Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania’s Times Leader covers MRFF’s victory in getting the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center to remove enormous Bible from its POW/MIA table: “Organization claims success in getting Bible removed from VA’s POW/MIA table”

Published On: January 20, 2024|Categories: Top News|4 Comments|
Side by side before and after photos of table showing bible gone in after photo

Article quotes Medical Center Director Russell E. Lloyd, who claims to have just learned about the concerns with the Bible, when the facility has known about this issue since last June, when another Bible was removed from the table after a complaint from a veteran, and last August, when MRFF got a Bible that had been replaced on the table removed. Lloyd told the paper:

“Our number one priority is providing the high-quality care that Veterans deserve – and that means ensuring that our facility is a fully-inclusive, welcoming environment for every Veteran who visits for their care. After learning of concerns, we made the decision to update the Missing Man Table Display.”

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  1. Bob January 25, 2024 at 1:29 am

    As a veteran, I firmly stand behind the inclusion of the Bible on the POW table. The Bible represents more than just a religious text; it embodies the resilience, hope, and unwavering faith that have sustained countless individuals in the face of adversity, including prisoners of war. Placing the Bible on the POW table serves as a powerful symbol of the spiritual strength and comfort that many service members have drawn from during their captivity. It honors the sacrifices made by those who have endured unimaginable hardships in service to their country, reminding us of the values and principles that unite us as a nation. The presence of the Bible on the POW table is not about imposing beliefs, but about recognizing and honoring the diverse faith traditions and sources of solace that have helped countless veterans find courage and perseverance in the darkest of times.

  2. Grey One Talks Sass January 25, 2024 at 3:50 am

    Wow Bob. What a bunch of crap. Yeah. Bunch of deluded beliefs stuck together with privilege and Christian nationalism.

    The Christian Bible represents only the Christian worldview. No other religion is contained in the Christian Bible except Christianity. None. Or are you not that familiar with the messages the book contains?

    So, with your arrogance you claim the Christian Bible is a symbol of strength for those in battle or who have been captured, ignoring anyone else on that battlefield or in captivity who weren’t Christian. In your comment you dismissed their stories by telling them all they don’t matter, only your chosen faith is important.

    Can you see why I called you out? In public you defecated on everyone who doesn’t worship as you do. You demeaned the same military personnel you claim to revere. So yeah, I called what you wrote a bunch of crap. Seems accurate.

  3. Tom O January 25, 2024 at 9:54 am

    Bob wrote “The presence of the Bible on the POW table is not about imposing beliefs, but about recognizing and honoring the diverse faith traditions and sources of solace that have helped countless veterans find courage and perseverance in the darkest of times.”
    Only in the authoritarians’ alternate universe is the display of ONE RELIGION’s holy book “about recognizing and honoring the diverse faith traditions.”

  4. Mike March 31, 2024 at 8:23 pm

    Instead of removing the bible, why not add the torah, the koran and any other religious writings? Make it inclusive of all faiths.

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