Union Leader. An Air Force veteran from the greater Manchester area has added her name as a plaintiff to a federal lawsuit that seeks the removal of a Bible from a display honoring POWs at the Manchester VA Medical Center.
Sandra Bell is identified as an atheist in an amended complaint filed Friday by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which is suing the VA to remove the Bible. It states that Bell is a patient of the Manchester medical center and that “she is forced to have unwelcome direct contact with the Bible each time she enters or leaves” that facility.
Mikey Weinstein from the MRFF said Bell was a signals intelligence analyst in the Air Force from 1996 to 2000. She was not one of the original 14 veterans mentioned in the federal lawsuit, but she and two others have since joined the cause, he said.
Nine of the current 17 MRFF clients are Christians, Weinstein said. But they all share a conviction that the Bible should not be part of such a display at a government facility.
“This is not a Christian nation,” he said. “We’re a secular nation.”
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