I am greatly concerned to learn that the U.S. Navy has ordered the removal of Gideon Bibles from Navy Lodge hotel rooms.
Also troubling is why the Navy would take its orders from groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, whose goal is to completely strip the military of religious freedom.
Throughout our military's history, faith has been an integral part of the good order of our nation's fighting men and women.
I urge you to do as the Air Force did in 2012 and reverse this grievous decision. Allowing Gideon Bibles to be placed in nightstands in hotel rooms on Navy bases serves to inspire, comfort, and encourage servicemen and women and their families.
I look forward to your response and hope to hear that you have reconsidered this policy and have returned to the long-standing tradition of welcoming Gideon-placed Bibles.