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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Navy Removes Bibles From Guest Rooms

There is growing outrage among sailors and religious liberty advocates over adirective that calls for the removal of Bibles from lodges and hotels run on U.S. Navy bases. The directive comes after an atheist group filed a formal complaint earlier this year over the placement of Bibles in the rooms.

"The current direction is to remove all religious material from Navy Lodge guest rooms," read an email to a Navy chaplain from The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). "For those Navy Lodges with religious materials currently in guest rooms, the Navy Lodge General Manager will contact the Installation Chaplain's office who will provide guidance on the removal procedure disposition of these materials."

The American Family Association received an exclusive copy of a similar directive from NEXCOM, the organization that manages the lodges.

"The Navy Lodge General Manager should advise the Installation Commanding Officer of our intention to work through the chaplain's office to determine what installation policy is and the method to remove religious material currently in the guest rooms," read a directive approved by Michael Bockelman, the vice president of NEXCOM and the director of the Navy Lodge Program.



Anonymous said...

It's only a matter of time before they rule to remove chaplains from the military, and turn chapels into bowling alleys.

Anonymous said...

Why not go the opposite direction and support the first amendment by adding all the religion's books to the room, giving everyone a chance to practice the religion of their choice, and even learn about other religions to better understand them?

There could be an empty shelf there for the Atheists!

Anonymous said...

This is a natural exstension of the seperation of church and state, which I (as a Christian) firmly agree with and support.

lmclain said...

"Deny me, and I will deny you before my Father."
Each makes their own choice.
Choose wisely.

Anonymous said...

We really do need to pay attention to what they want - NOT!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Reserving a room at the Navy Lodge:

"Hello. Welcome to the Navy Lodge. How can I assist you?"

"I'd like to make a reservation for the 7th and 8th of next month for two nights. Two beds for two adults, please."

"Yes, sir. That will be two beds for two nights on the 7th and 8th.
As you know, all of our rooms are no-smoking. Will you prefer a religious room, an athiest room, or a no religious preference room?"

"Oh, I'd forgotten about that. As my wife is Jewish and I'm an agnostic, please send up a Torah, and put us in a room with a mezuzah and the Star of David shower curtains, and, for me, make sure that we have cable with the Discovery Channel."

Anonymous said...

while waiting for a friend who was having testing done at PRMC yesterday, I decided to review my sermon notes from Sunday's service. I decided to look up one of the verses that I had noted and glanced around the tables and there were no Bibles...I had forgotten that PRMC also had that restriction...sad state of affairs in this country. If you don't like 'em don't read 'em. Im okay with having other religions information/books in my presence.

Anonymous said...

Actually, having heard so many claims of what is contained in the different religions' books, I would welcome the opportunity to look a lot of this stuff up for myself, especially while I'm on respite in a hotel room. Why not provide all to all? That is how to provide true hospitality.

And it's First Amendment friendly.

Anonymous said...

Replaced with a koran.

Anonymous said...

The atheist who filed the complaint is a traitor and should be shot between the eyes. I believe Obama is behind this.

They were told to box them for donations. What has been happening is they were throwing them away.

They are treating the Bible as something as corrosive like pornography.

Anonymous said...

4:02 & others who - In GOD We Trust! Don't like our motto? Go live in another country. Good riddance!

Anonymous said...

HMM... as I see it, there has been no infringement of anyone's religious liberty here, and the establishment clause was upheld.

Unless the Government wants to supply every viable religious holy book of every conceivable religion and sect, then they are in violation. Especially if they provide only Bibles.

No one, at any time, has told someone who uses the room that they cannot bring their own Bible, or pray, or whatever religiousity they want to express. No religious liberty has been restricted.

I find this as a stellar affirmation of the brilliance of the establishment clause of the Constitution.