The US ARMY responded to a sign outside an Army recruiting center that read “On a mission for both God and country.” Their response was to order the sign taken down.
Read the below article and ask yourself, what part of our Constituion's guarantee of "FREEDOM OF RELIGION" did they not comprehend?
Part of the Army's "higher ups" rationale was that the sign violated the "separation of church and state". First and foremost, "separation of church and state" is NOT mentioned, much less guaranteed, in or by our Constitution. Second, the concept of "separation of church and state" meant to imply that religion, any religion, should not be at the center of government. By my reasoning the use of the term, "God", in no way, identifies any religion.
As an agnostic with no theistic or atheistic "ax to grind" here, in my not-so-humble opinion people who believe that any mention of God violates our Constitution should be removed from the gene pool. Specifically, the word "God" without any further definition only means a belief in a power greater than ourselves.
The only issue I have with the sign is that the word "country" should have been capitalized.
This vile form of political correctness needs to be eradicated.
by Billy Hallowell, Jan. 19, 2015
A spokesperson for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command told the Army Times that the text — which created concerns over the separation of church and state — was placed on the signboard by local personnel and that headquarters would have never permitted it.
“Had the process been followed, the copy shown would not have been approved,” spokesman Brian Lepley told the outlet, adding that the military is looking into who authorized the controversial text.
Post by Mikey Weinstein, MRFF. The removal of the signboard came on Friday just hours after it was brought to the attention of a commanding officer, though it had reportedly been on display since at least October and had sparked a plethora of negative responses, Fox News reported.
Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group devoted to the separation of church and state, penned a blog post on the Daily Kos last Thursday — just one day before the signboard’s removal — decrying it as a “stunning, unconstitutional disgrace.”
“That outrageously ghastly graphic encapsulates precisely that which we’ve been ceaselessly calling the attention of the American people to for all this time,” Weinstein wrote. “The poster astoundingly displays the shoulder tabs of the U.S. Special Forces (i.e. Green Berets), Rangers and Airborne troopers accompanied by the seethingly sectarian slogan ‘ON A MISSION FOR BOTH GOD AND COUNTRY.’”
The attention from opponents mixed with an inquiry from the Army Times about the sign’s presence led to its removal the day after the blog post was published — a development that Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation welcomed.
“Whoever, in any way, shape or form, allowed that poster to be designed, prepared and displayed, those individuals should be aggressively investigated and very visibly punished,” Weinstein told the Army Times following the removal.