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The Space Force has an official Bible and people are pissed

Editor’s Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The U.S. Space Force has designated its own King James Bible for swearing-in ceremonies.

On Sunday, religious leaders at the Washington National Cathedral blessed the Bible for the Space Force, which was established as the sixth branch of the U.S. military in December.


“Today @WNCathedral blessed the official Bible for the new @SpaceForceDoD, which will be used to swear in all commanders of America’s newest military branch,” according to a Twitter post from the church.

The Right Rev. Carl Wright, the Episcopal Church’s bishop suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, offered the blessing as Maj. Gen. Steven Schaick, Air Force chief of chaplains, held the Bible, according to The Washington Post.

It was not immediately clear whether the Bible will be used to swear in every commander who falls under the Space Force, or just its top leaders, such as Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, the first chief of Space Operations. Raymond, who also leads U.S. Space Command, will report to the secretary of the Air Force and sit as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Some users and veterans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the move, saying that religious texts aren’t typically used when officers take an oath of office, though leaders can opt to do so. Others maintained that, by using the Bible, the Space Force will ostracize …read more

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