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Monday, June 23, 2014

We’re Missing the “Missing Man Table”

We count on our military to protect our liberties, but what happens when some in the military refuse to stand up for them? Sadly, that seems to be the case at an Air Force base in Florida. The controversy focuses on what’s called the Missing Man Table. It’s meant to honor soldiers, sailors, and airmen missing in action or held as prisoners of war. The table is a fixture at military installations and is set with several symbolic elements: a white table cloth, an inverted glass, a rose, a plate with a slice of lemon and a dash of salt, and a Bible. According to the official procedures for this ceremony, “The Bible represents the strength gained through faith in our country, founded as one nation under God, to sustain those lost from our midst.”

But this is apparently too much for some atheist at Patrick Air Force Base, who complained that the inclusion of the Bible offended him. Instead of telling the offended party to get over it, base commanders decided to remove the entire Missing Man Table, including the Bible. The press statement about the decision said the Bible was causing “controversy and division,” and declared that a new display would be set up in an “inclusive” manner. Statements about inclusion don’t make sense when a traditional memorial honoring POWs and MIAs is taken down because of one person’s compliant, especially when the objection is to the Bible that represents the faith of thousands of Americans who never returned from battle.

Of course, the Chief of Staff denies that the Air Force will no longer stand up for religious liberty, but retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin is closer to the truth when he said, “They buckle to an extreme minority group every time, and constitutionally, they are simply wrong.” Christians had better wake up and realize that our faith is under attack and it’s up to us to defend it.

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