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Mikey Weinstein is back.

The notable head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation — a group with a claim to fame of halting displays of Christian symbols at military bases around the nation, especially those tied to the Air Force — has now complained about a nativity scene at Guantanamo Bay.


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The Associated Press reported he raised the red flag on the seasonal displays that were in dining facilities at the Cuba-based facility after hearing complaints from 18 troops stationed there. Mr. Weinstein says the Christmas decorations have to come down, AP reported.

Why?

Because they promote Christianity over other religions or faiths — and that’s a violation of the Constitution, he said. The troops who complained include those of Protestant, Catholic, Muslim and Jewish faiths, but want to maintain their anonymity, Mr. Weinstein said, in the AP report.

The 18 troops were reportedly told that if they were offended at the display, they could choose to eat at one of the bases’ private restaurants, Mr. Weinstein said, AP reported.

A spokeswoman for the base, Kelly Wirfel, said she’s meeting with the base commander to discuss the complaint.

Mr. Weinstein, who previously served with the Air Force, has said on numerous occasions that he’s not against religion or Christianity, but simply wants to secure the religious freedom rights for all military members, of all faiths.

 

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