Air Force Removes Nativity Scene After Group Complains

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Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 01:28 PM

By Melanie Batley

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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."

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