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Soldiers at a military base in Mississippi were allegedly told not to use the word “Christmas” because it is “offensive.”

Base leaders came together a few weeks ago to plan a holiday football tournament. During the meeting, an officer said that the base could not use the term “Christmas” because it is offensive to those who do not celebrate the holiday. The officer said soldiers should be instructed to use the term “holiday” instead.

One soldier spoke out on the incident. He said, “Our equal opportunity representative stopped the briefing and told us that we can’t say Christmas. Almost the entire room blew up. Everybody was frustrated.”

As reported by The Blaze:

The unnamed Equal Opportunity officer reportedly explained that individuals in the Army are free to say “Christmas,” but that organizations within the ranks need to refrain from doing so.

Public Affairs Chief for the 1st Army Division East Amanda Glenn told Starnes there is no official policy banning the word “Christmas.” While she corroborated that there was a conversation about the football tournament, she said the Equal Opportunity adviser simply said that it would be better to call it a “holiday” event.

“There is no policy at the 158th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East or First Army that forbids using the word ‘Christmas’,” Glenn said.

But while Glenn claimed that the “holiday” mention was merely a suggestion, the soldier who complained to Starnes said it was a mandate — and evidence that the military is attempting to curtail the Christian faith in the ranks.

The soldier who spoke out is being represented by lawyer Michael Berry of the Liberty Institute. Berry said, “Are they going to have the ‘Merry Christmas’ police going around issuing citations to an soldier who slips and says the word? They’re treating Christmas like it’s pornography. As a matter of fact, the Army actually treats pornography better than it does Christmas.”

The soldier was incredibly disturbed by what he heard. He said, “Between the Air Force and the Army — it’s like they don’t like Christian values, they don’t like the word Christ or Christmas. They don’t like you talking about it.”

It is unclear what steps will be taken to to assure the word “Christmas” is not banned on military bases. What are your thoughts on this situation? Tell us in the comments section below.  

BY THE SHARK TANK

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