By early September, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) expects to strip its affiliated hotel rooms and guest rooms of Bibles.
“For those Navy Lodges with religious materials currently in guest rooms, the Navy Lodge General Manager will contact the Installation Chaplain’s office who will provide guidance on the removal procedure disposition of these materials,” an administrator of NEXCOM wrote to a Navy chaplain.
While an official NEXCOM spokesperson declined to give an official “yes” or “no” regarding whether the Bibles would be disposed of, one atheist organization calling for their removal is reacting with great joy.
“FFRF is pleased to learn that NEXCOM has taken seriously its constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion as a representative of our federal government,” a spokesperson for the Freedom From Religious Foundation told Fox News.
“By removing Bibles from Navy-run lodges, the Navy has taken a step to ensure that it is not sending the impermissible message that Christians are favored over guests with other religious beliefs or over those guests with no religion.”
According to Fox News, they have been contacted by several service-members or employees of NEXCOM to report that Bibles have already begun disappearing from Navy lodges and other hotel rooms.