The American military has a rich tradition of incorporating prayer and the direction of God for spiritual strength. Military chaplains are as a part of the military as the soldiers themselves.
However there has been a disquieting move recently that smacks of religious intolerance and can even qualify as persecution. Recently the Pentagon announce a policy that any soldier proselytizing their faith will be court-marshaled.
One catalyst for this recent move appears to be the work of Michael Weinstein who heads up an organization purposefully misnamed as the “Military Religious Freedom Foundation”. Sounds like a noble cause to advance the free expression of religion doesn’t it? Don’t be deceived by this fake title.http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/06/religious-freedom-not-served-by-bigot-consulting-for-pentagon/
Weinstein has a flaming hatred of Christian evangelicals and has been successful in peddling his poison to people that are listening at the Pentagon, perhaps the Air Force more specifically. Here is an example of the “tolerance” Weinstein shared in the Huffington Post:
He called evangelical Christians “monsters”, “bloody monsters”, “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers”, “bandits”, “monsterously savage” and that they (evangelical Christians) “would usher in a blood-drenched, draconian era of persecutions, nationalistic militarism, and superstitious theocracy”, and declared evangelical Christians to be “world class cowards”.
And this is just a partial list from one column……yikes!!
Those are rough words describing the tens of thousands of evangelical Christians currently in our military. Would Weinstein suggest we purge these “cowards” right away? We could reinstate the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy.
This left wing nut-job has access to the Pentagon and has got enough military officials listening to this dribble….which is the real scary part. They are listening too much and have given Weinstein credibility enough to have the no proselytizing standard implemented along with some other anti-religious policies.
Strange religious policy decisions are coming out of the Pentagon, from making military chaplains to “marry” same sex couples, to invoking requirements that Christian chaplains can no longer use Jesus’ Name in military prayers. The Pentagon recently blocked two conservative Christian organizations from its military websites, however reversed itself after receiving severe criticism for the action.
Hard leaning left wing radicals have been given unprecedented access to many high level personnel in government, not excluding the White House; and people are listening.
The mainstream media has been giving Weinstein a platform to promote his anti-evangelical Christian diatribe because it fuels the anti-Christian sentiments of many in the media. Imagine if a conservative newsletter gave Westboro Baptist Church a platform for their anti-gay rhetoric? There would be a blizzard of outrage directed to the newsletter. Weinstein’s poison is not only being encouraged, but substantiated by participation.
The fallacy of Weinstein’s “Military Religious Freedom Foundation” is about as deceptive as “Planned Parenthood” providing advice on how to increase your family. Weinstein’s foundation name is a clear attempt to give a false impression of its purpose. His goal is to suppress as much religious expression as possible which is a direct affront to the First Amendment.
A more honest name of Weinstein’s foundation should read, “Military Religious Suppression Foundation” which would be a more accurate description to what he really does. It’s a travesty to imply Weinstein desires any freedom of expression in religion being articulated.
What was that German saying, “the bigger the lie, the more it is believed”? It worked before, and Weinstein is attempting to work it again.