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Atheists protest, Air Force reacts

#1  Postby DoctorE » Apr 24, 2012 11:51 am

A former Navy chaplain who fights to defend religious freedom says it's an outrage that Air Force officials appear ready to remove a requirement for Bibles to be placed in on-base lodging rooms.

The Warner Robins Patriot, a Georgia newspaper, recently reported that officials with Air Force Services Operations have apparently agreed in principle to remove the requirement that Bibles be placed in base lodging by the Gideons. That report -- although disputed somewhat by an Air Force spokesman -- comes following protests from a group called the "Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers."

MAAF claimed that the placement of Bibles in on-base rooms was a "special privilege for Christianity," and an Air Force agency said that a legal review showed "no requirement to have Bibles in the lodging checklist." The atheist group -- which says it had been contacted by a "cockpit atheist" in Kadena Airbase in Japan -- had complained that the accreditation checklist specifying the exact contents of a room included a Bible.

An Air Force official describes that list as "an extensive, 1,200-item checklist" used by innkeepers "to insure standards are being met and maintained." The reference in the checklist is in the form of a question: "Is a Bible provided?"

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#2  Postby Nostalgia » Apr 24, 2012 8:20 pm

When will people realise freedom of religion also means freedom FROM religion? :dunno:
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#3  Postby Weaver » Apr 24, 2012 9:15 pm

You would think that the Air Force would get the hint ...

Sadly, it appears that actions such as this one will need to continue for a while.
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#4  Postby LarianLeQuella » Apr 26, 2012 12:46 pm

The only use I have ever had for a hotel bible is when I ran out of toilet paper...

And if someone is seriously all that attached to bibles, they will be carrying their own. It's a totally superfluous item to have on a checklist...
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#5  Postby Shrunk » Apr 26, 2012 1:01 pm

Nice unbiased news source there. :lol:

I like the poll they have accompanying the story:

How would you describe this decision?

Quiet effort to avoid controversy - 5.16%

Example of discrimination against Christianity - 52.14%

Sure sign political correctness rules in military - 42.70%

Give them credit: They managed to produce a Pharyngula-proof poll.
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