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Religious liberty groups protest cathedral blessing of ‘official Bible’ of the new U.S. Space Force

Jan 16, 2020

By Michelle Boorstein

Some religious liberty groups are protesting a blessing ceremony for a Protestant Bible to be used by the new U.S. Space Force, saying the D.C. ceremony this past weekend violates church-state barriers and is an insult to America’s diversity.

Washington National Cathedral, seat of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, tweeted an image Sunday of cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith and the Rev. Carl Wright, the denomination’s bishop for military branches and federal agencies, blessing a King James Bible along with Maj. Gen. Steven A. Schaick, the Air Force chief of chaplains.

The Space Force, part of the Department of the Air Force, is the newest branch of the U.S. military and is dedicated to space warfare.

“The men and women of our Armed Services are a microcosm of our nation’s rich diversity. An official Christian Bible for the #SpaceForce oath violates the constitutional right to exercise religious freedom that these Air Force officers swear to defend,” the Anti-Defamation League tweeted Tuesday.

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