Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Suit Challenges Bible Display At VA Hospital

Suit was filed yesterday in New Hampshire federal district court against a VA Medical Center challenging a lobby display that includes a Bible.  As described by an AP report on the lawsuit:
The Bible was carried by a prisoner of war in World War II and became part of the Missing Man Table honoring missing veterans and POWs at the entranceway of the Manchester VA Medical Center. The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday the table was sponsored by a veterans group called the Northeast POW/MIA Network.
The complaint (full text) in Chamberlain v. Montoya, (D NH, filed 5/7/2019), contends that the display violates the Establishment Clause, saying in part:
Here, the placement of the Christian Bible in a locked case on the POW/MIA table puts forth the Christian beliefs of some, at the expense of the beliefs of non-Christians.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are represented by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. while the Northeast POW/MIA Network is represented by First Liberty Institute.