Anti-Christian Activism Gets Military Seals Removed From Bible Covers
This Christmas I received an unusual gift from a family member: a heightened awareness of anti-Christian activism targeting the American military. Actually, the gift was the Marine’s Bible (Holman publishers), which then led to the heightened state of awareness. When I unwrapped it from its packaging and looked at the cover, something was amiss.
I looked more carefully at the seal on the front cover. There was an eagle, and there was a globe, and there was an anchor, but it was not the Eagle Globe and Anchor. Then I remembered about recent anti-Christian activism and complaints over Bibles printed with military themes.
This was not the first time I had seen The Marine’s Bible. in fact, I had purchased one for myself a few years earlier. I was specifically attracted to the scarlet-red cover emblazoned with that familiar Marine Corps emblem stamped in gold foil–the symbol I spent years earning the right to wear—the Eagle Globe and Anchor.
But the red Bible I received this Christmas was different. The front was not adorned with the proud symbol of the Marines;
- It was covered with an imitation
I thought about the anti-Christian activism surging against anything in the military related to the Christian worldview by activists who don’t understand that religious freedom includes the freedom to express Christian values within the bounds of both the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause.
A religious watchdog group applied pressure to the Department of Defense, and the seals were removed.
I leafed through the front and back of the two Bibles to see if I could detect any major differences. The first difference was evident on the first printed page. Here is what you find in the 2004 edition:
Notice the reference to the Book of Worship for the United States Forces.
And the title page for 2012:
The iconic seal of the USMC has been replaced by a generic symbol with a different eagle, an anchor, and a red globe. Notice the words around the seal spell out “United States of America” instead of “United States Marine Corps.”
And here is what replaces it in the 2012 edition:
That’s right. A blank page. No history for you. What do you think about anti-Christian activism and the new Marine’s Bible?
About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.