(KFTK) - A group whose purpose is to protect religious freedom in the military has threatened to sue over the blessing of an official Bible that will be used to swear in commanders of the newest branch of the U.S. Military – Space Force.
On Tuesday, Gen. John Raymond placed his left on a Bible as he was sworn in as the leader of the sixth branch of the military, Space Force. Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) says that they've been contacted by outraged members of the military and civilians who feel using the Bible to swear in the commanders is unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment.
The Bible was blessed by Rev. Carl Wright, the Episcopal Church's bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries in a ceremony on Sunday. And it will be the same Bible used to swear in all commanders of America's newest military branch, according to the Washington Post.
"MRFF condemns, in as full-throated a manner as is humanly possible, the shocking and repulsive display of only the most vile, exclusivist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy, dominance, triumphalism and exceptionalism which occurred at yesterday’s ‘blessing’, at the Washington National Cathedral, of a sectarian Christian bible which will apparently ‘be used to swear in all commanders of America’s newest military branch (ie. The United States Space Force)," the statement read in part.
You can watch the full swearing in of Gen. Raymond, here: