I’m sure it will come as no surprise that Fox News and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website are both hopping mad at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for pressuring the Pentagon to pull the right to produce and sell Bibles carrying the official emblems of the four branches of the armed services. Beck’s site starts with a lie right in the headline:
ATHEIST GROUP DEMANDS REMOVAL OF SELECT MILITARY BIBLES & CALLS THEM A ‘THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY’
MRFF is not an atheist group (not that it should matter; even if it was, that would have no bearing on whether they’re right or wrong on any issue). Many of its board members and employees are religious; some are even ordained ministers. And the vast majority of soldiers it has represented are Christian. This is just dishonest spin; Beck’s people know that their followers despise atheists, so applying that label makes them automatically oppose anything the group says.
In addition to protesting the Bibles that have now been banned, the MRFF, seeing a ripe opportunity to further its anti-Bible activism, is now demanding that the remaining books be removed from base exchanges (stores). The atheists claim that the books, which have official branch insignias on them, pose a risk to U.S. national security.
And there’s the same lie, along with this new one that MRFF is “anti-Bible.” But the article they link to, from Todd Starnes at Fox News, makes clear that MRFF has no problem at all with selling Bibles at PXs and on military bases, as long as they don’t carry the official insignia of the armed forces:
Weinstein said his organization had absolutely no problem with regular Bibles being sold at base stores, but he said the military-themed Bibles were in violation of the law.
“The Bible by itself is fine to be sold,” Weinstein told Fox News Radio. But he said they also want the remaining stock removed from base stores.
“Replace those Bibles with those that don’t have the emblems,” he said.
And then there’s the usual hypocrisy from the wingnuts:
Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, told Fox News he was extremely disappointed in the decision to remove the military edition Bibles from exchange stores — and called the move “cowardly.”
“These Bibles cost the Department of Defense nothing, and their presence is legally legitimate,” Crews said. “Therefore, no reason exists for the DoD to retreat in the face of the small anti-religious group that demanded removal of the Bibles.”
Imagine for a moment that the Pentagon licensed a company to sell copies of the Quran with the official emblems of the service branches on them. MRFF would still be absolutely opposed to it, but these hypocrites would suddenly be up in arms about it.