There’s a war on Christianity
We’re martyrs for a cause!
The seculars are making sure
We’re following the laws!
That’s simply unacceptable,
And so we scream and fuss—
The laws are for the baddies,
So they don’t apply to us!
But Christians in this country
Are oppressed at every turn!
From a lack of state religion,
To the science that we learn!
To the bibles in hotel rooms
So that heathens might be saved—
Watch the power of the atheists…
Wait, what? The Navy caved?
Well, that didn’t last long. The Stars And Stripes reports that bibles are going back into hotel room drawers:
Gideons bibles are going back into Navy lodges.
The Navy on Thursday ordered the bibles returned to rooms and said it is reviewing a decision by the Navy Exchange to remove them from its worldwide network of military hotels.
Atheists had cheered a victory after a complaint prompted the exchange to begin moving the bibles to its lost-and-found bins this summer, but the Navy said the decision was made without consulting senior leadership.
“That decision and our religious accommodation policies with regard to the placement of religious materials are under review,” Navy spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes. “While that review is under way, religious materials removed from Navy Lodge rooms will be returned.”
My favorite bit, though, is the ending quote:
“It’s tiresome to see senior military leaders needlessly cave in to activist groups offended by anything Christian,” Ron Crews, a retired colonel and chaplain who is the executive director of the group, said in a released statement.
I gotta say, I feel your pain–It is indeed tiiresome to see senior military leaders needlessly cave in to activist groups offended by anything non-Christian.
And really, honestly… I am biased, but I think I explain it just fine here. There is no version of the bible (let alone the Gideon one) that is the holy book of all Christians. Even something so iconic as the Ten Commandments varies by which bible you read (and I am not the only one to have been amused by recitations of The Lord’s Prayer where half of the crowd says “debts” and the other “trespasses”).
The presence of the Gideon bible shows favoritism for one subset of Christianity, at the expense of not only atheists, but all non-Christians, and a great many Christians as well. I thought the decision to pull the bibles was not just sound, but gobsmackingly obvious. I hope that the review agrees with me… but frankly, if the Navy brass saw it like I do, the Gideons would have been sent packing long ago. I am not placing any bets.