Saturday, December 3, 2011

Religious Freedoms - #3464 - U.S. Military to Rescind Policy Banning Bibles at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - Fox News (2) Video of Rep. Steve King Speaking on House Floor Regarding this Policy on Banning Bibles

AW: In all my postings, all 3,464 of them, this article infuriated me the most. Of all the attacks on Christianity by the Obama Administration, this one, to me, is the worst, please read. Thank you Rep. King for your remarks on the House of Representatives Floor. Although this order has been rescinded, all of us should call our representatives and voice our opinion of how this policy was allowed to be issued on September 14, 2011, in the first place.  Note: This policy was only rescinded after Rep. King spoke on the House Floor.   Please read entire article.   House of Representatives contact information.......    U.S. Senate contact information.........

U.S. Military to Rescind Policy Banning Bibles at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - Fox News - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones. The decision to rescind the ban on Bibles came exactly one day after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor and called on President Obama to publicly renounce the military policy.The President of the United States should address this and should excoriate the people who brought about this policy and the individual who brought it about should be dismissed from the United States Military,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Fox News & Commentary. King spoke from the House floor Thursday blasting a policy memorandum from the commander of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center written by Chief of Staff C.W. Callahan. The September 14th memo covers guidelines for “wounded, ill, and injured partners in care.”  “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit,” the policy states.  “That means you can’t bring in a Bible and read from it when you visit your son or your daughter, perhaps – or your wife or husband,” King said. “It means a priest that might be coming in to visit someone on their death bed couldn’t bring in the Eucharist, couldn’t offer Last Rites. This is the most outrageous affront.”  A spokesperson for the medical center told Fox News late Friday that the policy will be rewritten and its intent will be made “crystal clear.”  “The instructions about the Bibles and reading material have been rescinded,” said Sandy Dean, a public affairs officer for Walter Reed. “It will be written to articulate our initial intention which was to respect religious and cultural practices of our patients.” Dean said the instruction was “in no way meant to prohibit family members from providing religious items to their loved ones at all. If that’s the case, why is the policy being rescinded?  Read more.........

King spoke about a new rule that bans wounded soldiers from receiving religious materials at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Washington D.C.- Congressman King (R-IA) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives last night to shed light on a flawed visitor policy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. A recent memo from the Commander of Walter Reed, Rear Admiral Alton Stocks, indicates that the use and distribution of religious materials, such as Bibles, during visits to wounded soldiers is now prohibited. The first part of this video is regarding a memo authorizing same sex marriages to be performed on military bases, in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act.  Rep. King remarks about the policy of banning Bibles at the hospital begins at approximately 4:34 on the video.

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