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The Pentagon is evaluating its guide on religious tolerance with the help of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), an organization that has compared evangelism to “rape” and wants military personnel who “proselytize” to be court-martialed.
MRFF President Mikey Weinstein, who met privately with Pentagon officials last week, says U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished in order to push back what he calls a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.”
Someone needs to be punished for this. Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior.
Weinstein told The Washington Post that military leaders need to understand that “there is a systematic misogyny, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the military.”
This is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News he was stunned that the Pentagon would be getting advice from the MRFF.
Why would military leadership be meeting with one of the most rabid atheists in America to discuss religious freedom in the military? That’s like consulting with China on how to improve human rights.
Retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin said, “If chaplains and other personnel are censored from offering the full solace of the Gospel, there is no religious freedom in the military.”
Weinstein met with Pentagon officials to discuss a policy called the “Air Force Culture, Air Force Standards,” which requires “government neutrality regarding religion.”
“Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion,” the regulation states.
Military leaders are not supposed to use their position to “promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.”
Weinstein said it he wants to see the Air Force enforce the regulation with zeal.
If a member of the military is proselytizing in a manner that violates the law, well then of course they can be prosecuted. We would love to see hundreds of prosecutions to stop this outrage of fundamentalist religious persecution. . . . When those people are in uniform and they believe there is no time, place or manner in which they can be restricted from proselytizing, they are creating tyranny, oppression, degradation, humiliation and horrible, horrible pain upon members of the military.
The Pentagon has confirmed to Fox News that Christian evangelism is against regulations.
Ron Crews, the executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, warns that the Air Force policy would “significantly impact the religious liberties of Air Force personnel.”
Saying that a service member cannot speak of his faith is like telling a service member he cannot talk about his spouse or children. I do not think the Air Force wants to ban personnel from protected religious speech, and I certainly hope that it is willing to listen to the numerous individuals and groups who protect military religious liberty without demonizing service members.
Weinstein himself has demonized Christians quite fervently, as is evident in an op-ed article he wrote for the Huffington Post:
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell you of monsters and monstrous wrongs. And let me tell you what these bloody monsters thrive on. . . . Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces. Oh my, my, my, how “Papa’s got a brand new bag.”
What’s Papa’s new tactic? You’re gonna just love this! These days, when ANYone attempts to bravely stand up against virulent religious oppression, these monstrosities cry out alligator tears in overflowing torrents and scream that it is, in fact, THEY who are the dispossessed, bereft and oppressed. C’mon, really, you pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers? It would be like the utter folly of 1960’s-era southern bigots howling like stuck pigs in protest that Rosa Parks’ civil rights activism is “abusing” them by destroying and disenfranchising their rights to sit in the front seat of buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Please, I beseech you! Let us call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.
Of course, Weinstein is free to state his opinion (though it seems Christians aren’t), but, as Ron Crews said, should someone like this be advising our military on religious tolerance? The answer seems obvious—except to the Obama Administration.
America certainly has changed a great deal since the days of George Washington, who said that “it is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible” and that he hoped “every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.”
Was George Washington a monster who terrorized his fellow Americans? According to those advising the Pentagon in 2013, it seems so.