The Air Force has ruled an officer broke no rules by keeping his Bible on his desk after receiving a complaint last week about the presence of the holy book.
The Scriptures had been removed from the workstation of Maj. Steve Lewis of the 310th Space Wing, following a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), alleging the presence of the book violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause.
But an investigation into the incident found “no abuse of liberties has occurred,” said Lt. Col. David Fruck, chief of public affairs at the 310th Space Wing.
Mr. Fruck said keeping a Bible on one’s desk is “well within the provisions” of Air Force regulations regarding religious expression.
“Therefore, Maj. Lewis is allowed to have his Bible on his desk if he wishes,” Mr. Fruck said in a statement.
Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the MRFF, responded by sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense’s inspector general demanding “remedial action” in connection with the investigation.
In the letter sent Wednesday, Mr. Weinstein called the investigation into the incident a “charade.”
He insisted the inspector general “take immediate control of the situation and perform a true investigation, both into Maj. Lewis’s actions and into the sham investigation” conducted by the 310th Space Wing.
The ruling comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces upheld a bad-conduct court-martial of a Marine who had Bible verses displayed at her workstation.
The MRFF cited that decision in its initial complaint letter to the 310th Space Wing.