It’s bad enough that military chaplains and members of our armed services are under assault for sharing their religious beliefs. And the Air Force Academy is forcing cadets to erase scripture from their personal whiteboards. But now POW/MIA displays are under attack if they contain a Bible.
The POW/MIA Missing Man Table is a place of honor set in the memory of those who have fallen, are missing or imprisoned while in service to our country. Yet the table at the Riverside Dining Facility at Patrick Air Force Base has been removed because a Bible was part of the display:
“The 45th Space Wing deeply desires to honor America’s Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) personnel,” commanders said in a written statement. “Unfortunately, the Bible’s presence or absence on the table at the Riverside Dining Facility ignited controversy and division, distracting from the table’s primary purpose of honoring POWs/MIAs. Consequently, we temporarily replaced the table with the POW/MIA flag in an effort to show our continued support of these heroes while seeking an acceptable solution to the controversy.”
“After consultation with several relevant organizations, we now intend to re-introduce the POW/MIA table in a manner inclusive of all POWs/MIAs as well as Americans everywhere.” the statement said.
Of course there was no word as to whether or not the Bible would be returned, or what the base commanders meant by an “inclusive” display. Our service members sacrifice too much to defend our rights to have theirs denied.