U.S. Army Removes ‘God and Country’ Recruiting Sign Following Complaint

BoardPHOENIX — The U.S. Army has ordered the removal of a sandwich board outside of an Arizona recruiting office because it included the phrase “On a mission for God and country.”

The sign, which has been posted outside of the recruiting office since at least last October, was removed on Friday following complaints. A photo of the sandwich board had been proliferated online, drawing ire from atheists and church-state separation advocates.

The most vocal opponent to the sign was Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The Daily Kos had published an article by Weinstein, who decried the sign as being a “painfully pathetic poster,” a “stunning unconstitutional disgrace” and a “poster of shame.”

“Long story short, the poster at the Phoenix armed forces recruitment hub is an absolutely abominable slap in the face of everyone who’s ever taken the time to digest, understand, and swear the service members’ sacred oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution, let alone those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the values, rights, and protections contained therein,” he wrote.

Weinstein, who stated in the article that he is on an “aggressive fight against fundamentalist Christian extremism,” is believed to be influential in the removal of the sign, although the Army Times said that the sandwich board was removed just hours after it called superiors to ask about the display.

Army Recruiting Command spokesman Brian Lepley told the publication that the local recruiting office had made and erected the sign without prior approval, and although it used a permissible image of a special forces patch for the background, the text posed a problem.

“Had the process been followed, the copy shown would not have been approved,” Lepley said.

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Now the Army is investigating who is responsible for ordering the customized sandwich board, which originally would have come with the slogan, “We don’t call for reinforcements. We make them.”

“[W]hoever, 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,” Weinstein told reporters.

But while some were concerned about the display of the sign, others are now even more concerned about its removal.

“[Saying that] ‘On a mission for both God and Country,’ is unconstitutional is an outright lie,” asserted writer Terresa Monroe-Hamilton. “There is absolutely nothing unconstitutional about it.”

“The saying has been around forever, and during battle, the military has always turned to God for comfort and for guidance,” she continued. “Now, the American military leadership and Obama’s administration have turned from God in a stark manner and God is likely to do the same in return. … May God have mercy on our country.”

According to reports, after Navy Seals carried out their mission to execute Osama Bin Laden four years ago, they radioed in the code, “For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.” Barack Obama was also gifted with a signed flag following the return of the men, which read, “From the Joint Task Force Operation Neptune’s Spear, 01 May 2011: For God and country. Geronimo.”

Photo: Military Religious Freedom Foundation


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  • Gary

    I oppose the sign too. The us military is not working for God. It is working AGAINST God. The military works for the homosexuals, the arms manufacturers, the bankers, the politicians. It DOES NOT work for the American people.

    • Fundisi

      I am sorry but this is where we part ways big time. Coming from a family that has always been mostly Christian and on both sides have defended this country since the Revolutionary War, as a general statement that the soldiers are working against God and/or works for homosexuals, arms manufacturers, bankers and politicians, I find offensive. While the Pentagon, the Defense Department and liberal administrations have corrupted our military and may use it for malevolent reasons, the majority of our soldiers and sailors do fight for and believe in God and country.

  • chy

    American time has come to an end, bcuz they are making Sodom and Gomorrah looks like a saint. Destruction coming soon on your way. God judgment has been passed upon her.

  • BarkingDawg

    The poster was a bit ham handed.

    We do not engage in religeous wars.

    • Fundisi

      That is a lie!

  • James Grimes

    Pathetic = Mikey Weinstein

    • Galaxy Cat

      Would Weinstein change his first name because it is that of the Archangel?

      • James Grimes

        He probably doesn’t even know it. Blessings…

  • Jeffery Kinkead

    America pushing God out of public life: http://youtu.be/Er5bvvHhSNg

  • http://textsincontext.wordpress.com Michael Snow

    Charles Spurgeon: ” I always rejoice to find a soldier a Christian, but I always mourn to find a Christian a soldier, . . .
    The followers of Christ in these days seem to me to have forgotten a great part of Christianity.” https://spurgeonwarquotes.wordpress.com/

  • Peter Castle

    These idiots appease Islamic jihadists yet target peaceful, laws-abiding Christians! They probably also hate capitalism and are ignorant of the fact that America’s Founders were Christians and entrepreneurs.

    See “Right-Wing Islamic Terrorists” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-6V.

  • Tamela Beckman

    You can take the sign down but you can never take out what is in the soldiers heart. ” “For God and Country” forevermore until this nation collapses from the godless liberal mindset. FOOLS!!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/mickskeptic Michael Stone-Richard

    “[Saying that] ‘On a mission for both God and Country,’ is unconstitutional is an outright lie,” asserted writer Terresa Monroe-Hamilton. “There is absolutely nothing unconstitutional about it.”

    Ever hear of a little thing called the of the Bill of Rights, Ms. Monroe-Hamilton.

    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Any endorsement of any god on any official government anything is unconstitutional — because that would a de facto endorsement of said any god’s religion over all others.