The Vacation Bible School (VBS) at the Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, Missouri was honoring those who serve America. They were called, “God’s Rescue Squad,” and each day of the week a service group such as paramedics, fire department, sheriff’s department, etc. would arrive at the VBS and talk about what they do. On a Thursday it was the time set aside for the National Guard. They didn’t show because as the National Guard put it, “If the National Guard had assets on church property, it would look like the National Guard is sponsoring the Baptist religion.”
Military bans troops from being honored by vacation Bible school
By Michael Dorstewitz/Liberty Unyielding
In yet another nod to someone’s skewed idea of the First Amendment and political correctness, a Missouri National Guard armory was forced to decline an invitation to be honored by a local Baptist church youth group.
Under the theme, “God’s Rescue Squad,” the vacation Bible school of the Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, MO., planned to honor those who serve, with a different group scheduled for each day of the week, according to Fox News.
Local paramedics appeared on Monday, the fire department on Tuesday followed by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit on Wednesday.But Thursday was a different matter. According to Fox:
That was the day when the church was supposed to honor the National Guard. They had invited troops from the nearby armory to drop by with one of their Humvees.
“We were going to thank them for protecting our religious liberty,” Pastor Kent Hogan told Fox. “It was more of a promotion for the military – to show the kids what the military does.”
But the troops were a no-show. The church got a message instead.
“We were told it was against military policy for National Guard troops to participate in Vacation Bible School,” Hogan said. “They said if the National Guard had assets on church property, it would look like the National Guard is sponsoring the Baptist religion.”
Read the complete story about the National Guard banning troops from the Vacation Bible School at Liberty Unyielding.
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