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Few concerned about being told "have a blessed day"
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UPDATE: Robins Air Force Base officials reversed themselves late Thursday, saying it's OK for gate guards to greet people with "Have a blessed day."

That came several hours after a base spokesman said they had banned the phrase because they believed it violated Air Force regulations against endorsement of religion. Dozens of people criticized the ban, online and in person, after 13WMAZ reported on it earlier Thursday.

Robins released this statement at 6:17 p.m. Thursday:

"We are a professional organization defended by a professional force. Our defenders portray a professional image that represents a base all of Middle Georgia can be proud of. Defenders have been asked to use the standard phrase 'Welcome to Team Robins' in their greeting and can add various follow-on greetings as long as they remain courteous and professional.

"The Air Force takes any expressed concern over religious freedom very seriously. 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."

The base referred further question to the Air Force public affairs desk, which did not return our phone calls.

Faye Banks-Anderson of the base's public-affairs office said the statement means Robins gate guards are free to use "Have a blessed day" if they choose.

She said the statement comes from "Air Force officials," up the chain of command from Robins, but she declined to identify them.

Banks-Anderson declined to comment further on the earlier ban or why Air Force officials reversed it.

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ID=70223516While many people aren't concerned about being told to "have a blessed day," they will not be hearing it from guards at the gates at Robins Air Force Base.

After a complaint, guards were told by base officials to stop using the phrase or any "religious" greetings.

13WMAZ went out to Warner Robins to see how residents feel about the phrase and nearly everyone didn't mind when they're told to "have a blessed day. "We posted the story on our Facebook page and it quickly went viral with most of the more than 1,300 commentators upset that base employees were told to stop using the phrase.

After our story, someone created a Facebook page called "Blessed Day at Robins AFB that had nearly 800 'likes' hours after it launched.


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