UPDATE: The Air Force has now reversed its ban on the words “Have a Blessed Day.” Here’s the full statement I just received from Robins AFB:
“We are a professional organization defended by a professional force. Our defenders portray a professional image that represents a base all of Middle Georgia can be proud of. Defenders have been asked to use the standard phrase “Welcome to Team Robins” in their greeting and can add various follow-on greetings as long as they remain courteous and professional.
The Air Force takes any expressed concern over religious freedom very seriously. Upon further review and consultation, the Air Force determined use of the phrase “have a blessed day” as a greeting is consistent with Air Force standards and is not in violation of Air Force Instructions.”
Military personnel at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia will no longer be able to greet people at security gates with the phrase, “have a blessed day,” according to a base spokesman.
Oh, for Heaven’s sake!
“Someone took offense at the statement,” said spokesman Roland Leach. “As a professional courtesy we had it changed to ‘have a great day.’”
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation took credit for the ban. The MRFF is a group of perpetually-offended trouble makers who love to target Christians.
They issued a press release claiming 13 of their cohorts were “outraged” at being told to have a blessed day when they entered the base gates.
“On no less than 15 occasions over the last two weeks, I have been greeted by the military personnel at the gate with the phrase ‘have a blessed day,’” one of Weinstein’s overly-sensitive groupies claimed.
According to the MRFF, the airman is “non-religious.” Hence — the gross offense.
“I found the greeting to be a notion that I, as a non-religious member of the military community should believe a high rower has an influence on how my day should go,” he whimpered.
Dr. Phil would have a field day with this fainthearted fellow.
The airman mentioned in his diatribe that he could not record the actual greeting because it would be “endangering my position and family by doing so.”
Once Weinstein called the Air Force base it took three minutes and 10 seconds for the military to ban the phrase. For whatever the reason, the Air Force is terrified of Weinstein and his minions. I’ve lost count of the number of times they’ve done his bidding and marginalized Christianity within the ranks.
There are roughly 22,000 civilian and military personnel on the base. Only 13 complained. It appears the “non-religious” dude is not the only “sensitive” person on the Air Force base.
In the spirit of goodwill, I asked the base spokesman if I could wish him a blessed day.
“I would not be offended by that,” he replied.
So I did. And that was that.
Have a blessed day, America.