Marine Commander Claims ‘God Bless The Military’ Sign Is Secular

Marine Commander Claims ‘God Bless The Military’ Sign Is Secular October 13, 2015

Another liar for Jesus: A Marine Corps Base Commander in Hawaii is refusing to remove a controversial and unconstitutional sign declaring “God Bless The Military,” by making the ludicrous claim that the sign is secular.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) complained late last month that the sign at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, was inappropriate and should be moved to the base chapel, but a commander has declined that request.

The foundation wrote in a Sept. 24 letter to the base that the sign violates the Establishment Clause in the Constitution by promoting one religion over another.

However, Marine Corps Base Hawaii Commander Col. Sean C. Killeen is refusing to take down the controversial and unconstitutional sign, claiming that the sign serves as a “secular symbol.” The sign reads:

God bless the military, their families and the civilians who work with them

The sign was erected after Sept. 11, 2001, and Killeen says it stands as “a secular sign of support without inhibiting other religions.”

MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein says his group represents 72 Marines on the base who object to the sign. Killeen said no service members have complained about the sign, but Weinstein argues that’s because they fear retribution.

Weinstein, in a statement issued earlier this week, is asking that if the base refuses to remove the sign, or at least move it to a more appropriate location like the chapel grounds on base, then other religious messages must be given equal time, including sign representing the Church of Satan and the Jedi Church.

If all else fails, Weinstein is also considering a lawsuit.

Bottom line: Killeen is being dishonest when he claims the sign is secular. By insisting on promoting his religious beliefs on a U.S. Military base, Killeen is disrespecting the U.S. Constitution he has sworn to uphold and protect, and the uniform he wears.

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