Joint Base Lewis-McChord is investigating service member complaints about religious programming broadcast Tuesday, from a mounted television screen at the Stone Education Center, as well as a report that earlier this month Christian religious tracts were distributed in bathroom stalls in the same building.
Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, relayed the concerns of 37 service members about the TV show to Col. Dan Morgan, the garrison commander.
The show, “Through the Bible with Les Feldick,” was on the TV screen Tuesday morning without sound but did include captioning. A photo of the screen was posted on social media.
One service member, in an anonymous email forwarded to the base by the foundation, wrote the broadcast was “one more reminder that as a non-Christian I am less than welcome here …’’
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In an email to Weinstein, Lt. Col. Eric Noble, of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, wrote that the television had been “inadvertently” turned to the broadcast and that it was “inappropriate.”
Noble also wrote that he would look into the placement of the religious tracts in the bathroom stalls.
Weinstein commended JBLM for being responsive to the concerns relayed by the foundation.