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There’s a nativity debate unfolding at Guantanamo Bay after U.S. servicemen reportedly complained about two creches in dining spaces.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation says it received an email from 18 active-duty service members who are opposed to the presence of these Christian scenes, the Navy Times reported. The organization is appealing to the Pentagon to immediately remove the displays.
The nativities are in common dining areas, with the complaining officers writing in their email to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation that the creches give “the impression is that one faith is better than others, and that the military institution singularly promotes Christianity.”
“MRFF is demanding that the wholly unconstitutional nativity scenes and other sectarian messages be taken down immediately from the Gold Hill and Seaside gallies at GTMO,” Military Religious Freedom Foundation President Mikey Weinstein said in an email to the Pentagon.
Weinstein told TheBlaze Wednesday that the Pentagon has not responded to his group’s inquiries. He pledged that his organization will continue to demand that the two nativities be taken down immediately and placed at a more appropriate location.
“The law is clear. Either you include all religious faiths or you do not,” he said. “These nativity scenes are completely appropriate over at the chapel. They are completely … egregiously unconstitutional where they currently reside.”
Weinstein said the majority of his clients are actually Christians.
“For the record, 11 of our 18 clients are practicing Protestants and Roman Catholics,” he said. The rest are Jewish, Muslim, atheist and agnostic.
Weinstein added, “Our clients have told us that there appears to be a witch hunt going on to find out who the 18 clients are.”