I don’t remember this happening under President Bush.
Fox News reports:
The U.S. military ordered soldiers to remove a cross and a steeple from atop a chapel and to board up cross-shaped windows at a remote American forward operating base in Afghanistan.
The removal of Christian symbols from the chapel at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E came after a solider complained — leading American Atheists president David Silverman to send a letter to the Pentagon.
Courtesy of American Atheist
“Soldiers with minority religious beliefs and atheists often feel like second-class citizens when Christianity is seemingly officially endorsed by their own base,” Silverman told Fox News. “We are very happy the Pentagon and the Army decided to do the right thing.”
Silverman said a Christian chapel on an Army base in Afghanistan could have put American troops in danger.
“It inflames this Muslim versus Christian mentality,” he said. “This is not a Muslim versus Christian war — but if the Army base has a large chapel on it that has been converted to Christian-only, it sends a message that could be interpreted as hostile to Islam.
An Army spokesman at the Pentagon told Fox News that “local command in Afghanistan is aware of this chapel and has taken appropriate action to ensure that it is changed into a neutral facility.”
The Army spokesman confirmed doors to the chapel were boarded up because of the cross-shaped windows.
How sad. Whatever happened to freedom of religion? It seems to be the one Obama wants to uproot the most.