An Army recruiting poster on display outside a Phoenix recruiting station was removed Friday morning because it headlined the phrase “On a mission for both God and country.” The display was yanked down just hours after it was brought to the command’s attention.
It contained a stock image of a Special Forces patch which is made available for recruiting purposes but according to a recruiting spokesman the text was changed by the local recruiting personnel and not approved before printing or display.
According to the armytimes.com website – they brought the poster to the attention of the command. The first sentence from the 4th paragraph of the armytimes.com article:
The command first became aware of the poster Friday morning when it received questions about the display from Army Times.
The commenters on that article – mostly current or past members of the armed services – are bitterly divided on whether the display was unconstitutional. The comments left are, for the most part, raw, laced with vulgarity and not for those with sensitivities to crude, 4 letter words, although there are a few folks having a real, in-depth conversation and I highly recommend it. (to find comments on that site look for a comment bubble icon in the social sharing button gallery to the left or up top and click it – the comments will expand)
The display was the focus of a post on the Daily Kos website from anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein who is the president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The MRFF claims to represent approximately 40,000 service connected individuals. In that post Weinstein called the display a “stunning, unconstitutional disgrace” and labeled it the “Poster of Shame.”
“The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is delighted that the Constitution has been adhered to by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command,” Weinstein said after the poster was removed. “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.”
Army Recruiting Command is investigating who ordered and/or approved the display.