Pentagon bans Bible verses on dog tags, while Pres. Trump upholds right to pray in public schools

No Bible Verses on Soldiers’ Dog Tags

The Pentagon caved in to (((Mikey Weinstein))) of the atheistic Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) again.

Caleb Parke reports for Fox News, Dec. 3, 2019, that for the past 20 years, U.S. military members have been able to wear dog tags with Bible verses on them, giving them light and hope in some of their darkest times. For some Gold Star families, this is one of their most cherished possessions to remember their loved one who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Founded by Kenny Vaughan in 1998, Shields of Strength is a Texas-based company that makes Christian jewelry, beginning with a dog-tag with a Bible scripture which Vaughan had made for himself. The company now makes dog-tags with Bible verses for military members and their family, as well as other Christian-theme jewelry and apparel.

After Fox News reported on Shields of Strength last July, Weinstein complained to the Department of Defense (DOD), demanding the DOD ban the Bible verses dog-tags. “Soon after,” each military branch pulled or threatened to pull the trademark licenses that had been issued to Kenny Vaughan from Shields of Strength.

Berry, a Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, told Fox News: “Just when I didn’t think Mikey Weinstein could stoop any lower, he pulled a stunt like that. He’d rather take it away from them just to raise his own publicity than support our service members … that’s pretty cowardly and that’s cruel.”

Vaughan said he’s seen soldiers, who have to leave their Bible behind, carry their Shields of Strength dog-tags with them; oftentimes, the soldiers would stand in line for hours just to get one: “The love of Jesus changed my life forever. It’s the most valuable thing I have to offer anyone is God’s Word. No one needs it more than a young man or woman fighting for our freedom and we’re going to fight for them.”

An acquaintance of mine who’s a Constitutional Law attorney, says:

“While I would absolutely oppose the military issuing such tags (even with a request from the servicemember) it is outrageous that servicemembers can’t voluntarily inscribe their own tags. From a legal point of view, if the military allows any inscriptions at all (like “I Love Mom”) then banning religious ones is content discrimination. That triggers strict (constitutional) scrutiny.”

Prayer in School

Meanwhile, on January 16, 2020, President Trump followed through on his promise to the Evangelicals for Trump rally in Miami on January 3 to “safeguard students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools” through a directive from the Department of Education.

As reported by the AP and Christianity Today, the Department of Education issued a guidance on school prayer, the first updated guidance since 2003. The directive orders states to verify that school districts have no policies limiting constitutionally protected prayer, refer violators to the Education Department, and provide ways for making complaints against schools.

From the Department of Education’s press release of January 16, 2020:

[F]or the first time since 2003, the Department will …issue today updated guidance on constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary and secondary schools. The Department is required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to update this guidance every two years. The guidance explains the ESEA’s requirement that states report which local educational agencies have not certified that they do not have any policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer. The ESEA also requires states to report complaints against a local educational agency that allegedly denies a person, including a student or employee, the right to engage in constitutionally protected prayer. The guidance clarifies that the ESEA requires states to provide a clear process for students, parents, and teachers to report violations of their right to pray. Under the ESEA, states must fulfill these reporting requirements by November 1 of each year.

Christianity Today reminds us that public schools have been barred from leading students in classroom prayer since 1962, when the Supreme Court said it violated a First Amendment clause forbidding the establishment of a government religion. Later decisions extended the ban to school graduation ceremonies and, under certain circumstances, school athletic games.

Civil liberties groups say the firewall protects religious minorities and ensures fair treatment of all faiths. But many Christians say courts and schools have pushed too far against the right to free religious expression. Surveys find that Americans remain largely in favor of prayer in public schools:

  • According to General Social Survey data analyzed by political scientist Ryan Burge, just 20–35% of Christians support a ban against requiring reading the Lord’s Prayer or the Bible in public schools, and the religiously unaffiliated are evenly divided on the question.
  • A 2019 Pew Research Center survey found 41% of teens in public schools, including 68% of evangelicals, said they view teacher-led prayer in class as appropriate. A majority of teens in general (82%) and evangelical teens (64%) say there are no religious support or prayer groups that meet in their school.

South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem, 48, is also fighting back against the Left’s tyranny.

In March 2019, Noem signed a law requiring every public school throughout the state to display an “In God We Trust” sign on their premises beginning in the fall semester. The law went into effect last July. (H/t Tom Wigand)

~Eowyn

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adr. Dan Chapman
adr. Dan Chapman
9 months ago

If you are so weak you need to obscure your dog tags you should not be there. As for Trump’s feigned Christianity: The greatest betrayal of Christ Jesus since the KISS of Judas Iscariot. Trump’s “SUPER SUPERIORITY” Executive Order for Jews. The order will effectively interpret Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, to trigger a federal law penalizing colleges and universities, and soon expand to cover Worshiping CHRIST since Judaism has hated and attacked Christ for 2,000 years. For the first time since Emperor Constantine recognized Christianity in the 300th Year of Our Lord, Christians are relegated to… Read more »

William
William
9 months ago

Trump’s exec order merely codified long-established precedent, that Jews are a nationality. It is instructive that it has been attacked by the left as, believe it or not, “viciously anti-semitic”, and as “paving the way for the establishment of a white Christian ethno-state.” Seriously? If so I for one am fine with that. It has divided the left while tossing a crumb to the Zionists, which he is obliged to do from time to time, and that was Trump’s purpose. Not since Lincoln has the country seen such a masterful politician. And his Christianity is not “feigned”. I think you… Read more »

Andrew Sonne Ermocida
Andrew Sonne Ermocida
9 months ago

What croc of crap! go mow the lawn or find something usefull to do. You ‘Know less than nothing.
thepropheticscroll.org or suck air. Man! some people think farting on public venues is virtuous;

Ed
Ed
9 months ago

The age of the evil false god of Abraham is passing away

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
9 months ago

As long as there are ‘foxholes” TPTB won’t be able to stop soldiers from praying.
As long as there are exams students will be praying.

William
William
9 months ago
Reply to  YouKnowWho

Well, math exams for sure

WALLY
WALLY
9 months ago

Welcome to the Great United Soviet Socialist Stasi Schutzen-Staffel SAVAK states of Amerika, Komrades!

DCG
Admin
DCG
9 months ago

“Just when I didn’t think Mikey Weinstein could stoop any lower…”

I can guarantee you this vile creature is already plotting his next case.

wife & i
wife & i
9 months ago
Reply to  DCG

I can assure the Mikey Weinstein’s of the world There will be a Day of Reckoning where they’ll stand Alone before the Almighty!
note; long life for these Evil doers is the ultimate Curse for them – negative brownie points by Hating the Only One Who could Truly love them – What HORROR Awaits them, the Lord Will Not Be MOCKED!

God Bless
& Love you
All

Heb 13:6

shalom
shalom

Andrew Sonne Ermocida
Andrew Sonne Ermocida
9 months ago

Hahaha….Mikey Weinstein can do NOTHING! Let Yahweh inscribe His Word with a diamond pen our your Hearts. Let the depravity of the likes of Mikey (the stupid childish one) believe in his power which is laughable and utterly weak! Soldiers of God! Gird up now and put on True Strength.
thepropheticscroll.org

William
William
9 months ago

When I was in grade school we started every day with the Lords’ Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. There were a couple of Jewish girls in later years but they weren’t expected or pressured to participate, they just sat it out quietly. No one thought anything of it, a different God, a different mountaintop. So be it. When school prayer was banned in 1962 teen pregnancies began to skyrocket. I’ll see if I can find the reference for that. But definitely a strong correlation

Lana
Lana
9 months ago
Reply to  William

That’s interesting. I would be interested in seeing the source for that, but good luck finding it at this point. Seems like everything that I have read over the last 15 years that points to the source for the evil coming true before our eyes is being scrubbed from the web.

William
William
8 months ago
Reply to  Lana

Found this after a quickie search, citing William Bennett. To make the case we would need hard data and correlation is not causation. But removal of school prayer coincides with general moral decline
http://panthernow.com/2011/02/09/moral-decline-due-to-absence-of-school-prayer/

CalGirl
CalGirl
8 months ago
Reply to  William

Wm., we must be a cohort, b/c this is what I remember, too. But, teen pregnancies—-just remember, Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 & Johnson’s “Great Society” of expanded welfare programs, school feeding programs & untold others…began. Perhaps there was a “perfect storm” of secularism (Spiritually freeing up people of there own responsibilities for their & their families’ upkeep & well-being within families of God & community) & the rise of the “Nanny State” within our own Federal Government, to the great detriment of the American family, the education of our youths, & destruction of childhood/each successive generation thereafter as functioning… Read more »

William
William
8 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Indeed, whatever we subsidize we get more of. You are to be commended. Then entire system of “helping professions” is designed specifically to create lifetime dependency while claiming to do the exact opposite. One clinic where I worked was closely tied to child “protective” services (DCF) and to celebrate our collaboration there were posters everywhere with pictures of happy-clappy “families”, meaning single mothers with “diverse” children and the words “Making Families Stronger”. DCF in fact destroys families and then takes custody of kids so that they can be indoctrinated properly by The State. There was a bumper sticker here, The… Read more »

TrailDust
Admin
9 months ago

Mikey Weinstein must be thrown out of any place where he can influence the military.

Jackie Puppet
9 months ago

Isn’t there a single attorney who knows that the purpose behind “freedom of religion” is to prevent the gubmint from establishing a state church (American church), like the Anglican church in England, and tell that to a judge?

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
9 months ago

Screw them. Put on a keychain and keep in your pocket.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
9 months ago

If that becomes the rule,they’d have to throw a lot of members of the Military out,because one person’s Religious beliefs trump any “rules” the Government might dream up.

Michael Garrison
Michael Garrison
9 months ago

I do NOT get my rights from the Perverts of Satan, aka: the Freemasons who run this country.
My rights come from my Heavenly Father. If you gotta problem with that, I’ll hit you with so many rights that you’ll be PRAYING for a left.

CalGirl
CalGirl
8 months ago

Let us remember the advent /HISTORIC concept of “dog tags” ( Mikey & the courts & anyone who uphold the ban on this issue…..): Mikey, did you know that dog tags first started to informally appear during our Civil War, as our Union troops used to write their OWN identification …name, location of origin, family contacts, burial & religious issues …WHATEVER…..onto a paper “tag” and pin it into the back of the neck of their service jacket. They especially would do this when they sensed the opening of a major campaign or battle……They did this so their bodies could be… Read more »