Robert Knight

Three incidents in recent days tell us all we need to know about the Obama Administration’s "values."

On Dec. 1, the story broke that Bethesda, Maryland-based Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where wounded veterans convalesce, apparently had banned visitors from bringing in Bibles or other religious items.

Walter Reed Chief of Staff C.W. Callahan issued a memo in September which said: "No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit."

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, savaged the Obama Administration on the floor of the House, saying, "The President of the United States should address this and should excoriate the people who brought about this policy and the individual who brought it about should be dismissed from the United States Military."

Yes, telling wounded soldiers and their families that their First Amendment freedoms have been suspended should be a firing offense.

Rep. King, who serves on the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, conveyed the gravity:

"The idea that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that have fought to defend our Constitution, and that includes our First Amendment rights to religious liberty –would be denied that religious liberty when they are lying in a hospital bed recovering from wounds incurred while defending that liberty is the most bitter and offensive type of an irony that I can think of."

The policy was rescinded, but that it happened at all is a reminder of the culture that  Mr. Obama has fostered in the armed forces and executive agencies, where extreme environmentalism, moral relativism, and sexual immorality have replaced traditional American values.  We shouldn’t really be surprised when a bureaucrat tries to bar Bibles in a U.S. military stateside hospital while other bureaucrats make sure that terrorists in Guantanamo Bay get copies of the Koran. 

You almost have to feel sorry for poor Callahan, who is part of the new metrosexual military that values "diversity" more than combat readiness, so long as it doesn’t include Christianity.

Recall Army Gen. George Casey’s comment after a Muslim extremist slaughtered 13 people at Fort Hood in Texas in November 2009: "Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse."

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.