Congressmen question Pentagon’s removal of military insignia on Bibles

Twenty-two members of Congress, including Mississippi Republican Alan Nunnelee, are asking Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta to clarify the Pentagon’s decision to revoke permission for a religious publishing house to use U.S. military insignias on its Bibles.

They cite “religious freedom” and the First Amendment right “to worship our creator without the obstruction of the government” in urging Panetta to clarify the decision to reverse a 2003 decision authorizing use of the official trademarked symbols of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

“As you are aware, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is claiming responsibility for the revocation of permission by B&H Publishing group to use official emblems on its military-themed Bibles,” the letter says. B&H Publishing is a division of Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Resources associated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

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