Judge paves the way for lawsuit brought by & # 39; dedicated Christian & # 39; ex-air force pilot who demanded the removal of a bible from a prison of war because it & # 39; exclude others & # 39;
- James Chamberlain sues Alfred Montoya of the VA Medical Center
- Said walking the Bible offends him if excluding religion is unchristian
- US Vice President Mike Pence said that VA centers will not be religion-free zones
A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by a US Air Force veteran to remove a Bible displayed on a Prisoner of War monument may continue.
The Bible is located at Manchester VA Hospital in New Hampshire on a memorial monument called the & # 39; Missing Man Table & # 39 ;. The holy book was donated by a German prisoner of war who is now 100 years old.
James Chamberlain, who described himself as a devout Christian, filed a lawsuit in May against director of the VA medical center, Alfred Montoya. He said seeing the Bible on the monument offended him when he went by.
The Bible is located at Manchester VA Hospital in New Hampshire on a memorial monument called the & # 39; Missing Man Table & # 39 ;. James Chamberlain said that seeing the Bible as he walked by insulted him and that it was a violation of the first amendment to the constitution
Alfred Montoya, in the photo, is the man charged with allowing the Bible to be exhibited. Although the judge ruled that the trial could go ahead, veterans showed up to support the Veterans Association, claiming it would be an insult not to show the holy book
He also believes it should be removed because it is a violation of the first amendment.
& # 39; Based on Jim & # 39; s beliefs and his service to our country and his Christianity & # 39 ;, Chamberlain lawyer, Lawrence Vogelman, told Fox News reporters outside the courthouse.
& # 39; He thinks excluding people is just wrong. & # 39;
Speaking of the case, Judge Paul Barbadoro said he wasn't sure if Chamberlain could claim damages because he himself is a Christian.
His lawyer said it was unchristian to exclude other religions.
The removal of the Bible caused a stir among veterans, many of whom demanded that it be restored.
The argument has been furious with US Vice President Mike Pence who claimed that VA hospitals will not be religious-free zones under this government & # 39 ;.
During the hearing yesterday, many veterans showed up to support the place of the Bible at the memorial, saying that it was in fact something that soldiers were holding on to during the war.
US Vice President Mike Pence claimed that VA hospitals will not be religious-free zones under this government & # 39;
One of the men outside the courthouse, Quinn Morey of the northeast POW / MIA network, told reporters that it would be an insult to the prisoners' reminders not to show the Bible.
& # 39; The Bible has brought the prisoners of war through their terrible imprisonment, & # 39; said Morey. & # 39; It would be an insult to them if it were not represented at the table of the missing man. & # 39;
Both parties will meet in the coming months to decide on steps forward.
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