The publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention recently stated that U.S. military insignia is no longer allowed on the Soldier's Bible, Sailor's Bible, Marine's Bible and Airman's Bible. Permission to use the military emblems on the Bibles was granted by the Department of Defense in 2003, but it was withdrawn last year after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) threatened to sue the government for what they say amounted to governmental endorsement of a specific religion. Now, a generic symbol is printed on the Bibles.
Once again, it seems that the concept of “separation of church and state” has been misconstrued and used to scare our government into more political-correctness.
Col. Ron Crews, executive director of The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, made the following statement:
“From General George Washington until today, military personnel have taken counsel, received comfort, and been encouraged by biblical texts. These Bibles cost the Department of Defense nothing, and their presence is legally legitimate; therefore, no reason exists for the DoD to retreat in the face of the small anti-religious group that demanded removal of the Bibles.”