, but yet it must be removable at times for other groups, such as those who follow Wicca and pagan rites to have also a place of religious safety..

  2. Tim Stewart August 28, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Note to Edward Goings: If you had ever read our Constitution you would know that the phrase “separation of church and state” is NO WHERE in that document. What it does say is that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,”.

  3. Linda Weiand August 28, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Tim Stewart. Thank you for pointing out what so many people don’t Know about the constitution. The constitution SPECIFICALLY Stated that the United States government could not establish a religion the way England did When they broke from the church and established The Church-of England.

  4. Andrew August 29, 2021 at 5:17 am

    No where in the constitution does it say that there must be separation of religion and the state! If there is please tell me where is says that.

  5. Tom O August 29, 2021 at 10:04 am

    The same theocrats who repeatedly claim that the Constitution does not require separation of church and state because the phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution also repeatedly claim that the Constitution protects THEIR “religious liberty,” “religious freedom,” or “freedom of religion,” (phrases which are also NOT in the Constitution) and THEIR supposed right to use the power of government to push THEIR religion on others. They never want to say specifically how they believe church and state should not be separate, because what they really want is unification of (THEIR) church and state. Another example of how theocrats think THEIR freedom overrides everyone else’s.

  6. Wayne Mortensen August 29, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Regardless of what the constitution state, a teaching of Christianity is to be respectful of others and their faith or lack of faith. That teaching can be found in various forms in other faith traditions. We are to respect one another. Everyone should be able to express their religious faith without criticism from others. I personally do not support trying to change the beliefs of others, God is in charge and will draw a person to where he wants them.

  7. Richard White, SFC (ret.) August 29, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I encountered a woman recently who identified herself as an Evangelical who actually claimed that the federal or state or city government allowing others to be practicing Catholics, practicing Methodists, practicing Lutherans, practicing Presbyterians, practicing Jews, practicing Muslims or practicing any other religion other than Evangelicalism somehow “violated her Constitutional Right to Religious freedom”. My late father was an ordained American Baptist Convention minister and was the pastor at churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New Mexico over a 40 year period – and Southern Baptists and Evangelicals tried everything short of arson or murder to stop him because, according to them, the American Baptist Convention was not Christian. It is instructive that every group or individual that claims the United States is a Christian nation only means whatever variant of Christianity they personally practice.

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