Marines asked to remove a sign that reads: “God bless the military, their families and the civilians who work with them.”
The military has decided that they don’t have to give in to every activist whim that comes along. In Oahu, Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay Marine Base Commander Col. Sean C. Killeen issued his ruling regarding a request from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to remove a sign that reads: “God bless the military, their families and the civilians who work with them.”
Militarytimes.com reports that the New Mexico based group claims this sign is an infraction on the rights of other military personnel who do not believe in God. The group suggested that the sign should only be allowed if others are placed near it–signs that read: “Goddess Bless” and “There is no god to bless … We have each other.”
Commander Killeen claims that no military personnel have complained about the sign, and that it has been a source of comfort to many since it was erected after the 9/11 bombings in 2001. While the Military Religious Freedom Foundation claims that it represents 72 marines on the base, no member of the armed services have waged a formal complaint.
For now, Marines in Oahu will continue to experience the comfort that only these words of blessing will bring. Meanwhile, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Mickey Weinsten, says that they are considering a lawsuit.