Silverman said a Christian chapel on an Army
base in Afghanistan could have put American troops in danger.
“It enflames 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.
The Army released a statement to NBC acknowledging board had also been placed
over the cross-shaped windows while the base ordered new doors.
“The local command in Afghanistan
is aware of this chapel and has taken appropriate action to ensure that it is changed into a neutral facility,” said
a statement from an Army spokesman at the Pentagon to the NBC.
The base reportedly sent out a
memo to soldiers explaining that the crosses had to be removed to bring the chapel into compliance with military rules.