Bibles Banned At Walter Reed – Why?

The Constitution Times

Hitler, Stalin, Mao...they would be so proud.
 “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government.  So let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become the legal version of the first.”
– attributed to Thomas Jefferson
 The idea that a Holy Bible would be banned anywhere in the United States of America, for any reason, is unfathomable. However, that is exactly what happened when the Navy said that Bibles could not be brought into the Walter Reed hospital.  Images of burning books, during the Nazi reign of terror, come to mind.  The problem is that this is America in 2011, not Germany in 1940.

According to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, it lifted the ban on Friday after Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) gave a speech on the House floor. The Navy is supposedly issuing new guidelines.
How did something like this happen?  Apparently, the Navy issued new guidelines for friends and family visiting the sick and wounded soldiers at Walter Reed.  Those new guidelines stated, “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.”  But, the unanswered question is why now the new guidelines, especially before Christmas?  We may never know the real answer, buried in governmental doublespeak and bureaucracy.
When the new religious restrictions were brought to the attention of Capital Hill by the Family Research Council, that prompted the angry speech by Rep. Steve King. King stated, “That means you can’t bring in a Bible and read from it when you visit your son or your daughter, perhaps – or your wife or husband.  It means a priest that might be coming in to visit someone on their deathbed couldn’t bring in the Eucharist, couldn’t offer Last Rites.  This is the most outrageous affront.”
According to a Walter Reed spokesperson, the intent was to respect religious and cultural practices of our patients and the instructions about the Bibles and reading material have been rescinded.  Sound like doublespeak?
If there is written proof that the policy has been rescinded, it has not yet surfaced. What has surfaced is a mindset that originated somewhere from that dark unidentified governmental policy producing place.  Some of Rep. Kings comments are in the video below:

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