There is no room for the “Baby Jesus” at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
According to Fox News’ Todd Starnes, a undisclosed number of airmen complained about a Nativity scene set up on the base, calling the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
The advocacy group is “an organization who relishes any opportunity to eradicate Christianity from the U.S. military,” Starnes offered.
The traditional Nativity included plastic statues of the Baby Jesus, along with Mary, Joseph and an assortment of animals.
“It was very sectarian in nature and a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution as well as a blatant violation of Air Force Instruction 1-1, Section 2.11,” Paul Loebe wrote in a statement for the foundation.
Starnes said Loebe alerted Mikey Weinstein, president of Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Weinstein was appointed as a Pentagon consultant to develop new policies on religious tolerance.
“That led to an immediate investigation and more than two hours later, the Nativity had been removed,” Starnes reported.
Weinstein once wrote of Christians in The Huffington Post:
Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.
To give an indication of how much influence Weinstein has, the anti-Christian extremist called the Pentagon back in May and gave them one hour to have a piece of artwork removed from a dining hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho because it included the message of Matthew 5:9 — “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
The Air Force complied.
As for removing the Nativity, Hiram Sasser, the director of litigation for Liberty Institute, told Starnes the military’s actions were unconstitutional.
“This was private speech,” Sasser said. “The military can say no displays on a base but it cannot allow a display and then ban it simply because of its religious viewpoint.”
The public affairs office at Shaw AFB did not return three telephone calls and an email from Starnes seeking comment.