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Air Force defends Nativity

By: Neil Middleton
By: Neil Middleton

Travis Air Force Base in California will not remove or relocate a Nativity scene and Menorah despite legal threats from The Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Travis Air Force Base in California will not remove or relocate a Nativity scene and Menorah despite legal threats from The Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

 

Last week MRFF, a national group that promotes religious freedom in the military, wrote a letter to the base commander stating the two displays were a “clear endorsement of religion” and a “violation of the First Amendment.”

 

The Nativity and Menorah are two of 24 holiday displays on the base. Each display is sponsored by a different squadron or base organization. Other displays include images of Santa Claus, Christmas trees and airplanes.

 

Officials with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation say a Travis airman filed a complaint. The organization says it has also heard from other service men and women who were too scared to talk to Air Force officials about their concerns.

 

A base spokesman says this is the first complaint since the display was stared 17 years ago.

 

 

The Air Force decided the displays were “part of a broader, secular holiday display,” and did not violate the First Amendment. 

 

Click here to watch KCRA’s Travis Air Force Base Nativity Scene Controversy

 

Click here to watch KCRA’s Military Chooses Not To Remove Holiday Display

 

 

Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council called it “yet another flyby-attack on Christianity.”

 

Perkins sent this message to supporters in an email blast.

 

O, Holy Fight

 

If you think the malls are busy this time of year, you should see the attorneys! In December, there seems to be a lawyer on every corner, policing the rights of citizens to put their faith on display. From mangers to Christmas trees, complaints from the politically correct crowd continue to pour in. Last week, the Grinches at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation struck again--this time in California's Travis Air Force Base. Retaining one of the most respected law firms in the country, they fired off a letter to Colonel Dwight Sones, objecting to the base's nativity. "This conspicuous display of ritual objects," they write, referring to the manger and menorah, "is a clear endorsement of religion in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and must either be removed from the premises o r moved to a more appropriate location on the Air Force Base to ensure compliance with the United States Constitution."

 

Obviously, this is another flyby attack on Christianity from people who object to Christmas's first six letters. According to Pew Research Center, 78 percent of Americans identify as Christians. Surely they have a right to express that faith, as Presidents throughout history have done. On Christmas Eve in 1944, after our troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, President Franklin Roosevelt broadcast this message to the loved ones left behind: " The Christmas spirit lives tonight in the bitter cold of the front lines in Europe and in the heat of the jungles and swamps of Burma and the Pacific islands. Even the roar of our bombers and fighters in the air and the guns of our ships at sea will not drown out the messages of Christmas which come to the hearts of our fighting men... Here, at home, we will celebrate this Christmas Day in our traditional American way--because of its deep spiritual meaning t o us; because the teachings of Christ are fundamental in our lives; and because we want our youngest generation to grow up knowing the significance of this tradition and the story of the coming of the immortal Prince of Peace and Good Will..."

 

The spirit of Christmas, Roosevelt said, is peace. Why, seventy years later, are so many secularists unable to exercise it? Ninety-five percent of this nation celebrates Christmas. All they ask is the freedom to honor 2,000 years of religious tradition. No one at Travis Air Force Base is forced to stand in front of the nativity and salute it, but people in America should have the right to celebrate the season and what it means. Our troops are too busy fighting terrorists to have to fight their own government for basic liberties. It's time to stop the bombardment of our religious freedom by this tiny minority. Sign our Christmas petition today and help Congress support nativities like Travis Air Force Base's!

 

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In my last post, Post Office Stamps Out Christmas, I told you about Congressman Doug Lamborn’s resolution to protect Christmas.  Here’s the information in case you missed it.

 

Click here to read House Resolution 489

 

Click here to sign FRC’s petition in support of the Christmas Resolution

 

  

 

 

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

 

 

 

 

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

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