A cross that lies on the emblem of an U.S. Army Hospital in Fort Carson, Colorado is creating an uproar among the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Even though the emblem has been up since 1969, they have asked the hospital to take their emblem down now because it violates the constitutional requirement for separation of church and state.
The emblem also sates, “Pro deo et humanitate” meaning “For God and humanity.”
“The cross was meant to be both an emblem of mercy and a symbol dating to the Middle Ages, when pilgrims carried a cross with a spiked base to mark the site of a camp,” said Lt. Col. Steve Wollman. “References to doctors serving God and humanity date to the time of Hippocrates, a pre-Christianity Greek physician.”
“The symbol is a reference to the Crusades and could embolden U.S. enemies who want to portray the war on terror as a Christian war on Islam,” said the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. “This continues to add more fodder to the argument that we are Crusaders. It’s exactly what fundamentalist Muslims want.”
But why all the worry about an emblem that has been up for around 41 years? Representative Jack Kingston, R-Ga., asked the House Armed Services Committee this week to hold hearings on what he called “a growing movement in the military to censor certain biblical teachings.”
Many argue whether certain biblical teachings are being censored or if it is simply “Christianity” that is really being attacked lately. What are your opinions?