Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is backtracking on an order that banned family members from bringing Bibles and other religious materials to injured soldiers and a religious organization is demanding an explanation.
Issued on the date of the official consolidation of the region’s two military medical centers, the memo on visitor and patient policy contained a section stating “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” The Sept. 14 memo came from the desk of Col. Norvell Coots, the commander of the Walter Reed Healthcare system.
A spokeswoman for Walter Reed told The Washington Examiner on Friday that the policy was “written incorrectly,” and that a ban on religious items was never enforced.
“Family can and always have been able to bring in any religious materials,” said spokeswoman Sandy Dean, adding that the hospital provides chaplain services for many faiths.
The medical center rescinded the policy in early December after the Family Research Council brought it to the attention of several members of Congress who then contacted Walter Reed.
“It should have been more thoroughly reviewed,” Dean said.
But FRC President Tony Perkins is skeptical.
“If you can’t get it right in a memo [from the commander], who can you trust?” he said.
Source: Washington Examiner | Liz Farmer