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Air Force apparently will remove Bibles from on-base lodging rooms
by Gene Rector
Apr 17, 2012 | 5817 views | 5 5 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Air Force officials have apparently agreed in principle to remove Bibles from on-base lodging rooms following pressure from a atheist group.

Michael Dickerson, Air Force Services Agency spokesman, confirmed to the Air Force Association that a legal review showed "no requirement to have Bibles in the lodging checklist."

The response followed a protest from the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers who push, according to the AFA, to "free the U.S. military of policies that it purports promote religion."

The group claimed that placement of Bibles in on-base rooms was "a special privilege for Christianity." Bibles are placed in on-base lodging by the Gideons.

The decision follows a recent Air Force move to delete suggestions contained in Squadron Officer School reading material that young officers attend chapel regularly.

Dickerson said the Air Force has not directed the removal of Bibles from Air Force inns although a revised checklist will take effect in fiscal year 2013 beginning Oct. 1.

"We continue to review the situation and weigh our multiple First Amendment practices and obligations," he told the AFA.

AFA noted that the atheist group works to remove what it calls "insensitive practices that illegally promote religion over non-religion or unethically discriminate against religions or differing beliefs."
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MAJ. Donnelly
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January 22, 2014
The article states.."The response followed a protest from the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers who push, according to the AFA, to "free the U.S. military of policies that it purports promote religion."

Well, what are you doing with the US dollars and coins which states "In God We Trust" and One Nation Under God"?
Jerome Z
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January 22, 2014
So, let me get this straight. When the government isn't allowing for the promotion, or promoting itself, Christianity and the bible, than it is being oppressed?

I never knew there was a right to have bibles to be required in military lodging. I must have missed that in the Constituiton.
Mike P
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January 22, 2014
Notice how atheists and freethinkers have nothing to add -- they can only subtract. Also, notice how afraid "freethinkers" are of people actually exercising their ability to think freely, particularly when that freedom is directed toward the practice or exploration of religion.
DonkeyRojo
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January 22, 2014
Moderator,

Thanks for posting my 2nd comment without the 1st comment. There was no reason to censor my 1st comment unless you personally don't agree. To sum up my 1st comment: not having Bibles endorses atheism. It's weird that some words on a page hiding in a drawer are so offensive to someone who doesn't believe in it.
DonkeyRojo
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January 22, 2014
Moderator,

Really?! You didn't post my comment from 2 days ago? Seriously?! No 1st Amendment here. You must be one of the offended atheists then.

Remember: God will hold you accountable for not believing in Him because Creation testifies to His existence; Jesus Christ paid for your sins if you will just turn to Him; and He will answer you if you earnestly seek Him.

I used to be an atheist too, but one of the signs intelligence is to read both sides of the story from credible sources. I will be praying for you and hope to see you with Our Lord when He is revealed in all His glory! It's gonna happen whether you think so or not.