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Statement Regarding Vice President Pence’s Remarks at The American Legion Conference Concerning POW/MIA Displays

August 29, 2019

Press Statement
For Immediate Release: 8.29.19
Contact: Lacey McNiel,
Direct: 972-941-4453

Statement from First Liberty Institute Regarding Vice President Pence’s Remarks at The American Legion Convention Concerning POW/MIA Remembrance Displays

Washington, DC– The following statement may be attributed to Mike Berry, Chief of Staff for First Liberty Institute:

“We are grateful to Vice President Pence and the entire administration for their steadfast defense of religious liberty and America’s veterans.  Anti-religious hostility has no place in the VA, yet we continue to see activists roaming the country seeking to purge any and all religious symbols.  Removing a Bible donated by a WWII POW for display at a VA hospital would be a cruel insult and dishonors our veterans.  First Liberty will fight to make sure the Bible stays.

In May, First Liberty Institute sent a letter to the VA urging a policy clarification after an individual supported by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed a lawsuit challenging a POW/MIA remembrance display at the Manchester VA Medical Center that includes a Bible.  First Liberty’s client, the Northeast POW/MIA Network, is the organization responsible for creating and maintaining that POW/MIA remembrance display.

Earlier this month First Liberty Institute announced that it is seeking to intervene on behalf of the Northeast POW/MIA Network in defense of its POW/MIA Remembrance Table at the Manchester (NH) Veterans Affairs Medical Center.


About First Liberty Institute

First Liberty Institute is a non-profit public interest law firm and the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans.

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