It sounds like something out of science fiction, but Donald Trump created the Space Force, which officially started December 20, 2019. The Space Force is a new, sixth branch of the United States armed services which will undertake missions in outer space, an area of growing concern due to nations like Iran and Pakistan venturing into the skies. And now the Space Force, under Trump Administration guidance, has an “official Bible” for swearing in officers.
Predictably, some are upset about it. How dare they have a Bible?
Washington National Cathedral held a ceremony to bless an “official” King James Bible on Sunday and tweeted that it “will be used to swear in all commanders of America’s newest military branch.”
That has the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) claiming that the U.S. military is establishing a religion somehow [insert outrage].
The ceremony included mentions of blessing Trump, the Space Force Commander Raymond, and “all the men and women of the newly created United States Space Force, wherever they may go.”
It appears the Bible will be used to swear in new officers. The King James (1611) is apparently still in vogue in the space age, with newer translations like the NIV, NLT, and The Message being overlooked for the honor.
The MRFF said it, “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.”
And all God’s people said…lol.
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