The U.S. Army has removed a recruitment sign from an Arizona recruitment office because the phrase “God and country” was deemed offensive. According to Christian News Network, the sign had been posted since at least October but recently attracted complaints when a photo of the sign was posted online.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation became the most vocal opponent of the sign, which read in entirety, “On a mission for both God and country.”
Mikey Weinstein, a member of the group wrote an article published in The Daily Kos voicing his opposition.
Weinstein wrote, “Long story short, the poster at the Phoenix armed forces recruitment hub is an absolutely abominable slap in the face of everyone who’s ever taken the time to digest, understand, and swear the service members’ sacred oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution, let alone those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the values, rights, and protections contained therein.”
Weinstein also noted that he is on a personal “aggressive fight against fundamentalist Christian extremism.”
Army Recruiting Command spokesman Brian Lepley said that the local recruitment sign had been made without approval. The Army is now investigating who ordered the customized sign with an unapproved slogan.
Many are now concerned that a sign mentioned God was forced to be removed.
Writer Terresa Monroe-Hamilton said, “[Saying that] ‘On a mission for both God and Country,’ is unconstitutional is an outright lie. There is absolutely nothing unconstitutional about it.”
“The saying has been around forever, and during battle, the military has always turned to God for comfort and for guidance. Now, the American military leadership and Obama’s administration have turned from God in a stark manner and God is likely to do the same in return...May God have mercy on our country.”
Publication date: January 20, 2015