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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