>Pentagon Ends Use of Bible in Reports

>The Pentagon said Monday it no longer includes a Bible quote on the cover page of daily intelligence briefings it sends to the White House as was the practice during the last administration. I lament another step our country is taking away from recognizing the sovereignty upon which the culture and social structure of our way of life was founded.

According to the National Survey of Religious Identification (NSRI), 76.5% of the people in our country are Christians, which is up 5% over previous surveys between 1990 and 2000. Additionally, our country has more religious groups than any country on the face of the earth.

Yet, a small minority (Americans United for Separation of Church and State) will reference the constitution of the United States regarding separation of religion and government to say that the practice of including Bible quotes in reports sent to the White House (originally started during the Gulf War to honor the lives of soldier’s lost during the conflict) should be stopped. The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of the AAUSCS, went on record to say that U.S. soldiers “are not Christian crusaders, and they ought not be depicted as such,” and to do is is “tremendously damaging to America’s reputation in the world.”

Ironically, every country in the Middle East that is at odds with the United States considers any kind of conflict with our country to be a “holy war,” and will publically and passionately proclaim such on the world stage at every opportunity. Yet, we will take another step away from the very Christianity by which we still (by majority) identify ourselves.

Imagine, a Reverend, who believes that recognizing our Christianity is “tremendously damaging.” In the dictionary, the word “reverend” is used as a title and form of address for certain clerics in many Christian churches. Somehow, the definition doesn’t seem to fit in this case.

In my view, this issue has nothing to do with separation of church and state and everything to do with where we stand as a country. As the song says, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll stand for anything.” I’ll stand for my Christianity every time!

Until the next post,

God Bless and Safe Journeys!


Published by The Leadership Consortium

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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