This would be comical if it weren’t so ludicrous

Apparently, some troops stationed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp–where prisoners have been routinely held without trial, abused and tortured since 2002–are upset about some nativity scenes displayed in two mess halls, which they say unfairly privilege Christianity over other religions.

By placing these displays in prominent common areas, the impression is that one faith is better than others and that the military institution singularly promotes Christianity.

So said an email written by the 18 Roman Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, agnostic and atheist troops who requested the displays be taken down. The complainants have chosen to remain anonymous for fear of persecution. According to an article on the controversy,

The senders said they put up with a great deal of hardship in their jobs, including having bodily fluids hurled at them by prisoners, and should not be made uncomfortable on their time off.

All of which leads me to wonder if any of the prisoners incarcerated at Gitmo would ever suspect Christianity received pride of place at the institution–and if so, what that says about the form of Christianity they have encountered.

About Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer who has applied his craft to numerous documentaries, feature films and shorts. Recent projects include "The Chicken Manure Incident," "Hellbound?," "Drop Gun," "No Saints for Sinners," "spOILed," "Sex+Money," "With God On Our Side," "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" and "After..." In addition to his work in film, Miller has written, co-written and edited over 45 books. He lives in Kimberley, BC, Canada with his wife and four children.


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