August 18, 2016
By Lorra B.
Once again the Armed Forces find themselves in the news over Christian preferences when Air Force Major Steve Lewis left an open and highlighted bible on his desk.
The bible “is very obviously a statement of Christian preference, Christian primacy,” MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein stated. “Had that been the Book of Satan or the Koran there would be blood in the freaking streets.”
Col. Damon Feltman, the commander of the 310th Space Wing, said, “He has removed the Bible voluntarily because he didn’t want this to cause attention or disruption to his unit. I’ve performed a walk-through of the office and everything seemed to be in compliance with Air Force regulation.”
So, it’s not having a bible on the premises that is a problem, it is what you do with it.
Col. Feltman said, “As long as he’s not doing something excessive, the existence of a Bible or the Koran or the Torah or some other religious article is not prohibited, It’s what you do with it when you have it.”
Weinstein described the incident as a “repulsive violation of USAF regulations” as well as the U.S. Constitution. Considering Weinstein gets paid trying to obliterate Christianity from the Armed Forces perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.
This is the email from an individual who is around Lewis regularly:
“It certainly gives the appearance of favoritism toward one religion,” says a Peterson military member who insisted on anonymity for fear of retribution. “I’m a Christian myself, and it’s concerning. I don’t think people should be promoted or given opportunities based on whatever [religion] they are. It should be about your performance.”
Weinstein certainly agreed and wrote a letter to AFB Col. Feltman:
The egregious Constitutional and DoD regulatory violations of such a brazen display of sectarian Christian triumphalism and exceptionalism have been noted by many USAF members through the years but they have not sought to officially seek redress and remediation from this outrageous display of callous and bold Christian primacy from their respective USAF chains of command due to all-too-credible fears of reprisal and retribution from same.
It is fine, of course, if he wishes to keep his Christian bible, replete with yellow-highlighted verses, in a desk or office drawer or even in a handy, nearby office bookcase but NOT open, yellow-highlighted and at the very epicenter of his USAF work desk for all of his helpless subordinates and many others to view continuously on a daily basis.
Another Airman snapped photos of the open, highlighted bible to turn over as evidence. Yet another whined that the bible is a “blatant case of Christian defiance and Christian discrimination.” This airman wasn’t only offended the open bible but he was “outrageously offended,” according to Fox New.
According to Air Force Instruction:
Every Airman also has the right to individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs, to include conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs, unless those expressions would have an adverse impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, good order, discipline, health and safety, or mission accomplishment.
Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for their own free exercise of religion, including individual expressions of religious beliefs, and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. They must ensure their words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief, or absence of belief.
“Major Lewis has created an around-the-clock Christian Bible Shrine on his official USAF workstation desk that has been in prominent static display for years,” Weinstein said.
Really? A Bible Shrine? The picture clearly shows a bible and nothing else.
Why is the bible such a threat to non-Christians? Is a bible that gives comfort to a large percentage of our Armed Forces so hazardous that soldiers need to be punished with reprimands or even court’s marshaled?
Perhaps when a non-Christian soldier implodes or starts speaking in tongues there would be reason for alarm. Until then, I say let the soldiers have their comfort in their God.
“Perhaps the Air Force should offer complimentary counseling for those personnel suffering from PTBS (Post Traumatic Bible Syndrome)?”
By Lorra B.