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ICC Note: Early last month a U.S. Air Force chaplain faced controversy after publishing an article with the often heard phrase “There are no atheists in foxholes.” The Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained soon after, demanding the article be taken down and the chaplain disciplined for the article, saying the phrase  insulted those with no faith, despite the fact that the phrase was used by President Eisenhower. Eventually the Alliance Defending Freedom stepped in to inquire about the censorship of the article and the Air Force has now republished it. The story demonstrates how difficult it can be for anyone in government or the U.S. military to express in any way comments that are connected to faith without facing controversy. 
8/14/2013 United States (ChristianPost) – The U.S. Air Force republished a chaplain’s devotional article to a base website after an official initially removed it in response to a complaint about its reflections on the famous quotation “There are no atheists in foxholes,” often attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In early July, a devotional article by Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes (USAF) was posted on the website of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in the Chaplain’s Corner titled “No atheists in foxholes: Chaplains gave all in World War II.”
Shortly after the publication of the devotional, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation requested that the Air Force remove it off the base website and formally discipline Reyes, claiming it insulted those with no faith, according to WND.
The letter from the MRFF to the Air Force stated that in his article Reyes chose to “publicly denigrate those without religion.”
The activist group also stated that Reyes “defiles the dignity of service members by telling them that regardless of their personally held philosophical beliefs they must have faith.”
The Air Force removed the article within hours of receiving the complaint, according to WND.
“Chaplains have the freedom and obligation to speak about faith and religious values, and this freedom should not be censored or prohibited,” said Alliance Defending Freedom litigation counsel Kellie Fiedorek in a statement released Tuesday. “The Air Force should be commended for recognizing this and returning Chaplain Reyes’s essay to the ‘Chaplains Corner’ portion of his base’s website.”

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