Navy investigates after Bible was included in Okinawa POW/MIA display
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Navy has launched an investigation after a Bible was included in a POW/MIA “Missing Man” table display at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa.
Officials were first alerted to the issue Thursday evening, when a complaint was received from the New York-based Law Office of Donald Rehkopf Jr. on behalf of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and 26 families on Okinawa. It was addressed to Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, Navy Medicine West commander.
The grievance demands the immediate removal of the Bible from the display, as well as the immediate removal of accompanying written materials that describe the United States as being “founded as one nation under God” and a Japanese translation of those materials.
It also demands an independent investigation into who put up the display and disciplinary measures for those responsible.
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