Fox News and a handful of other outlets are reporting that a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed that it plans to enforce regulations against proselytizing in the military that could lead to courts martial for troops who share their faith while in uniform.
This has raised alarm bells among Christian groups because of reports that Pentagon officials met on April 23 about a published policy called “Air Force Culture, Air Force Standards” with one of the most virulently anti-Christian activists around, Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, who has encouraged the Pentagon to develop court martial procedures against Christians.
Weinstein, founder of the deceptively named Military Religious Freedom Foundation has called Bible-believing Christians “monsters who would tear down the Constitutionally-mandated wall separating church and state in the technologically most lethal entity ever created by humankind, the U.S. military.”
“Today,” Weinstein wrote in April in an article at the Huffington Post, “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. …
“Queasy with the bright and promising lights of the cultural realities of the present day, those evil, fundamentalist Christian creatures and their spiritual heirs have taken refuge behind flimsy, well-worn, gauze-like euphemistic facades such as ‘family values’ and ‘religious liberty.'”
He goes on to tout the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is a bastion of people just like Weinstein who peddle anti-Christian propaganda that has gained traction at the Pentagon and in the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama, who infamously lamented people “bitterly clinging” to their Bibles and guns.
Section 2.11 of the Air Force policy calls for “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.
Leaders are further told not to “promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.”
Weinstein wants not only wants the policy enforced, he wants to see heads roll.
“We would love to see hundreds of prosecutions to stop this outrage of fundamentalist religious persecution,” he told Fox News. “It is a version of being spiritually raped and you are being spiritually raped by fundamentalist Christian religious predators.”
He claims fundamentalism is causing widespread problems in the military.
“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.”
Weinstein predictably comes down in favor of homosexuality, Islam and atheism. He’s yet another one of those cultural liberals who hides behind words like “freedom” and “religious liberty” when what he’s really after is the persecution of Christianity and the establishment of state Atheism, the religion preferred by Marxists, Nazis and other liberals.
The gay rights movement gets to come along for the ride on Weinstein’s tyranny train because it, like him and his group, is out to tear down traditional morality. Islam is also an ally of convenience because of its 1,500-year war against Christianity. The fact that if Weinstein and his ilk were to get their way the Muslims would soon turn on them never dawns on these folks’ enfeebled minds.
Unlike Weinstein’s fevered dreams about evil Christians, the threat posed by him and his supporters is real because they, unlike Christians, are seeking to restrict religious liberty rather than share their own faith.
And he apparently has the ear of the Pentagon.
“Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense,” Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a noncommittal written statement responding to questions about the potential crackdown on Christians. “Court martials and nonjudicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the outcome in specific cases.”
Weinstein has clearly gone past the crazy bend in the river, and he has gone so far as to call Christianity a “national security threat,” which it must be noted is not out of line with some of the Department of Homeland Security’s own more turgid reports.
“And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason,” Weinstein told the Washington Post. “It should be punished.”
Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, now an executive vice president with the Family Research Council, told Fox that he sees a pattern of attacks on Christianity becoming more frequent in the military.
“Mikey Weinstein has a very visceral hated of Christianity and those who are Christians,” he said. “He’d like to see it eliminated from the military entirely. … This has the potential to destroy military recruiting across the services as Americans realize that their faith will be suppressed by joining the military.”