The beloved Holy Bible has been replaced with a generic “Book of Faith” at a Wyoming Air Force base, thanks to a few complainers.
The Holy Bible had been on display at a dining table called the “Missing Man Table,” which the National League of POW/MIA Families explained as a memorial recognizing soldiers absent from a dining hall because they are prisoners of war or missing in action.
“Every element serves a symbolic purpose, from the table’s round shape symbolizing ‘everlasting concern’ to a Bible representing ‘strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God,'” reports LifeSiteNews.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) claims that 31 active-duty airmen of varying faiths and denominations stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base contacted them in May to express opposition to the Bible at their dining hall’s Missing Man Table. The number of objectors rose to 36 a month later. After an investigation of the complaint, Col. Stacy Jo Huser announced that a generic “book of faith” will replace the Bible.
“Our chaplains are purchasing a generic ‘book of faith’ on Thursday and will let me know when that book is expected to arrive,” Huser told MRFF. “Until it arrives, I’ve asked them to rotate the book placed on the table (rotate it through various faiths). Yesterday they placed the Book of Mormon on the table.”
“Thank you again for taking care of our Airmen,” she continued. “One of my focus areas is increasing a sense of belonging for all our Airmen, a large part of that effort is ensuring that the religious and non-religious feel included and cared for.”
Speaking with conservative radio host Todd Starnes, Huser said this book will have “spiritual writings and prayers from the five DoD Chaplain-appointed faith groups and a sixth set of blank pages to represent those who find solace by other means.”
“So she’s going to include a bunch of blank pages for those who find solace in — nothing,” Starnes reacted.
Former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee told “Fox & Friends” the incident was embarrassing and called on President Trump to correct course.
“This is an issue I’d love to see the president interject himself into,” Huckabee said. “I’d love to see him say, as commander-in-chief of the military, ‘Put the Bible back on the table. Let’s not be stupid about this.'”
William Perry Pendley of the Washington Examiner said the move betrays F.E. Warren Air Force Base’s tradition.
“F.E. Warren has a storied legacy in the American West and has been the way station for generations of military leaders who served their country,” wrote Pendley. “Col. Stacy J. Huser, by removing the Bible and by mouthing the offended group’s politically correct, bumper sticker, psychobabble nonsense, brings dishonor on this country’s uniform, those who served on the base before her, and those venerated by the memorial.”