Should the US military be handing out Bibles at recruitment centers?

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Writing for The Blaze, editor Billy Hallowell asked if Bibles have a place in the military.

I think the answer is yes and no, as I believe if a soldier wishes to bring a Bible with them to boot camp or when deployed that they of course have every right to do so.

However the military has no place in handing out Bibles to either new recruits of already enlisted men and women.

A letter that The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent to the U.S. General Services Administration and the National Guard, the group is demanding action against a recruitment center in Missouri that is displaying and giving away copies of The Gideon Bible.

The letter states:

“In July 2014, our client enlisted in the National Guard at the U.S. General Services Administration in St. Louis, Missouri.”

“During the swearing-in process, our client observed the government offering the aforementioned New Testament Bibles for free to military recruits.”

This is a clear violation of the first amendment as the military, a government entity is not to endorse any particular religion at all, so having the Bibles available is a clear violation of the separation of church and state.

The government has two weeks from the date the letter was sent, August 4 to act by removing the Bibles or face legal action.

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Dan Arel is the author of Parenting Without God, freelance journalist for AlterNet, Salon and The Huffington Post and public speaker. Follow him on Twitter: @danarel


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