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Apr 29, 2010 8:00 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Anti-religion group targets Fort Carson

"For God and humanity" - should Fort Carson remove this motto?

The motto on the emblem of Evans Army Hospital at Fort Carson reads:  "Pro deo et humanitate" or "For God and humanity." The emblem also depicts a cross.

An anti-religious group calling itself The Military Religious Freedom Foundation says that violates the separation of church and state and wants the motto removed.

Lt. Col. Steve Wollman says commanders will review the complaint. Wollman says the cross, which has a pointed base, is both an emblem of mercy and a symbol dating to the Middle Ages, when pilgrims carried a cross with a spiked base to mark the site of a camp.

Wollman says references to doctors serving God and humanity date to the time of Hippocrates, a pre-Christian Greek physician.

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