Bibles Banned At Walter Reed – Why?
Hitler, Stalin, Mao…they would be so proud.
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government. So let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become the legal version of the first.” – attributed to Thomas Jefferson, although not found in any of his known writings.
The idea that a Holy Bible would be banned anywhere in the United States of America, for any reason, is unfathomable. However, that is exactly what happened when the Navy said that Bibles could not be brought into the Walter Reed hospital. Images of burning books, during the Nazi reign of terror, come to mind. The problem is that this is America in 2011, not Germany in 1940.
According to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, it lifted the ban on Friday afterRep. Steve King (R-Iowa) gave a speech on the House floor. The Navy is supposedly issuing new guidelines.
How did something like this happen? Apparently, the Navy issued new guidelines for friends and family visiting the sick and wounded soldiers at Walter Reed. Those new guidelines stated, “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” But, the unanswered question is why now the new guidelines, especially before Christmas? We may never know the real answer, buried in governmental doublespeak and bureaucracy.
When the new religious restrictions were brought to the attention of Capital Hill by the Family Research Council, that prompted the angry speech by Rep. Steve King. King stated, “That means you can’t bring in a Bible and read from it when you visit your son or your daughter, perhaps – or your wife or husband. It means a priest that might be coming in to visit someone on their deathbed couldn’t bring in the Eucharist, couldn’t offer Last Rites. This is the most outrageous affront.”
According to a Walter Reed spokesperson, the intent was to respect religious and cultural practices of our patients and the instructions about the Bibles and reading material have been rescinded. Sound like doublespeak?
(Denzinger-Schönmetzer, Enchiridion Symbolorum 770-771)
(The Western Watchman, a Catholic newspaper published in St. Louis, August 9, 1894)
The Burning of Tyndale
An exposition into the VII chapter of the Corinthians.
The matrimony of Tyndal.
A B C against the clergy.
Ortulus animae, in English.
A book against Saint Thomas of Canterbury.
A book made by Friar Reye against the seven sacraments.
An answer of Tyndal to Sir Thomas More’s dialogue, in English.
A disputation of purgatory, made by John Frythe.
The first book of Moses, called Genesis.
A prologue in the second book of Moses, called Exodus.
A prologue in the third book of Moses, called Leviticus.
A prologue in the fourth book of Moses, called Numeri.
A prologue in the fifth book of Moses, called Deuteronomy.
The New Testament in English, with an introduction to the epistle to the Romans.
The sum of scripture.
The primer in English.
The psalter in English.
(Die Indices Librorum Prohibitorum des sechzehnten
Jahrhunderts (Tübingen, 1886), page 246f.)