‘God and Country’ Poster Removed from Army Recruiting Station

A photo provided by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation shows a poster outside a Phoenix recruiting station with the tagline, "On a mission for both God and country." (Courtesy of Military Religious Freedom Foundation)
A photo provided by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation shows a poster outside a Phoenix recruiting station with the tagline, “On a mission for both God and country.” (Courtesy of Military Religious Freedom Foundation)

A poster with the phrase “On a mission for both God and country” on display outside a Phoenix recruiting station was removed Friday morning, an Army Recruiting Command spokesman said, hours after the unapproved display was brought to the command’s attention.

The poster, which features a Special Forces patch along with Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces tabs, includes “a stock image” the command makes available for local recruiters, spokesman Brian Lepley said in an email, “but the text was changed by the local recruiting personnel” and not cleared by command headquarters.

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

The command first became aware of the poster Friday morning when it received questions about the display from Army Times. It was unclear when the display went up, but images of the sandwich board outside a recruiting office appear online in places like Reddit and Flickr with dates as far back as October.

It received more online attention on Thursday, when an image of the display was the center of a news release and a post on the Daily Kos website from Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. In the post, which had nearly 400 comments as of Friday afternoon, Weinstein called the display a “stunning, unconstitutional disgrace” and labeled it the “Poster of Shame.”

He said a number of his group’s clients brought the item to his attention. The MRFF claimed in January to represent more than 40,000 service-connected individuals.

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SOURCE: Army Times
Kevin Lilley