In a speech at the American Legion National Convention this week, Pence once again spoke out in favor of jamming religion in where it doesn’t belong and took aim at a controversy involving a Bible that was being displayed in a VA hospital, spreading some misinformation in the process.
According to the Friendly Atheist, the Bible was on display at a VA hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire on what’s known as a “missing man table.” This is a display meant to honor those who didn’t make it to the hospital because they didn’t make it home. In other words, the display is meant to honor any and all soldiers who lost their lives or were captured in the service of their country, not any specific soldier of any specific faith.
That’s the problem with laying a big fat Bible on the table. Military hospitals are supposed to remain faith neutral. Incorporating a Christian symbol excludes those soldiers who practice other faiths or no faith at all.
After over a dozen veterans complained about the Bible’s presence in the POW/MIA display, the hospital agreed to remove it, however it was later returned to its original position despite the veterans complaints. The hospital is now being sued over it by a veteran who is himself a Christian.
Referencing the lawsuit to have the Bible removed from the display Pence, however, blamed the Obama administration saying:
“It’s really no surprise because under the last administration, VA hospitals were removing Bibles and even banning Christmas carols in an effort to be politically correct. But let me be clear: Under this administration VA hospitals will not be religion-free zones.”
He also added: “My message to the New Hampshire VA hospital is: ‘The Bible stays.'”
While a Republican’s favorite pastime, after rage-watching Fox News, is blaming all the world’s problems on Barack Obama, as Friendly Atheist points out, the policy of VAs being “religiously neutral” predates Obama.