It appears the United States Air Force has had a change of heart about banning the use of the phrase: "Have a blessed day."
The controversy originated at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia when a visiting member of the military objected to a guard at the gate telling people as they were cleared for entry to "have a blessed day." That individual took his complaint directly to Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an atheist group, which then notified the base. Base leaders then told the gate guard to cease his greeting.
The American Family Association and others brought the matter to the public's attention on Thursday.
Reports say the U.S. Air Force has now lifted the ban. Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty told Fox News this morning the USAF has issued a statement that says: "Upon further review and consultation, the Air Force determined use of the phrase 'Have a blessed day' as a greeting is consistent with Air Force standards and is not in violation of Air Force Instructions."
Crews spoke with OneNewsNow Friday morning: "I got a call from someone in the Pentagon to let me know that the Air Force reversed that decision and that they have instructed their gate guards that it is perfectly okay to say 'Have a blessed day' [and that] there's nothing wrong with that. I'm so grateful that wiser heads prevailed to allow free speech for gate guards at Warner Robins Air Force Base."