National Guard Troops Barred From Receiving Honors at VBS

By Kevin Fobbs, Guest Author.
Kevin FobbsThis post originally appeared at BuzzPo.
Used by permission.

Summer is a time when churches love to open their doors to kids and teens for many wonderful fun activities like youth camps and vacation bible school activities. According to Fox News, the small country church of Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, Missouri wanted to do something special to show their American pride with a vacation bible school honor for the military.

Sounds like a terrific patriotic shindig by anyone’s standard, and so for the past Memorial Days the church even prepared lots of excellent food like fried chicken, potato salad and the minister would salute the veterans, who were in full uniform during the church’s morning worship, reported Fox News.

But something got in the way that made little to no sense to the fine church folk at Bible Baptist Church, who had made the decision to honor the nearby National Guard unit during their annual Vacation Bible School. The military decided that their week’s theme of “God’s Rescue Squad,” was against military policy for National Guard troops to participate in Vacation Bible School,” according to church leader Pastor Kent Hogan.

As one might imagine there was more than shock and disappointment felt by the kids and teens who pledge allegiance and sing the national anthem every morning at the summer youth camp. That act of patriotism apparently mattered little to the National Guard officials, who did not want the armory troops to drop by with one of their Humvees. The official answer was, “They said if the National Guard had assets on church property it would look like the National Guard is sponsoring the Baptist religion said Pastor Hogan,” according to Fox News.

How far has the Obama agenda to strip religion from all aspects of American lifestyle gone when even a church vacation bible school event is tarnished with such unpatriotic seamy governmental secular rhetoric? In the end it is America’s loss, because as Pastor Hogan said, “We were going to thank them for protecting our religious liberty. It was more of a promotion for the military – to show the kids what the military does.


Parking Humvees on church property looks like “sponsoring the Baptist religion?” Where do they dig these people up? – Ed.