War on Christmas comes to the Navy

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A coalition of military chaplain endorsers is calling the Navy to task for bowing to pressure from a radical atheist group and removing a nativity scene from a military facility in Bahrain.

For several years, military personnel at the Navy Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain have chosen to celebrate the Christmas season with a tree-lighting ceremony and a "live nativity" scene. They also announce the arrival of Santa Claus, sing Christmas carols and enjoy refreshments.

But this year, thanks to a complaint from the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, the Navy leadership has ordered that the nativity scene be removed.


"When is the majority going to rise up and say Enough is enough," wonders Brig. Gen. Douglas Lee, a retired Army chaplain and a founding member of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

"And even in the military, it's disturbing to me that people just don't seem to have enough backbone to stand up to these kinds of things and say You're welcome to have your own display -- whatever you like. But we're going to keep this one because it's part of how we celebrate," Lee continues.

His organization hopes concerned members of Congress and the American people will contact the Navy's leadership.

"We keep Congress alert to these things, and we trust … the political process especially, and [that] people will be praying about this, and thinking about this and writing about this," the retired chaplain offers.

"So we hope to be among those groups that stimulate a discussion and also stimulate a response, and maybe the majority will rise up here."

Lee considers this another example of the military yielding to people who promote freedom from religion while squelching the free exercise of religion guaranteed in the Constitution.

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