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Air Force base will keep its nativity scene

Travis Air Force Base in California has decided it will not ban a nativity scene and menorah from a showcase of 24 Christmas displays along one of the base’s main thoroughfares — in spite of threats from the atheist Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

That group insisted that only displays of Santa Claus, reindeer and snowmen be allowed. The 24 Christmas displays are each sponsored by a different squadron or base organization. The nativity is sponsored by the base’s chaplain.

Nativity, menorah are among 24 Christmas displays at Travis AFB

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“While we appreciate the concerns raised,” said a statement from the base commander, “the Office of the Air Force Judge Advocate General, upon review, concluded the inclusion of a Wing Chaplain-sponsored nativity scene and menorah as part of a broader, secular holiday seasonal display does not violate the establishment clause of the United States Constitution.”

The atheists said they would sue unless officials censored the roadside displays — allowing only those with no religious content. The complaint was prompted by the base’s reluctance to include a sarcastic display praising the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” sponsored by an atheist staff sergeant. Atheists from time to time show their contempt for people of faith by claiming to be “Pastafarians” who venerate the creature by wearing noodle strainers on their heads.

The seasonal displays have been a tradition at Travis for the past 17 years without complaint until this year when the atheists demanded the Flying Spaghetti Monster be included.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Steven

    Not sure this is accurate…see, the Staff Sergeant never requested a place to display his sign…he went straight to the MRFF without even voicing his request. Further, the flying spaghetti monster display is now up…mocking every belief out there. They had a great opportunity to be recognized and they turned it into a mockery. Sad, really. Great job staff sergeant…17 years without a complaint, you come along…complain, then mock everyone with your display. Isn’t that against military policies…to mock others?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JOSEPH

    GIVE THANKS TO GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!

    PRAY FOR THE JUDGE WHO DID NOT CAVE INTO ATHEIST THREATS.

    TELL OUR ATHEIST AND ANTI-CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT ALL IS FORGIVEN AND JOIN IN THE FUN WITH US!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joe

    Why would an atheist celebrate Christmas if he has no faith in Jesus Christ? Makes no sense at all either to be celebrating something we know nothing about. Makes no sense to be even celebrating just because, or it is a tradition: a tradition of just because. Come on! What a world we live in!

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