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A US Air Force veteran filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to remove a Bible on display at a memorial at New Hampshire's veterans hospital because it is a violation of the First Amendment.
The Bible was carried by a prisoner of war in World War II and became part of the Missing Man Table honoring missing veterans and POWs at the entrance way of the Manchester VA Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday the table was sponsored by a veterans group called the Northeast POW/MIA Network.
The lawsuit filed in Concord, New Hampshire, by James Chamberlain against the center's director, Alfred Montoya, said the Bible's inclusion is in violation of the Constitution.
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The First Amendment stipulates 'that the government may not establish any religion. Nor can the government give favoritism to one religious belief at the expense of others,' according to the suit.
Chamberlain, a devout Christian, said in the lawsuit the table should be a memorial to all who have served, regardless of their beliefs. The suit said the original POW/MIA table tradition was started by a group of Vietnam combat pilots and didn't include a Bible as one of the items.
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The medical center initially removed the Bible in January after another group, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, objected, saying it got complaints from 14 patients who felt it...
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