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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba – A pair of Nativity Scenes, one in the dining room for prison camp guards, are apparently causing a bit of a stir among a few troops at this remote outpost.
The Albuquerque, N.M., Military Religious Freedom Foundation told the Navy Times newspaper that unidentified service members stationed here want two Nativity scenes moved from the base dining rooms, called galleys, to the Guantánamo base chapel.
There was no immediate reaction to the article on Wednesday morning from spokesmen for the prison or the base, which has a school, a golf course and about 6,000 residents, a third of them civilian contract workers from Jamaica and the Philippines.
The rights organization led by Mikey Weinstein published a letter from the protesters on itswebsite Wednesday. It said it was signed by 18 active-duty service members who were being afforded anonymity.
“Our local military family encompasses many faiths and beliefs to include Muslim, Jewish, Wiccan, Buddhist, Agnostic and other denominations,” the letter seeking the foundation’s assistance said.