Controversy has erupted at Shaw Air Force base located in Sumter, SC over the removal of a nativity scene. A group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, called the base stating that this scene was in direct violation of the “Department of Defense Directives, Instructions, and Regulations, the United States Constitution, and Air Force Instruction 1-1, specifically, section 2.11.”
American Atheists Military Director Paul Loebe writes:
“To the Air Force’s credit it agreed with MRFF’s arguments to remove the nativity scene swiftly and apparently found this scene to be as much a violation of all the pertinent regulations and the United States Constitution as MRFF did. Within 2 hours and 15 minutes of initially being contacted by MRFF, the nativity scene had been promptly removed. MRFF wants to congratulate the Air Force on acting so swiftly to reverse this egregious violation and hopes that in the future they will ensure that no such violations continue to occur.”
Fox News contributor Sarah Palin told Todd Starnes, “What happened at Shaw Air Force base is not surprising.”
“The War on Christmas is just the top of the spear in a larger battle to marginalize expressions of faith and make true religious freedom a thing of the past,” said Palin.
Activists across the state are now planning to protest the base’s decision on December 15.
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