Grant Swank
Muslims front row, Christians to the basement
By Grant Swank
July 17, 2010

Muslim mats available in the hospital chapel.

Torahs available for the Jews.

Christians could not find a Bible in the chapel. However, traditionally Bibles have been there on the back shelf.

"Well, Christians can walk across the hall to the chaplain's office and ask for a Bible." That is what the chaplain's secretary told me when I phoned about this intolerable situation.

Muslims get front row seats. Christians are slid into the basement.

"This is not going to happen," I said. "Christians are demoted while Islamics are treated like royalty. Not. This is going on throughout America but won't keep happening here in Maine."

The hospital is Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

I phoned the religion editor at the Portland Press Herald and told him the discrimination against Christians and the elevating of Muslims at the hospital chapel.

I phone TV Channel Six with the same data.

This is simply more of the one world religion spreading like an oil spill across our Christian-heritage-started country. Christians must protest at every sign of such intrusion.

Later that day I drove to the hospital, walked into the chapel and there were six Bibles of varying translations lying out in plain sight on the back shelf, per traditional usual.

There were several more Bible standing on their ends at the left hand of the shelf.

There was the pulpit Bible on the lectern.

In a silver framed picture frame was a letter from Jesus positioned neatly at the far right hand shelf. Many have read this letter from Jesus for it has become popular as a devotional read.

What had happened is that a friend of mine was admitted this week to the hospital for open heart surgery. He was rushed there and therefore had no time to get his personal Bible.

When in his room, an acquaintance of mine noted that the patient had no Bible. She went to the chapel to pick up a copy for his use in his room. No Bibles! But instead there were Muslim prayer mats and copies of the Torah. However, no Bibles!

So she walked to the front of the chapel, lifted the huge copy from the lectern and exited the chapel. It ended up in the patient's room ó unwieldy copy but nevertheless a Bible. She was determined that the hospital provide the patient with God's Word.

When I learned about this atrocity I made a speedy phone call to the chaplain's office per above conversation. The end result was the hospital put out an all-hospital alarm for the missing chapel pulpit Bible, finally retrieving it. And they returned to the traditional Bible positioning of copies on the back top shelf of the chapel.

Christians, look around you to find out what is happening to bury our nation's Christian heritage. Then protest until corrections are made pronto. If you don't get results, contact the media. They will go to bat for you to expose the intolerable.

© Grant Swank


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Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., is a pastor at New Hope Church in Windham, Maine... (more)

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