- - Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is hailing the Pentagon for removing a Nativity scene at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., after critics deemed the display “offensive” (“Air Force base in South Carolina boots Nativity scene,” Web, Dec. 11). According to The Washington Times, the group’s founder, Mikey Weinstein, boasted that the operation took barely more than two hours.

Despite the “touted success” of the group in having booted the Nativity scene from the military base, the decision does not sit well with the vast majority of officers and enlisted men. As one posted recently on TheBlaze.com, “Why bother acknowledging Christmas at all? No days off, no holiday leaves or schedules … all civilian employees report to work like any other day.”

For most military personnel at Shaw and around the world, Christmas will be observed — with or without the familiar Nativity scene. The story of Jesus’ birth will be heard once again this Yuletide: “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

BRIAN STUCKEY
Denver