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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Squeezing God Out of the Military

Barack Obama must think that his title of Commander-in-Chief enables him to banish religion from the U.S. military. In July 2011, Obama's Department of Veterans Affairs banned any mention of Jesus Christ during burials at Houston National Cemetery. Hundreds of demonstrators turned out on Independence Day to support a lawsuit against the ban. After that, the ban was lifted. In September 2011, the U.S. Army issued guidelines for Walter Reed Hospital that read: "No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials ...) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit." The hospital rescinded this policy only after Congressman Steve King reported it to the House of Representatives. King said, This order means you can't bring in a Bible and read from it when you visit your son in the veterans hospital. It means a priest coming to visit a veteran on his deathbed couldn't offer the Last Rites. This is outrageous. Embarrassed Walter Reed officials then cancelled this policy.

In February 2012, responding to complaints from atheists, the Air Force removed the Latin word for God, Dei, from the logo of the Rapid Capabilities Office, and also removed the motto, written in Latin, which means "Doing God's Work With Other People's Money." The new logo says, "Doing Miracles with Other People's Money." However, the atheists are still whining because they object to the word miracles, too. In February 2012, the U.S. Army warned Catholic chaplains not to read from an Archbishop's letter opposing the Obama Administration's mandate that all employers, including religious hospitals, schools, and colleges, must pay for abortifacient drugs, contraceptives, and sterilizations for their employees. Most people found it shocking that an order could be issued telling chaplains what they cannot say to members of their own faith during a religious service.

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