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A church-state separation group touting its access to Defense Department officials is taking credit for the removal of a painting from an Idaho Air Force base on Friday that featured a Bible verse within an hour of making the demand.

The organization, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has called for the court martial of military personnel for “proselytizing,” having met with Pentagon officials in the past. The group is citing this victory in Idaho as proof of its influence over the U.S. military.

The painting in the Wagon Wheel dining hall at the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho showed a modern-day police officer standing in front of a medieval knight holding a flag that morphs from a medieval coat of arms into the flag of the United States of America.

The word “Integrity” is stenciled over the image, and the verse referenced is Matthew 5:9, which says, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”

Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, called the Pentagon, demanding the painting’s removal, according to a posting from the organization on Huffington Post that was headlined, “The Pentagon Most Certainly is Listening to Mikey Weinstein.”

“Mikey gave the Air Force an hour to take action,” the Huffington Post piece by Chris Rodda, senior research director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and author of the book “Liars for Jesus,” said Friday.

“By the time Mike talked to the Wing Commander at the base a few minutes later, the Wing Commander had already been contacted by the Pentagon. Fifty-six minutes after his call to the Pentagon, the image of the crusader, with its odious melding of the crusader flag with the American flag, had been removed from the dining hall,” it said.

Though Weinstein’s group is claiming an instant response from the Pentagon, Congress is still waiting for a response from the Defense Department after writing a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressing concerns about free religious expression. So far, only a letter acknowledging the letter’s receipt and advising of a forthcoming response has been issued.

The Pentagon public affairs office referred calls to the Mountain Home Air Force Base.

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