A poster with the phrase ‘On a mission for both God and Country’ outside an Army Recruitment Center in Phoenix was taken down after complaints from a liberal organization, citing a breach of protocol.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 17, 2015
This poster used a “stock image” provided to recruiting centers and features an Army uniform affixed with Special Forces, Ranger, and Airborne badges. “But the text was changed by the local recruiting personnel,” spokesman Brian Lepley told The Army Times.
The same publication pointed out the recruiting poster had been spotted on social internet sites Reddit and Flickr as far back as October. It had not been taken down until Mikey Weinstein – president and founder of left-leaning military civil-rights group Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) – gave it headlines in an op-ed penned in The Daily Kos, a left-wing news site:
Get this U.S. Army and get it well: The United States armed forces may surely fight and kill ‘for country’ and our legitimate national security interests. But our troops do not fight and kill for anyone’s ‘God’ or related supernatural deity.
There are 47 approved taglines in the Accessions Support Brigade (ASB) catalog for recruiting posters. Some of them include ‘Army Strong,’ ‘Soldier’s Creed,’ ‘Warrior Ethos,’ and ‘It’s Not For Everyone. Just The Leaders Of Tomorrow.’ The tagline ‘On a mission for both God and Country’ is not one of the approved taglines, and none of them refer to God.
Weinstein praised the poster’s removal in a press release. “The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is delighted that the Constitution has been adhered to by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command,” he said, while calling for the heads of those who initially displayed the poster. “But whoever, in any way, shape or form, allowed that poster to be designed, prepared and displayed, those individuals should be aggressively investigated and very visibly punished.”
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Not everyone is happy about it, however:
Cuz we’d hate to recruit anyone who believes in God & country: ‘God and country’ recruit poster axed from Army office http://t.co/jrI3QSLJFF
— Jessie Jane Duff (@JessieJaneDuff) January 19, 2015
And THIS is the crap liberals worry about. *sigh ‘God and country’ recruit poster axed from Army office http://t.co/JbleDKUd1Z
— Elizabeth Reece (@BethReece) January 19, 2015
h/t: The Washington Times