Army symbol is religious and should be changed, group says

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A watchdog group says a cross and religious motto on the emblem of an Army hospital violate the Constitution and should be removed.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has asked Fort Carson to change its hospital emblem, saying it violates the separation of church and state.

The motto is “Pro deo et humanitate” or “For God and humanity.”

Lt. Col. Steve Wollman says commanders will review the complaint.

Wollman says the cross, which has a pointed base, is both an emblem of mercy and a symbol dating to the Middle Ages, when pilgrims carried a cross with a spiked base to mark the site of a camp.

Wollman says references to doctors serving God and humanity date to the time of Hippocrates, a pre-Christian Greek physician.

Associated Press

5 Responses to Army symbol is religious and should be changed, group says

  1. Keep the symbol!

    Ed Ward
    April 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

  2. Seriously?…seriously…seriously?

    S. Cox
    April 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm

  3. Which part of the Constitution specifically?

    Dave Bair
    April 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

  4. According to this group all cross symbols are designated as religious symbols. Someone should alert the Swiss and the Red Cross that they’re next.

    The separation of Church and State is not written as this group would like us to believe. “Mikey” Weinstein is a non-christian Air Force trained lawyer with way too much time on his hands. It is one thing to attack a hospital symbol and quite another to prevent religious recruitment and/or indoctrination activities within the military. I hope the Col. gives this requests as much review as it deserves on it’s way to the incinerator.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm

  5. Three cheers for The Military Religious Freedom Foundation. I’m glad someone has finally stepped forward with the courage and clarity to stop this criminal attempt to capture the American military and harness it to the tradition of holy-wars and mass slaughters that have characterized religiously contaminated governments throughout history.

    Gary Betchan
    May 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm