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Chris Rodda: Protect Youngsters from Public Religious Displays

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 06:11 PM

Youngsters need to be protected from religious displays on public property, says Chris Rodda, senior research director at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

"[I have] absolutely no problem with putting nativity scenes outside chapels, in appropriate places that are places where religious stuff should be found," Rodda told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Consider non-Christian parents of non-Christian children. We had somebody comment … that all they wanted to do was take their kid for a walk in that park and they're bombarded with questions from the kid – well, everybody else celebrates Christmas, why don't we celebrate Christmas?"

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation recently succeeded in getting a nativity scene booted from an Air Force base.

She says that in another case involving a military installation, youngsters were actually shedding tears over the issue.

"The grandfather of two young twin kids at an Army base ... he was helping the family watch the kids … [who] attend a public school on the Army base.

"The kids were crying, upset because they were going to be having this Christmas party at their public school that was promoted through the public school and the kids didn't know why they couldn't attend this Christmas party.

"Yeah, they had a little disclaimer at the bottom of the flyers: this is not officially endorsed by the command. Does that make a difference to an 8- or 9-year old kid? No."

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