Air Force veteran wants to force his rights by taking away from others?
What part of the Constitution keeps getting missed by those who want to force everyone else to comply with protecting their "free expression" of lack of faith?
Last I heard, Congress did not make a law establishing a religion.
Vietnam veterans however, did in fact establish the POW MIA table and the ceremony. They established honoring those who served, risked their lives and did not make it back home to enjoy the freedom they sacrifices their lives to provide to others.
Yes, the same folks who are so terrified they are not being represented for their non-beliefs, they want to make sure that no one else has the right to express their own beliefs...as protected by the whole part of this...
The Bill of Rights – Full Text
Amendment IThe Bill of Rights – Full Text Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The missing man table consists of the following elements:
- A small table set for one, symbolising the isolation of the absent service member. The table is usually set close to, or within sight of, the entrance to the dining room. For large events, the missing man table may be set for six places representing each of the five armed services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard), with the sixth symbolising the civilians who died during armed conflict. The table is round to represent the everlasting concern the survivors have for the missing.
- One or more head covers may be placed upon the table represent the armed service of the missing persons.
- A white tablecloth to symbolise the pure intentions of the service members who responded to the country's call to arms.
- A single rose in the vase symbolising the blood that service members have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of the United States of America. This rose also represents the family and friends who keep the faith while awaiting the return of the missing service members.
- The red ribbon represents a love of country that inspired the service members to serve the country.
- A slice of lemon on the bread plate that represents the bitter fate of the missing.
- Salt sprinkled on the bread plate that symbolises the tears shed by waiting families.
- An inverted glass to represent fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
- A Bible represents the spiritual strength and faith to sustain the lost. This may be omitted in official displays..
- A lit candle symbolises a light of hope that lives in hearts to illuminate the missing's way home.
- An empty chair to represent the absence of the missing and fallen
Manchester VA Medical Center, veterans battle over Bible display
New Hampshire Union Leader
By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
May 7, 2019
MANCHESTER -- A Bible once owned by a prisoner of war -- and on display at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center -- has launched a battle over religious freedom.
An Air Force veteran filed a lawsuit Tuesday looking to remove the Bible displayed on a POW/MIA table.
This Bible on the POW/MIA table at the Manchester VA Medical Center has sparked a controversy. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
“We would all be outraged if the MVAMC only provided care to Christians, or denied care to non-believers, or those who worship their God in other ways,” attorney Lawrence Vogelman wrote in the seven-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Concord.
“The placement of a Christian Bible on this sacred table is just as objectionable,” he said.
Curt Cashour, press secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, called the lawsuit “nothing more than an attempt to force VA into censoring a show of respect for America’s POW/MIA community.
“Make no mistake: VA will not be bullied on this issue,” he said in a statement.
Cashour also apologized to veterans for the VA temporarily removing the Bible a few months back.
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