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U.S. Navy booting Bibles from base lodges

By Chris Woodward, Jody Brown OneNewsNow.com

gideon_bibleA national traditional-values group is taking the U.S. Navy to task for directing that Gideon Bibles be removed from every hotel room on its military bases.

A June 19 directive from NEXCOM (Navy Exchange Service Command) has resulted in housekeepers at Navy Lodges and base hotels being instructed to remove Gideon-placed Bibles from the rooms and put them in boxes that would be taken to donation centers. One of those housekeepers informed the American Family Association (AFA) of the new policy via an email.

In an Action Alert to its supporters on Monday, AFA says the directive orders lodge managers to contact base commanders and chaplains and facilitate removing the Bibles and other "religious material currently in the guest rooms." According to the NEXCOM directive, the action is to be completed by September 1.

AFA's director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, finds the Navy's move upsetting. She says Christians need to fight back.

"We can't let this stand," she stated on American Family Radio today. "The Air Force did this ... when Mikey Weinstein, now the famous atheist, came after them. But there was a lot of pushback and so they reversed their decision.

"That's what we have to do this time," she continued. "We have to shout loudly on behalf of our service members and their families who would be staying in these facilities."

In 2012, the Air Force tried to remove Bibles from its lodgings but reversed itself after public outcry. AFA has urged its supporters to contact both Rear Admiral Robert Bianchi, asking him to reverse the decision; and Michael Bockelman, VP NEXCOM, who actually approved and signed the directive.

Both AFA and Fox News point out the directive came after an atheist group – Freedom From Religion Foundation – filed a formal complaint over the placement of Bibles in the rooms.

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  1. davnkatzComment by davnkatz
    August 12, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    OK, ph & email where we can lodge our complainta.

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    • lpoliverComment by lpoliver
      August 12, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

      You can sent them to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

      However, that is the source of this BS.

      Any bets that this would not happen to the Quran?

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  2. elderalComment by elderal
    August 12, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    Obama is a Muslim. Thus, it is no surprise that all references to the Christian faith is subject to censorship by his administration. This is just one part of a multi-prong attack on traditional American values.

    Instead, we are being told to accept every form of godlessness and moral depravity as “normal” without question or complaint. “Teenage sex is ok if they use a condom” “Abortion is a mother’s Right to choose.” “Homosexuality is perfectly normal.” “If you like your doctor and your insurance company, you can keep them.”

    Obama and company are removing the truth so that everyone will more easily believe the big lies.

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    • sotheseedsofliberty2Comment by sotheseedsofliberty2
      August 13, 2014 @ 11:57 am

      …” an (atheist group )– Freedom From Religion Foundation – filed a formal complaint over the placement of Bibles in the rooms.”

      What is the “atheist group so afraid of, that they must see to it that all Christian Bibles be removed from public view is it that they feel frightened that their atheist beliefs can’t stand up to the challenge of the Bible and the Christian religion. If the Atheists believe that their ideology is so superior to the Christian Ideology you’d think that the Atheists would welcome the challenge to demonstrate their Ideologies superiority.these atheists though prefer to hide behind the constitution as interpreted by the Supreme court to silence the Christian’s freedom of expression of their religious beliefs taught in the Bible. Competition in the market place is thought to be good, where the best products wins the most consumers but the Atheists obviously don’t believe in competition. Apparently Atheists believe they alone should be able to display their ideology in public, that the government should assist them in enforcing the atheist’s ideology upon the public.Atheists, like the communists, like to use such words as Freedom, liberty,individual choice, that reflect America’s love of these noble ideas. The Atheists,true motivations to take away all these attributes of freedom that Americans now enjoy, Atheists would extinguish america’s freedoms , slowly, little by little America will then, in the end,be ruled by a dictator style government

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  3. usar4meComment by usar4me
    August 12, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    It has truly begun… the communist are here and the Christian is being denied access to public discourse. Soon and sooner than we think all religious activity in the Military will be curtailed to a generic and bland form of transcendental meditation… silent services and prayer.

    The name of Jesus is already restricted in common prayer by the services… public displays of Christian worship are restricted and unit participation in prayer discouraged.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      August 12, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

      Soon and sooner than you think, pastors and other Christian leaders will start being “arrested” for the “crime” of talking about Christianity. At the very LEAST, the IRS is already poised to “spy” on churches and punish them with loss of tax-exempt status if they stray from the “approved party line” in their sermons.

      And you can bet if they get away with THAT ONE, they will push for more and more “sanctions” against the “evil infidels”.

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  4. freebirdComment by freebird
    August 12, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    First, I don’t think having donated Bibles in hotel rooms is going to constitute government endorsing any particular religion. I also think if there were donated copies of the Torah and the Koran in hotel rooms there would be a stir in the masses.

    Under current interpretation of the First Amendment, this action is right in line, whether or not we like it.

    The policy, the current view nor the actions of the atheist community will not change until those with a narrower view of the limitations imposed by the 1st A. come up with an acceptable alternative approach and sell it to enough members of Congress to pass a law; then get ready to defeat a SC decision. Because, like ISIS, the atheist activists will not stop until you step on them.

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    • EduardoComment by Eduardo
      August 12, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

      Freebird: If these libtards decided to leave the Koran and a prayer rug in a hotel room, I would pee in the rug and do #2 in that piece of garbage writing.

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    • doszapComment by doszap
      August 12, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

      Under current interpretation of the First Amendment, this action is right in line, whether or not we like it.

      HOW do you figure that?.

      The FIRST AMENDMENT is about FREE SPEECH.
      As far as Religion goes, the FEDERAL GOV’T MAY “NOT” mandate ANY one religion over the American people.
      (they DID not place them there, and are NOT mandating their USE ONLY).

      If the Muslims wanted to buy and donate these,place them in rooms, more power to them, and same with any other cult,or religion.
      Bottom line is the majority in this nation,still considers it by a fair majority to be a Christian nation.

      But leaving these on bases would be fine, as long as others are allowed if they so want to.
      Until THEY are NOT allowed to by reason if NO INCLUSION of others,this is perfectly legal.

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    • airforcemomComment by airforcemom
      August 12, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

      We keep allowing them to set the phrasing of our discussion. The Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. Where does this language get so far abused? This does not say that the Christian religions are to be eradicated from American life.

      If any other religion wanted to place copies of their materials in every hotel in the country, that would be up to the hotel management to allow it or not, it should not be a legislative matter.

      This action is NOT in line with the First Amendment. It VIOLATES the spirit of the First Amendment. The Gideons have the right to spread their word by making the Bible available to the traveling public. If you check into a room and don’t want to read the Bible, you can just leave it in the drawer. You are not forced to read it. It does not infringe on your ideals nor does it force its ideology on you. However, if it is removed, it takes away a source of comfort from someone who may need it.

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    • gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
      August 12, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

      Not so fast, free.

      Article the third… 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.

      To me, this action is an absolute violation – “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

      The Government can not start nor stop the FREE exercise of ones religious beliefs.

      If we need more examples of Breaches of the Constitution, we go right down the line – 1, 2, 3, 4,…

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      August 12, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

      It took the military a 100 years to realize the error of it’s ways. I guess “current” is more intelligent than 100 years.
      Isn’t diversity wonderful.

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    • freebirdComment by freebird
      August 13, 2014 @ 7:50 am

      First, we are not a Christian Nation; we are a nation of mostly Christians. Big difference and the Founders knew the difference. Unlike Iran we have no state religion and the Constitution attempted to ensure that by including those limits and rights in the First Amendment.
      Faced with the limits in the 1st A, the government decided that allowing any and all religions to be represented would be a God awful mess. They elected to eliminate any real or perceived favoritism by not allowing government or any appendage of government to have anything to do with any religion. It was the easier and less messy way of dealing with it.
      In private you may worship or not, as you please, provided it doesn’t interfere with the rights and safety of others or the overriding laws of the country. Laws many not infringe on the rights of religious people to practice their beliefs unless there is an overriding public interest. Thus we have the Hobby Lobby decision, etc.
      The military is part of government, an since you have PC cowards, and atheist activists running loose, this is where you wind up. Unless religious people rise up and demand that his bullying and mindless fear stop, it will continue.
      I’m not suggesting the current view of the 1st A is correct. It is an overreach to accommodate the fears of the minor religions and the hate of the atheists Today we’ve allowed the freedom from religion crowd to frame the discussion vs. the freedom of religion crowd.

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    • gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
      August 13, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

      FIRST, free, we are a Christian Nation – founded on Judeo-Christian Principles.
      Brush up on the Federalist Papers.
      Your Liberal interpretations are skewed.

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    • justme33Comment by justme33
      August 13, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

      Freebird…We ARE a Christian nation. Try doing some research on our Founding Fathers and all of their writings. And the GIDEONS placed the Bibles in the motel rooms, not the government.

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  5. hardheadedComment by hardheaded
    August 12, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    OK, atheist groups. How is it if the Book is in a drawer and you have free will to look in the drawer and see it, who is making or forcing you to read it? Nobody is making you read it, but you seem to be forcing us not to be able to if we wanted to. Is this not our free will being taken from us, and your beliefs being forced upon us. a freedom of choice.read it or not is up to a individual is it not?.

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  6. silverchexComment by silverchex
    August 12, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

    The nation that was built on Christian values is slowly losing its Christianity. When will the madness stop?

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    • capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
      August 12, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

      when we the people decide to do it.

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    • theophilousComment by theophilous
      August 12, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

      When Christ returns to rule. Until then the Atheist will continue to grow in power. But in the end they will end up in the lake of fire.

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    • justme33Comment by justme33
      August 13, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

      It WON’T if we continue to stand by and do nothing.

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  7. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    August 12, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    Gee, I bet if ISIS showed up with a box of Korans, they would be IMMEDIATELY placed in those hotel rooms, because, you know, that wouldn’t offend ANYBODY, would it? Well, except maybe a bunch of CHRISTIANS, but who CARES about them, anyhow? CERTAINLY not our President, who declared early-on that “we are no longer a Christian nation” and presides over a govt. that has ramped up its persecution and targeting of Christians for this kind of ‘special attention’ to ALARMING proportions.

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  8. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    August 12, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    General Douglas MacArthur

    Brigadier General John H. Church

    Major General William F. Dean

    General Oliver P. Smith

    Lt. General Walton Walker

    Lt. General Mark Clark

    General James Van Fleet

    And the Admirals —–

    Robert B. Carney

    Lynde D. McCormick

    Donald B. Duncan

    Felix B. Stump

    Jerauld Wright

    It was war time – I never remember ANY of these fine people running from a conflict. The men serving under them had great respect for the leadership. Likewise the leaders respected the soldiers.
    The cause was defense of America, singularly focused on the job at hand, and not distracted with PC, touchy-feeley or misused adjectives.

    A pocket Bible (OD in color)and rifle was ISSUED, and gladly embraced by every GI, . I myself had comfort with the ‘little green’ book in my fatigues.

    America may be a melting pot, but I am not sure God will approve of what we have melted into.

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  9. spidaComment by spida
    August 12, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

    No one makes anyone read these Bibles. Yet atheists – who by definition do not believe in God and so must if they are intellectually honest, assume that the Bible is essentially an irrelevant text that literally refers to “Nothing,” and so can not possibly do any harm – still get to bar others from access to the Bible. Where is there ANY logic (or moral or legal standing) in that deliberate interference with Christian values?

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    • patriot159Comment by patriot159
      August 13, 2014 @ 7:29 am

      To echo your thought: If the anti-Christs do not believe the bible is true and is the word of God, then logically it is nothing more than a fiction novel. Why would they be so upset with a work of fiction left in a hotel room? I continue to be amused with all their efforts to prevent others in believing in something they don’t believe in. We Christians know the answer though….
      Eph. 6:12:
      For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world–the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare.
      Darkness hates the Light and the battle will only intensify as the end of days draws near.

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  10. EduardoComment by Eduardo
    August 12, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    What these people that want to prohibit Christians from exercising their 1st Amendment rights do not understand, that what the 1st Amendment provides cuts both ways. By prohibiting Christians from exercising their rights under the 1st Amendment, they are violating the 1st Amendment by forcing Christians not to exercise those rights. It clearly states that we have the right to freely exercise our religious liberty. If these rights are taken away, then the government is forcing believers not no freely exercise those freedoms. What we need to do is to vote this November for conservative candidates that will do the will of the people, not sell this country to the highest bidder.

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    • jnikComment by jnik
      August 13, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

      Why does your right to exercise your right include stopping others from exercising theirs?

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    • justme33Comment by justme33
      August 13, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

      jnik…It DOESN’T.

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    • EduardoComment by Eduardo
      August 13, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

      I am a Christian, and I do not force my beliefs on anyone. I may try and tell a person about the Good News, but if they tell me they do not want to hear it, I just say “OK” and move on. I have many friends that do not believe that God exists, and they are still my friends. I respect their choice and at the same time, they respect my choice to worship. I also have Jewish friends, and Buddhists, and other religions.
      My analogy of free worship is that if a person wants to worship under a mango tree, and the others want to worship under a banana or an avocado tree, that is their prerogative and if they are happy doing it, who am I to tell them to go under the apple tree?

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  11. jsavardComment by jsavard
    August 12, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    Pretty soon we will be living on top of a mountain.

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  12. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    August 12, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    Unbelivable. When I joined the Navy GOD and Country were foremost from Day one in Boot Camp. GODless regime in Washington is behind all of this.

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    • freebirdComment by freebird
      August 13, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

      It is not just the regime (WH) that is allowing this. The Congress has the power to control this stuff, more so than the WH, and like the cowards they are, they ignore the issue like they ignore any other issue that might lose them a vote or a $1…

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  13. oldsargeComment by oldsarge
    August 12, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    At the rate this is going, I believe that military chaplains and the spiritual guidance and counseling of military personnel will soon become a thing of the past. It wouldn’t surprise me if the President orders the dismissal of all military chaplains (With the exception of those of the Islamic faith) from the service by the end of this term. There are 24 Senators who are Catholic. Fifteen are Democrat and nine are Republican. That is almost 25 per-cent of the Senate. There are 161 Representatives that are Catholic. That is 30.4 per-cent. Most of the others are also Christian by other denominations or Jewish. If all the Christian and Jewish politicians in Congress put aside the party affiliations and joined together, they could put a stop to this. Instead they have either jumped on the band wagon or are sitting back and doing nothing. I wonder if all our Christian and Jewish politicians are aware that they now belong to a group considered to be the Number One extremist threat to America, ahead of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, KKK, Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, Al-Quida, Hamas and others, Too bad we no longer have leaders in the Pentagon like Eisenhower, Bradley or Patton. WAKE UP AMERICA!

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    • papatriotComment by papatriot
      August 12, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

      Democrat “Catholics” like Pelosi, Biden, Casey, Durbin etc. Put party ahead of God and country and vote accordingly. By their vocal advocacy of abortion, they automatically excommunicate themselves from the Church. Socialism/Communism destroys faith and family and replace them with omnipotent Big Government. Christians are being suppressed here as much as in China and North Korea by tyrannical and unconstitutional laws, just not by guns(yet).

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  14. peletierComment by peletier
    August 12, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    Honestly folks… it has become tiresome and worthless!

    How long is the Conservative, Independent and True American News Media are going to stop Bombarding the American Public, with all the nonsense, and cesspool politics of Barack Obama’s Regime, while doing NOTHING to end this ongoing nightmare!

    It is well known that, once you find CANCER in a healthy body, you just don’t keep talking about it but, instead, you attack the CANCER till you kill ALL the cells…

    What are we doing in America, about our CANCER? Just, bla, bla, bla, plus more senseless reporting, 24/7… Is that how is America going to get rid off Obama’s insane policies?

    …the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Really???

    MAY GOD KEEP OUR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES OUR OF HARM’S WAY, THE SECOND TIME AROUND, IN THE MIDDLE EAST!

    Semper Fidelis

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  15. commonsensegrandmaComment by commonsensegrandma
    August 12, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    Some “Catholica” in Congress (Pelosi, for example) do not support their faith. They vote against it at every turn. We cannot rely on them to do our job. Vote out the turncoats in 2014. Don’t buy the GOP establishment BS that we need moderates to win. When moderates run, the Dems win. As for the USN, service to God and Country has always been what our servicemen and women fought for. Now you are letting a group of extremists ruin our military. If you are an Atheist (a form of religion as far as I’m concerned), then you don’t believe in God. So that book in the nightstand should mean nothing to you. You don’t have to read it, ignore it. It doesn’t affect you by being there. Think of the books like any other amenity in the room. Just because the “hospitality bar” is in your room doesn’t mean you have to partake of everything in it.

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  16. stealthfightrComment by stealthfightr
    August 12, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    This is as prophesied in Scripture!

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  17. jgeorgiadisComment by jgeorgiadis
    August 12, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

    My Father fought in WWII, and my Husband in Viet Nam. I am sure both of them were glad they had a God who loved, and protected them. I have heard it said, “there are no atheist in a foxhole,” I don’t know, because I have never been in one. If I were, I would hope we were having group prayer, and the guy that didn’t pray would get shot. I believe like some of the others, the Bible is in a drawer, in a room, if you are offended by it, don’t open the drawer! The US Navy, seems to forget, their facilities are paid for by the people, that is us. Please send us a link, or an address, where we can send e-mail, or where, and to whom the phone calls, should be made. I am so tired of fighting a few atheist, for our religious freedoms, if they do not believe in God, what the hell are they so afraid of?

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  18. speedy7201Comment by speedy7201
    August 12, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

    Wow, wait. I’m glad that our Christian President is watching this and going to STOP this from happening. Oh, wait, hmmmm. Nothing from our President today, yesterday or ANY other time in the last 5 1/2 years about christian persecution in america. Hmmm. However, ALL of the idiots still defend him on being a christian. What IDIOTS. Most of us have known for at least 5 years that he is NOT a CHRSTIAN. Any Idiot should have known.
    It is ONLY b/c Of BHO that the persecution of christanity is happenming today. ALL it would take, it for him to SAY NO MORE, and it would end in EVERY country. Wait, I take that back, thats ALKL it would have takenm ANY other president, but never this one. Not b/c he isnt a christian but b/c he’s a wussie.
    To ALL Christians, Folks, you;re going to have to decide REAL soon whther YOU ARE going to fight, or die and I honestly DO NOT bel;ieve God would want you to give up believing in him that easily. Forgivness Yes. However?

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  19. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    August 13, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    My family recently stayed at a major chain hotel managed/run by an East Indian gentleman. One of my kids came up to me with a book in their hands asking what it was. Since they were used to seeing Bibles in the drawers I almost answered without looking. However, I glanced over and saw it was a copy of the Bhagavad Gita.

    Did I slap it out of my Christian child’s hand fearful that the book might somehow corrupt or taint them? Did I run screaming from the room? Did I call the hotel chain national management to demand my money back or lodge a complaint? NO, NO, NO!

    I quietly explained to my children that different people practice different faiths/religions and use different texts. The nice man who runs this hotel follows a faith different than Christianity. He has chosen to put these texts in the rooms and we have the choice to read them or not. The kids later noticed a little Bhudda statue in the lobby also and I explained a little more about another persons’ beliefs. End of story…my kids have kept their respect for others of different faiths, they learned a little, and their own faith is strong as ever.

    Too bad the atheists don’t realize that a book in and of itself can’t hurt you or make you believe something you don’t want to believe.

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    • jnikComment by jnik
      August 13, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

      I just gave you 5 stars because you, of all the self – described “Christians” on this board, you displayed the virtues of tolerance and respect for others points of view that is so lacking here, especially from jgeorgladis, above, who expressed a desire to shoot non – Christians. In fact, the behavior you said you didn’t exhibit in the hotel run by a Buddhist was what I believe the other Christians here would have done. I’m an Atheist, BTW, and I like to think I would have done what you did; explain to your kids that other people have different beliefs, and that everyone should be treated with respect. Not just the ones you agree with.

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  20. gnafuComment by gnafu
    August 13, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

    One of the first lies out of Obama’s toothy, smiling mouth was the U.S. was not a Christian Nation! Remember? Why did he believe this? Apparently he did not come in contact with the millions who do use their Bibles and those who wish no harm to anyone. This outrageous act of removing Bibles from any Military facility is proof that we have heathens among us and will stop at nothing to promote their self-appointed importance and ignorance. Here in America, In God We Do Trust!

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  21. usar4meComment by usar4me
    August 13, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

    These are PRIVATELY OWNED contracted guest and temporary housing facilities… The Navy should not have the power to tell these private contractors, what they can offer in ways of optional FREE amenities. They need to remove any cable or other electronic services that have religious links; if they are removing the Bible because it is offensive… religious programing on cable should also be offensive. We all need to demand that they do that immediately. See how that flies up their mast.

    This is an outrage…

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  22. robzoom1967Comment by robzoom1967
    August 21, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    I was an active member of the US Navy in the late 1960’s and believe me, this action is not something the Navy I joined would ever do. This is the result of our current administration’s political agenda. Our fearless leader at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the most anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-military, anti-Constitution, and racist individual we have ever had in any level of political office, and yet the liberal friends and neighbors I know still carry around the Obama bible and thump on it at every opportunity. They still think he is doing the right thing. God help us!

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