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Pentagon Stops Bible Quotes On Presidential Briefings

The Pentagon will no longer include quotes from the Bible on the cover page of intelligence briefings it sends to the White House, ending a Bush Administration practice.

Pentagon Spokesman Bryan Whitman said he doesn't know how long the quotes were used on the Worldwide Intelligence Update. It apparently started in 2003, when the reports mostly dealt with the war in Iraq.

According to the June issue of GQ, the quotes were meant to support then President Bush as soldiers' deaths were increasing daily. The man responsible for including them, Air Force Major General Glen Shaffer, retired in 2003, according to his biography.

The magazine, which obtained a copy of the documents, said one quote read:

...put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said U.S. soldiers "are not Christian crusaders, and they ought not be depicted as such."


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