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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Anti-Religious Assault on the Bible

Here's another example of the mean-spirited campaign to expunge religion in general and Christianity in particular from any public place. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, probably our country's most famous military hospital, established a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones. Here is the text of the hospital policy: "No religious items (i.e., Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit." It's really hard for most of us to comprehend the nastiness of the hospital officials who created that obnoxious policy. Thanks to Representative Steve King of Iowa who strongly denounced this policy in Congress, the hospital rescinded the policy.

Representative King was eloquent in denouncing this hateful policy. He said, "That [policy] means you can't bring in a Bible and read from it when you visit your son.... It means a priest that might be coming to visit someone on their death bed ... couldn't offer last Rites. This is the most outrageous affront."

The hospital then issued some stupid equivocations that made no sense and pretended to deny the policy. King said, "If there wasn't a policy, why is it being rescinded? There's no talking it away... The very existence of this, whether it's enforced or not, tells you what kind of a mindset is there." King said he's been alarmed at "a trend he's seen to scrub Christianity from the military-- most recently the decision to remove a cross from an Army chapel in northern Afghanistan.... We are seeing a shocking level of hostility towards religious faith, but beyond that -- we've also seen a militantly secular attitude of trying to sterilize the defence department of all references to faith." I'm glad we have some wonderful Congressmen like Steve King to speak out against Obama Administration outrages.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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