“There are no atheists in foxholes” was a popular saying from another era. It comes to mind while viewing the absurdity of a few individuals and a misnamed “freedom foundation” demanding (and now suing) for the removal of an old Bible from a display at the Manchester Veterans Administration Medical Center.
The display is at a table honoring prisoners of war and service members missing in action. The Bible in question was once owned by a former prisoner of war. It reminds us of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain and his comrades finding a way to hold religious services while being held captive in North Vietnam.
But local Attorney Lawrence Vogelman says his clients find it objectionable to have a Bible on “this sacred table.”
That’s rich. They object to having a religious object on a “sacred” table. Don’t let them know that the words “under God” are uttered at the VA facility whenever veterans pledge allegiance to the flag.
Something calling itself the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is involved with this nonsense. Our military veterans have fought and died to protect our religious freedom, and that certainly includes the freedom not to practice any religion at all.
But inclusion of this particular Bible on a POW/MIA display does not assault anyone’s religious freedom. Those offended by it can choose to look the other way when passing it.
The VA, which initially removed the Bible but has since returned it to the table, should stick to that decision. It won’t run short of Bibles, many of which have been dropped off at the center by veterans upset with this episode.