"Fox & Friends" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggested today that Bibles should be placed in schools and U.S. Navy guest lodges because Christians are being persecuted worldwide.
“There’s a war on religion going on, you know it," said Hasselbeck, noted RawStory.com (video below).
"And right now Bibles are booted from Navy base guest rooms, and an atheist group is telling a Georgia high school football team to punt the prayers,” Hasselbeck added.
Hasselbeck was referring to a recent decision by the U.S. Navy Exchange Service Command to remove Bibles from the Navy's 3,000 guest lodges, reported ReligionNews.com. However, guests can bring their own Bibles or other religious materials.
In Georgia, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center claimed that football coaches at Chestatee High School “regularly led or participated in prayer with students.” The coaches also allegedly wrote Bible verses on official team documents, according to the Gainesville Times.
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This morning, Fox News co-host Eric Bolling was baffled why the U.S. Navy couldn't promote the Bible in its guest lodges, which are property of the U.S. government.
“I don’t know how having a Bible in a hotel room in a drawer is forced on anyone,” Fox News co-host Eric Bolling stated. “You don’t want to read it, leave it in the drawer. How is that implicating the Navy in any way, shape or form?”
Of course, non-government, commercial hotel chains can place Bibles in rooms with no legal objections.
“You would think that a federally run organization would be able to make their own decisions,” added co-host Brian Kilmeade. “But it's atheist organizations that are pushing back on that.”
Later in the program, Hasselbeck linked the two Bible instances to the global persecution of Christians.
“You know, in light of what’s going on in the world and the persecution of Christians right now, how close do we want to get to eliminating religious freedom in the globe?” asked Hasselbeck. “Particularly here.”
None of the Fox News hosts seemed to realize that the government-sponsored religion notion that they advocate is currently being practiced in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries that persecute Christians and others of non-Islamic faiths.