Air Force Removes Nativity Scene After Group Complains

Image: Air Force Removes Nativity Scene After Group Complains

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 01:28 PM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina has removed a Nativity scene after a religious freedom group complained that it was unconstitutional.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation made a complaint to the Pentagon about the display and within hours the scene was being removed, according to the group.

"It was very sectarian in nature and a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution as well as a blatant violation of Air Force Instruction 1-1, section 2.11," said Paul Loebe, MRFF's special projects manager, who praised the Air Force for "acting so swiftly to reverse this egregious violation."

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told Fox News, "We see stories like this every day and yet left-wing pundits still claim that the so-called 'War on Christmas' is a figment of the imagination. The War on Christmas is just the top of the spear in a large battle to marginalize expressions of faith and make true religious freedom a thing of the past."

"Never let these Scrooges strip away the true meaning of Christmas," she added.

An expert on religious liberties said that it was the military's removal of the display — not its erection — that was the constitutional transgression.

"This was private speech," Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute, told Fox News. "The military can say no displays on a base but it cannot allow a display and then ban it simply because of its religious viewpoint."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Prosecutor: Friend of Accused Boston Bomber Lied Repeatedly

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 11:04 AM

A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect lied repeatedly to investigators before eventually confessing about his  . . .

Gallup: Ebola Worries Americans, But Behind Economy, Jobs

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 10:57 AM

A new poll on Tuesday showed Ebola has moved into the top 10 issues of concern to Americans but ranks behind the economy . . .

AFL-CIO's Trumpka: Dems to Win Tight Races

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 10:03 AM

Democrats will prevail against GOP candidates in several hotly contested races across the country in the midterm electio . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved