(Republican Party News) – According to a report from WND, the American Center for Law and Justices has confirmed that they have written a letter to a gift shop located at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, suggesting that managers return Bibles to store shelves.
The Bibles were removed on the insistence of activists who have dedicated themselves to the mission of making sure there aren’t any references to religion, even the ones protected by the U.S. Constitution in our country.
The organization then said, “The gift shop at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center is a business, not a charity. It selects and offers goods for sale that it believes will sell. If it offers goods that do not sell, it can reasonably decline to carry such goods in the future. Bottom line: The Bibles and other literature dealing with Easter were on display for sale because there was a demand for such items. That is a business decision, pure and simple. Such decisions are made daily by business owners. To say that a sound business decision regarding what products to offer violates separation of church and state is nonsense.”
The report then reveals that the organization stated it has written to the interim director of the facility in order to “inform her that her decision, rather than upholding the Constitution, actually violated it; to explain the applicable law; and to demand that the display of Christian literature be returned forthwith to the gift shop.”
The ACLJ then said that it holds a “special place” for the men and women who have served in uniform and have been injured in the line of duty.
“These are trying times. At home, we have runaway inflation, attempts to indoctrinate our kids while telling parents they have no say their children’s education, an unending influx of illegal immigrants crossing our sieve of a southern border, and a president who always seems to make the wrong decision, to name but a few of our problems. Abroad, there is war in Ukraine, the Russians are threatening to use chemical or nuclear weapons, China is engaging in provocative military drills aimed at Taiwan, and North Korea is once again testing long-range missiles,” the ACLJ said in its report.
Then there’s the issue of attempting to remove all mentions of religion from public life in atheists’ attempt to “secularize the country.”
“This time it was a ‘well-known anti-Bible advocate’ who charged that the store was selling Bibles, alongside chocolate Easter bunnies, and that crossed the line “separating” church and state,” WND reported.
“The problem is that the management at the medical center ‘apparently swallowed his argument hook, line, and sinker and within 24 hours, they had ordered the display of literature removed,'” WND said.
The ACLJ went on to report that the Constitution actually requires the federal government to be neutral toward religion, but “By removing only the religious display while leaving the secular display of Easter bunnies, the government singled out religion for special detriment—which it may not lawfully do.”
And while the Constitution seemingly teaches a separation of church and state, that’s only at the federal level. States can decide on an official religion for their state if they want. In fact, back in the day, many states did just that.
The organization then explained, “Along with Christmas, Easter is a time when many Christians exchange gifts. It makes sense for a gift shop to offer the type of items popular at Easter. Offering a religious product that visitors to your gift shop are looking for and wish to purchase—even in a gift shop in a federal facility like a VA Medical Center—does not mean that the government is either endorsing the message contained in the literature offered or favoring the faith group the literature reflects. To suggest otherwise is nonsense.”
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