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BREAKING: MAJOR MRFF VICTORY FEATURED IN THE BLAZE

Military Group’s
Big Nativity Win:
Guantanamo Bay Commander Orders Removal Of Christmas Displays

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Selected Article Excerpt:

  • Following controversy this week over the presence of two nativities in dining halls at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the outpost’s commander has announced that the Christmas scenes will be moved to the base chapel.

    The decision hands a pointed victory to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a church-state separatist group.

    Capt. J.R. Nettleton told the Miami Herald that no one has ever complained to him about the nativities being present in public cafeterias, noting that the displays have been presented there for the past 10 years without incident.

    In the end, though, after reviewing an anonymous complaint from 18 officers who took their grievances to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Nettleton decided to comply with their demands.

    “The spirit of the Navy’s policy on this is, if it’s religious, it goes to the chapel,” he said. “It’s more appropriate there.”

    Military Religious Freedom Foundation president Mikey Weinstein told TheBlaze on Wednesday that the nativities were unconstitutional inside the public dining areas.

    “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 also said the majority of his clients for this particular complaint are actually Christians.

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Nativity scenes at
Guantanamo spark protest

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The commander of the Guantanamo Bay naval base decided Wednesday to move Nativity scenes from two dining halls following complaints that the decorations improperly promoted Christianity.

    Both Nativity scenes will be moved to the courtyard of the base chapel, said Kelly Wirfel, a spokeswoman for Capt. John Nettleton, commander of the base in southeastern Cuba.

    The displays were set up by foreign contractors who manage the two dining facilities and were "not intended to endorse any religion," Wirfel said in response to concerns raised by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

  • Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the organization received an email from 18 service members who were afraid that any direct appeal to commanders would be ignored and result in retribution.

    "They are terrified. Right now, there is a witch hunt going on to find out who did this," said Weinstein, a former Air Force lawyer who said the troops wanted to remain anonymous.

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Associated Press


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Gitmo CO Orders
Nativity Scenes Moved

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Selected Article Excerpt:

  • GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The commander of this remote outpost said Wednesday night he would move two Nativity scenes from U.S. troops' cafeterias to the base chapel, ending a daylong controversy kicked up by a few troops who protested to the Pentagon in secret.

    "No one's ever complained to me about it. We've been doing it for 10 years," said Capt. J.R. Nettleton, commander of this Navy 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.

    Still, he said, he took a look at the two creches in the dining rooms and concluded the more suitable place to put them was, as recommended, in the base chapel on a hilltop above the McDonald's.

    "The spirit of the Navy's policy on this is, if it's religious, it goes to the chapel," Nettleton told the Miami Herald after a day of controversy. "It's more appropriate there."

    A total of 18 U.S. service members stationed here, five of them officers, appealed to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation after an agonizing, secret meeting earlier this week about what to do about the two creches and other Christmas decorations that festoon the main prison and base dining rooms, the rights group's president, Mikey Weinstein, said Wednesday.

Click to read this article at Military.com


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