Military forbids use of official emblems on Bibles comment (0)
June 21, 2012
WASHINGTON — A group that monitors religious freedom violations in the armed forces claimed victory June 11 after the Pentagon announced that LifeWay Christian Resources can no longer use official emblems of the four military branches on Bibles sold at military installations around the globe.
In an exchange of letters with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Defense Department officials said permission granted in 2003 to the Southern Baptist Convention publishing house to use military emblems on four Holman Christian Standard Bibles titled the Soldier’s Bible, Sailor’s Bible, Marine’s Bible and Airman’s Bible was revoked when the military revamped its trademark licensing regulations in 2011.
The Albuquerque-based foundation learned through a Freedom of Information Act request that the Army gave LifeWay permission on March 13, 2003, to utilize the Army emblem on books published for commercial sale. Lawyers claimed it violated the Establishment Clause by giving appearance of a government stamp of approval on the Bibles.
Military officials responded that LifeWay was notified it may no longer use military insignias on the Bibles, but could sell already-printed copies until the stock was depleted.