Religious Freedom

To Whom it May Concern:

I just saw the story about the Nativity Scene being directed to be taken
down on Shaw Air Force Base. The base chapel is a place for personnel to
exercise their religious freedom and for the longest time the chapel was a
place for Christians and Jewish personnel to go and worship Christ and God.
I have rubbed elbows with Jewish people and Muslims alike, in their own
countries. Neither of which have any disapproval of Christ or Christians,
they welcome them Christians, show them friendship, and are not bothered by
Christian customs. Why are the satan worshippers or people who choose not
to have a religion allowed to infringe on our religious freedoms of
Christians and worshippers of God? The nativity scene was placed by
personnel who work at Shaw Air Force Base, not placed there by the
government, so now you have infringed on their religious freedom. It people
like yourselves that cause us not to all get along. Were these people
trying to shove this down someone’s throat, no they were expressing their
religious freedom.
Give it a break already.


(name withheld)

Dear (name withheld),

Perhaps you have been reading the wrong news sources. We actually are in agreeance and perhaps on the same side of this religious freedom debate. We merely asked for the nativity scene to be removed from the Memorial Lake and placed at the chapel where it would be appropriate. We never asked for it to be removed entirely. So long as the Air Force allows other viewpoints there is nothing that we view wrong with this.

We support all faiths or lack thereof, and their right to free expression. The government however does not possess such a right. They are required to remain neutral. Thus we told them to move the nativity scene to the chapel where it would be Constitutionally compliant.

And to be clear the base officials told us they had no knowledge of who placed the nativity scene aboard the base, only that it was a volunteer organization. They have the right to worship – at a chapel – and we wholeheartedly support that.

All the best to you!

Very Respectfully,
Paul Loebe
Special Projects Manager
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Chicago, IL

*Disclaimer: Although I am a Marine Sergeant my views do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense, U.S. Marine Corps, or any affiliated branches.*

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