It's an outrage.
It's utter outrage heaped on top of utter outrage.
While you've been trying to live your life in freedom -- the freedom that is your birthright - the Obama Adminiistration took a big step directly in the opposite direction by banning all references to Christianity -- and even the Bible -- from a military hospital.
Fortunately, the policy elicited a strong reaction, and the lost and cowardly Obama Administration is apparently now slinking away to try again another day..
The U.S. military under the command of Barack Hussein Obama ran completely off the rails recently when the commander of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center issued a memorandum on September 14 with 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.
This week, a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor and called on President Obama to publicly renounce the military policy.
"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,” said Rep. Steve King (R-IA). “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.”
“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,”
The next day, a spokesperson for the medical center said that the policy will be "rewritten" and its intent will be made “crystal clear.”
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.
What sort of nitwits in Obama's administration think it is a good idea to prevent visitors from offering religious comfort to soldiers who are seriously injured?
For a man who claims to be a Christian, Obama has a very odd way of showing it.