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Friday, December 14, 2012

Navy Cancels Nativity Scene at Base in Bahrain

From a report by Cristina Silva of Stars and Stripes we learn that a live Nativity scene planned at the U.S. Navy base in Bahrain was dropped from a holiday program after an atheist group complained that it amounted to command sponsorship of a Christian event and could put servicemembers in the Muslim-majority country at risk.

Cowboys and Tea Parties comment: Here we go again, letting a small minority of whining, butt clowns dicate on how we can worship and continue the myth of "separation of Church and State". Overwhelmingly proved through a pethora of writings, the Founder's intended that the State, meaning the federal Government and the individual States, could not dicate a specific religion. After all this Country was founded by people initially seeking the right to worship as they saw fit.

The live nativity was initially scheduled for Dec. 6 during an annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony hosted by Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The celebration also advertised appearances from “Mr. & Mrs. Claus and Camel,” according to a promotional flyer.

The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers wrote a complaint to the Inspector General responsible for Navy installations, asking that the event be investigated because it promoted “Christianity as the official religion of the base.”

“This violates the Constitution and the mandates of the command to support all belief while privileging none,” the group wrote, according to a post on its website.

The event also could foster misconceptions about the U.S. military’s religious agenda in a Muslim country, the group argued.

Cowboys and Tea Parties comment: As far as any problems Muslim countries may have with our religious practices, I would have to go a little John Wayne on them and say "We respect all religions. We protect all people and right to worship as they see fit. We have expended much blood and treasure to do so. We also demand that our right to worship is respected as well. If this cannot be, then we will severe ties with you including the protection of our military and the vast financial aid you receive from the People of the United States."

Then the butt clown atheists continue: “This event threatens U.S. security and violates the Constitution as well as command policy,” the group wrote.

According to the group’s web posting, the inspector general responded that: “Upon further review, the CRP (Command Religious Program) will be removing the Living Nativity Program from the general base secular holiday festivities and co-locating it more appropriately with some of our other private religious and faith-based observances at the chapel at a separate time.”

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