Military to Rescind Policy Banning Families from Bringing Bibles and Other Religious Materials to Wounded Loved Ones

What I want to know is, why they were banned in the first place?  Who’s responsible for this policy?  And, how the heck did this even happen?

Does anyone else get that nagging feeling that a Muzzy is somehow behind this?

U.S. Military to Rescind Policy Banning Bibles at Hospital
By Todd Starnes - RadioFOXNews

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones.

The decision to rescind the ban on Bibles came exactly one day after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor and called on President Obama to publicly renounce the military policy.

“The President of the United States should address this and should excoriate the people who brought about this policy and the individual who brought it about should be dismissed from the United States Military,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Fox News & Commentary.

King spoke from the House floor Thursday blasting a policy memorandum from the commander of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center written by Chief of Staff C.W. Callahan. The September 14th memo covers guidelines for “wounded, ill, and injured partners in care.”

“No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit,” the policy states.

“That means you can’t bring in a Bible and read from it when you visit your son or your daughter, perhaps – or your wife or husband,” King said. “It means a priest that might be coming in to visit someone on their death bed couldn’t bring in the Eucharist, couldn’t offer Last Rites. This is the most outrageous affront.”

A spokesperson for the medical center told Fox News late Friday that the policy will be rewritten and its intent will be made “crystal clear.”

“The instructions about the Bibles and reading material have been rescinded,” said Sandy Dean, a public affairs officer for Walter Reed. “It will be written to articulate our initial intention which was to respect religious and cultural practices of our patients.”

Dean said the instruction was “in no way meant to prohibit family members from providing religious items to their loved ones at all.”

If that’s the case, why is the policy being rescinded?

“We don’t want there to be any misinterpretation of what we’re trying to say,” she told Fox News. “We appreciate Congressman King bringing this to our attention. We don’t want our instructions to be ambiguous.”

We appreciate him bringing it to our attention.

Rep. King said the military has some explaining to do.

“I don’t think there’s any excuse for it and there’s no talking it away,” King told Fox News. “The very existence of this, whether it’s enforced or not, tells you what kind of a mindset is there.”

“The idea that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that have fought to defend our Constitution, and that includes our First Amendment rights to religious liberty –would be denied that religious liberty when they are lying in a hospital bed recovering from wounds incurred while defending that liberty is the most bitter and offensive type of an irony that I can think of,” he said.

The policy has brought strong condemnation from religious and conservative advocacy groups.

“It flies in the face of not only the Bill of Rights, but 200 years of federal law,” said Ken Klukwoski, of the Family Research Council. “This current administration is showing unprecedented hostility towards those practicing the Christian faith.”

“But beyond that,” he told Fox News, “We’ve also seen a militantly secular attitude of trying to sterilize the Defense Department of all references to faith.”

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, echoed Rep. King’s demand that whoever is responsible for the memo be fired.

“It cannot be allowed to stand,” Land told Fox News. “It must be rescinded and the people responsible for perpetrating it should be fired.”

Land said the policy “shows the ugly face of the pseudo-tolerance of secularism.”

“They claim to be tolerant but this is as intolerant as you can be – to not allow wounded soldiers to have religious artifacts,” Land said.

King said Americans must “take a very strong stand.”

“Christians are generally nice people and for that reason they can victimize the Christians in this country,” he said. “There was a reason that Christ gave us the demonstration of righteous anger when he threw the money changers out of the temple. It gives us some license to throw these kinds of people out of the military.”

King said he’s been alarmed at a trend he’s seen to scrub Christianity from the military – most recently the decision to remove a cross from an Army chapel in northern Afghanistan because it violated Army regulations.

He placed the blame on the Obama Administration.

“This is Orwellian,” he said. “Who would have believed even two or five years ago that the Executive branch of government led by our Commander in Chief Barack Obama would produce some kind of document that would prohibit family members coming into our military hospitals

Klukwoski said he’s noticed a similar trend in what he called “anti-faith measures.”

“We are seeing a shocking level of hostility towards religious faith but beyond that – we’ve also seen a militantly secular attitude of trying to sterilize the defense department of all references to faith and references,” he said.

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5 Comments on “Military to Rescind Policy Banning Families from Bringing Bibles and Other Religious Materials to Wounded Loved Ones”


  1. The strong possibility exists — that religious extremists — initiated this “No Bible for loved-ones” policy.

    Why?

    Because such religious extremists could counting on a backlash against such an absurd policy — which would be directed towards science-minded Secular Humanists.

  2. memaw1942 Says:

    We’re quickly becoming a Godless nation, everyone tries to be politically correct.We have a judicial system that is anti Christian, and Christians who choose not to fight for what they claim to believe in.
    This nation was founded up Biblical principles and our first amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” What these people have done is redefine the 1st amendment as saying “separation of church and state” which is clearly not what the text reads. The only limit was placed on congress and congress alone to make no laws one way or the other!”
    It is plain that those who passed the law to prohibit the bringing of Bibles or religious articles to the wounded is trying “to sterilize the defense department of all references to faith and references,” and not only the defense department but the whole United States of America..
    I’m thankful for Rep. Steve King who caught this, denounced this and called on President Obama to publicly renounce the military policy. I’m also thankful to Dr. Bulldog and Ronin for keeping us up to date on these horrendous acts of Congress…

  3. Pete Says:

    “The instructions about the Bibles and reading material have been rescinded,” said Sandy Dean, a public affairs officer for Walter Reed. “It will be written to articulate our initial intention which was to respect religious and cultural practices of our patients.”

    In other words IF there are any moslems in the hospital YOU as a non moslem are offending them just by being a non moslem and bringing in a christian OR jewish religious items are DOUBLY OFFENDING them. As we all know JUST like in europe you CAN NOT offend a moslem, or they may (or will) kill you. So I can only surmise this order is to make sure you are not shot, stabbed or blown up while in the hospital.

    How caring of those who made up this rule. ( sarcasm switch is now off ).

  4. Leatherneck Says:

    In order to get America to finally be a part of the New Age, the military has to be changed. The one change that condems America is that pushing poop is now Honorable.

    Welcome to the time of Noah.

  5. orfan Says:

    So, what about all the muslim prayer rooms, etc.? There are an abundant supply of pictures of muslim soldiers in uniform asslifting on military bases. Why does it seem to be that all religion “Except Islam” is banned?


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