Responding to a complaint filed by the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, the Air Force will no longer list Bibles in the checklist of hospitality requirements for the Air Force Inns lodging suites. The Air Force Times reports,
The Bibles that are often found in the nightstands of Air Force Inns lodging rooms aren’t going away, but the requirement that staff check and make sure they’re there is.
The Air Force Services Agency will remove the “Is a Bible provided?” question from its lodging checklist, according to Air Force Personnel Center spokesman Mike Dickerson.
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. The updated checklist will be in effect for fiscal 2013.
The Air Force Times notes that there is not going to be a "wholesale scrub" of Bibles from the inns, but that removing the Bibles will be considered in light of the military's responsibilities under the First Amendment.
The American Family Association ("AFA") is not pleased and is demanding an investigation of the Air Force and its Secretary, Michael B. Donley, for their alleged "anti-religious bias."
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