The Air Force has caved in to an atheist group by dropping a policy that ensures there are Bibles in lodgings on Air Force bases.
Responding to pressure from a group calling itself the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF), the Air Force has dropped a policy that directs housekeepers at lodging on Air Force bases to make certain there are Bibles in the rooms they make up for guests. While the atheist group had wanted the Air Force to ban the Bibles, placed there for free by the Gideons, from the room altogether, after deliberation the Air Force Services Agency decided instead to simply remove the question, “Is a Bible provided?” from the lodging check list housekeepers go through in making up the rooms.
According to the Air Force Times, Air Force spokesman Mike Dickerson “said after a legal review, the Air Force Services Agency determined that there was no legal reason to have the question on the lodging checklist. The checklist is used to ensure that lodging standards at all Air Force Inns are being met and maintained. The question will be removed when the checklist is updated in September.”
Dickerson said, however, that the Air Force was not prepared to sanitize Scripture from rooms entirely, as the atheist group had desired. “The Air Force has not directed the removal of Bibles from Air Force Inns lodging rooms at this time,” Dickerson said. “We continue to review the situation and weigh our multiple First Amendment responsibilities and obligations.”
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