A sign that says “God bless the military” will remain at a Marine base in Oahu, Hawaii, even though the Military Religious Freedom Foundation wants it removed (video below).
“We will always support all service members’ rights to pursue and practice their own belief sets, whether religious or not,” Col. Sean C. Killeen, the commander of the base, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (behind pay wall) on Oct. 9, reports Religion News Service.
The sign, which was put up after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, reads: "God bless the military, their families and the civilians who work with them," notes the Associated Press.
Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, claims that the sign is a “brazen violation” of the U.S. Constitution, and “sends the clear message that your installation gives preference to those who hold religious beliefs over those who do not.”
Weinstein says the outdoor sign has to be removed, moved to a chapel on the base, or nine additional signs must be placed in the same area that proclaim other gods and secular beliefs.
Killeen told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser no one on the base has complained to him, but Weinstein claims that more than 70 people have complained to his organization, which may file a lawsuit.