Navy Caves to Atheists, Removes Nativity Scene From Bahrain Base

A live Nativity scene planned at the U.S. Navy base in Bahrain was dropped from a holiday program after an atheist group complained that it amounted to command sponsorship of a Christian event and could put servicemembers in the Muslim-majority country at risk.

The live nativity was initially scheduled for Dec. 6 during an annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony hosted by Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The celebration also advertised appearances from “Mr. & Mrs. Claus and Camel,” according to a promotional flyer.

The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers wrote a complaint to the Inspector General responsible for Navy installations, asking that the event be investigated because it promoted “Christianity as the official religion of the base.”

“This violates the Constitution and the mandates of the command to support all belief while privileging none,” the group wrote, according to a post on its website.


The event also could foster misconceptions about the U.S. military’s religious agenda in a Muslim country, the group argued. “This event threatens U.S. security and violates the Constitution as well as command policy,” the group wrote.

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  • vietnamvet1971

    When they come to take my Guns,Bible or keep me out of Church then It will be time to step up and show them a thing or two.

    • Sandra Lee Smith

      Lock and load in that case, my friend; that’s ON the present agenda! Thanks for your service, BTW!

  • Totally angry

    So, as I read this, it is OK to violate the constitutional rights of one group in order to allow the rights of another??????????

  • I GET CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM MOSLEMS. THEY BELIEVE IN THE BLESSED MOTHER. IT IS THE COMMUNISTS WHO PLAY THE NATIVITY CARD. THE ATHEISTS WHO HATE CHRIST AND THE USA.

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/spiritofamericapartybook/2012/12/23/second-amendment-not-for-hunters

    • CSN

      I believe groups like “Freedom from Religion” are Communist Front Groups posing as Atheists.

  • mrbp

    Atheists, commies, socialists, all the same. Its amazing how easy it was to stop this effort to show some Christmas spirit. We did a similar thing in the far east 50 years ago, with carboard figures. No body complained. I think I would have don the scene anyway, and to hell with the IG.

  • nexgenesis

    Sad commentary for the Navy. I thought they were more about war than catering to athiests. Athiest’s do have their holiday, it is April 1st, April Fools Day.

  • DESRON8

    Tell them to go fuck their selfs, I am tired of all these ass hole groups that don’t like or want any thing to do with Christianie can go to hell

  • Teapartyjoe

    IT SEEMS TO ME THAT WE AS CHRISTIANS IN A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY HAVE BEEN VERY TOLERANT WITH ATHEIST AND HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS THAT GO AGAINST OUR VERY CORE BELIEFS AND HAVE HAD TO HAVE OUR PERSONAL BELIEFS ATTACKED TO COMFORT THESE UNGODLY THINGS IN OUR LIFE.. I BELIEVE THAT BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT IS A BUNCH OF HORSE SHIT AND I BELIEVE IN A CAPITALISTIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT, THE MAJORITY IS SUPPOSED TO RULE. THAT IS THE WAY OUR FOREFATHERS SET THINGS UP AND GOD WAS VERY MUCH INVOLVED WITH EVERYTHING WE DID. IT WAS WHEN WE STARTED BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT AND LETTING THE MINORITIES IN THIS COUNTRY RUN THE MAJORITY THAT WE WENT DOWN THE TUBES. DO YOU REALLY THING OUR FATHERS AND GRANDFATHERS, “THE GREATEST GENERATION”, WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THIS UNGODLY BEHAVIOR HAPPEN ON THEIR WATCH. iT IS TIME TO GET BACK TO REALITY. WE ARE A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY PERIOD. WE WERE FOUNDED ON CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND HISTORY SHOWS THAT THE CHRISTIAN SOLDERS OF OUR PAST LED AND MADE THIS COUNTRY THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. AND BECAUSE WE HAVE THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING HERE LEGALLY AND ILLEGALLY TO TRY AND GET A PIECE OF PROMISE LAND (HOLY LAND). BUT IT IS THIS VERY FACT THAT WE HAVE SO MANY ENEMIES. THEY HATE US BECAUSE WE ARE THE LAND OF PLENTY AND WE ARE GODLY AND THE MAJORITY RULES IS WHAT MAKES US THIS WAY. I AM NOT SAYING MINORITIES SHOULD NOT BE HEARD BUT WHEN THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY IS INSULTED AND FORCED TO DO SOMETHING THAT THEY DON’T LIKE OR WANT THEN THE SOCIETY STARTS TO CRUMBLE. THE CITIZENS ACT LIKE THEY ARE ASHAMED OF BEING SUCCESSFUL AND ARE NOW APOLOGIZING TO EVERYBODY FOR BEING GODLY AND FREE. THE POLITICIANS ARE AFRAID OF COMING DOWN ON ILLEGALS AND MINORITIES THAT ARE ACTUALLY DESTROYING THIS NATION BECAUSE THEY MAY LOOSE THEIR GREEDY POSITIONS OR SOME MINORITY MAY RIOT IF THEY DON’T GET THEIR OWN WAY, OR THE U.N. MAY NOT LIKE SOMETHING ABOUT IT, ECT.,ECT., ECT. NOW WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO DOESN’T EVEN QUALIFY TO BE PRESIDENT BY THE U.S. SUPREME COURTS OWN DEFINITION GOING BACK TO THE 1800’S AND YET HERE HE IS BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE HAVE ALLOWED OUR LEADERS TO START RUNNING US INSTEAD OF US RUNNING THEM. LONG STORY SHORT — WE NEED TO GET SOME BALLS CHRISTIANS AND PRAISE GOD AND THEN PASS THE AMMUNITION . WE WILL GO BROKE TRYING TO FIGHT ALL THIS CRAPE IN COURT BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME THESE DAYS JUSTICE IS NOT SERVED AND OUR CONSTITUTION IS THROWN AWAY BY CROOKED POLITICIANS. NO JUSTICE FOR THE MAJORITY, NO RULE OF LAW. NO RULE OF LAW LEADS TO MINORITY HOODLUMS ATTACKING WHITES ON THE WHEN THEY FIND ONE LONE SO THEY THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT. AFTER ALL THEY HAVE A WHITE HATING BLACK MAN RUNNING THE FEDERAL POLICE FORCE SO NO ONE WILL DO ANYTHING TO STOP THEM AND IF THE WHITE GUY HURTS THEM THEN HE IS PICKING ON A POOR MINORITY KID-RIGHT. WAKE UP FELLOW AMERICANS OF ALL COLORS AND GROW A PAIR. THIS PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY BY THE OLD BUT TRUE ADAGE, ” DIVIDE AND CONQUER.

    • ALL AMERICAN

      AMEN Brother !!!
      I stand with you and others UNDER GOD !

  • ALL AMERICAN

    WOW… hard th believe the men in the NAVY who did this are UNICs. Pardon the pun, but sure seems that way.

  • Sandra Lee Smith

    SO they VIOLATE the 1st Amendment right to “free expression” of the beliefs of the Christians on the base because it BOTHERS some atheist group! Let THEM go to another area and express THEIR beliefs according to the Constitution, WITHOUT violating the rights of their fellows!

  • CSN

    As I understand it, this isn’t supposed to happen. No particular religion is to be announced as the religion of the state, but to decry a Nativity is not in that category. Atheists would not exist if there was no God…think that one over you “Freedom from God and Religion Nuts”.

  • crisa

    It is time for the almost 90% of Christians in this nation to have their voices heard of the less than 1% who are trying to shut up the Christians. It is time to start writing letters to Congress about how our rights are being trampled on because less than 1% of the citizens in this nation continue to attack the Christians for no other than the Atheists do not believe in God. How about telling the Atheists to practice what they believe in and leave the Christians alone to believe in what they believe in. This country was founder on Christianity and God is a great part of why we are the greatest nation on earth. The Christians do not attack those who do not believe.

  • Jeffrey

    What does Shariah Law do with Athiest? Who will they complain to? No gays, lesbians, Christians, Jews etc. The Muslim Brotherhood has plans for us all. Obama’s and Trumpka’s friends.

  • Bruce Feher

    What a bunch of feather merchants!

  • All branches of the military serve the government. Look at the Commander in Cheif to place blame for this. Berating the Navy is like saying the Republicans who tried to curb run-away spending caused the nation to go over the fiscal cliff three years ago.

  • GENE

    This is pure crap. The Navy needs to pick leaders with guts and America in their daily workings. I am a 22 year disabled Navy Veteran and this makes me sick to see what kind of whimpy leadership that is now running the Navy. The atheistics, as far as I am concerned, either conform to America’s people or get the hell out of my country and take the loser in the White House with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Geo/USN/Ret

      Gene, right you are. If I was that CO of the base I would have told the atheists to suck it up or I would have explaind the sitution to the rest of the command and said that due to the atheists demand that Dec. 25th will be a normal work day, and if anyone wants to talk about it they should do so with the atheists.

  • Disappointed

    I’m disappointed in the Navy. We Christians have our rights also. Previous writer said it. Athiests have April 1st.

  • Disgusted

    Disgraceful!