Navy Says it Will Rescind Bible Ban at Walter Reed Hospital
After Friday's bombshell, Walter Reed Military Medical Center was inundated with calls about the hospital's Bible ban. In case you missed it, FRC broke the news that the Navy had issued new guidelines for the friends and family of wounded soldiers. In a stunning attack on faith, Walter Reed specifically outlawed "religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts" from being "used or given away" during patient visits.
As soon as the memo was in FRC's hands, we brought it to the Hill's attention. After working with concerned leaders like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and talking with staff at Walter Reed, we were assured that the Navy was rescinding the policy. Todd Starnes at Fox News also contacted hospital officials and was told by a public affairs officer that the Bible ban was "in no way meant to prohibit family members from providing religious items to their loved ones at all." If that's the case, Starnes pressed, then why bother rescinding the policy? "We don't want there to be any misinterpretation of what we're trying to say," Sandy Dean said.
As of this afternoon, there is no written proof that the policy change has taken place. All we have are the verbal assurances from Walter Reed that the problem is being corrected. Until then, leaders continue to shake their heads at open hostility toward faith in Obama's military.
While we appreciate that the Navy is trying to right this wrong, it speaks to the effectiveness of the President's three-year war on Christianity. Apparently, this administration will do whatever it takes to wipe faith off the military's map. With your help, they won't succeed any time soon. Log on to frc.org and speak out against the Walter Reed Bible ban. Click here to add your name to our petition.