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Organization Demands Air Force Officer's Bible Be Removed From Display

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By    |   Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 03:50 PM

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has demanded that a Peterson Air Force Base officer's Bible be removed from display and the officer punished.

Former Air Force officer Mikey Weinstein, the foundation's president, made the comments in a letter to Col. David Feltman, commander of the 310th Space Wing, according to The Christian Examiner.

In the letter, Weinstein said that Maj. Steve Lewis had kept the Bible open with "yellow-highlighted verses" on his desk in public view for years. Weinstein said that implies an endorsement of Christianity.

The Bible was removed from the display, but the report said it wasn't clear if Maj. Davis removed it, or if it was removed. Feltman ordered an internal investigation, the report said.

Feltman told the Colorado Springs Independent that the key to keeping religious freedom in the military is a balance.

"The basic premise of the Air Force instruction, grounded in Department of Defense policy, grounded in law, is people have an inherent right to free exercise of religion within boundaries. At the same time, people have freedom to be left alone," Feltman said.

A military member at Peterson, who asked the Colorado paper for anonymity, said, "It certainly gives the appearance of favoritism toward one religion. I'm a Christian myself, and it's concerning."

Weinstein's letter asked Col. Feltman to take "immediate, official action to thoroughly investigate the grievances of Christian religious oppression."

In the letter, Weinstein said, to illustrate his point about display of religious items, that "limitless, overflowing blood in the streets" would occur if an officer were to display "at the very center of his official USAF desk," a Satanic Bible, the Quran, or an atheist text.

In response to that section of Weinstein's letter, Feltman told the Colorado Springs Independent, "If the person has a Koran display or book of Satan, they're free to have that on display and read it as long as they're not proselytizing, trying to entice someone to their particular viewpoint."

Weinstein, in the letter, called for the officer who displayed the Bible to be "swiftly, visibly, and aggressively punished."

The American Center for Law and Justice weighed in on the actions of Weinstein's Military Religious Freedom Alliance. In a statement on its website, the group said, "There has never been a more antagonistic and persistent adversary of religious freedom in the ranks of the United States Armed Forces."

The statement added, "The list of Weinstein's grievances and threatened legal actions are too numerous to list in their entirety."

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