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T-shirt with burqa-clad Statue of Liberty pulled from mall kiosk
by Kevin Lilley
A T-shirt featuring the Statue of Liberty clad in a black burqa, torch raised in front of a crescent moon, with the words "Don't let this happen America" was pulled from the shelves of a kiosk located in the mall area of the Fort Carson, Colorado, post exchange Monday after a complaint was lodged with exchange officials.
The shirt, which went on sale Sunday, violated exchange rules regarding the sale of "religious or political material," Army and Air Force Exchange Service spokesman Chris Ward said. A customer notified an exchange manager Monday, and the item was removed hours later.
The customer was a client of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that claims 43,000 clients who are or were service members, including 224 at Fort Carson, according to group founder and president Mikey Weinstein. Weinstein has demanded an apology from all involved as well as an Army Inspector General investigation into the matter.
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