Ooooh, They Have Questions

As the Christian right continues its hysterical freakout over the Pentagon’s non-existent policy of court-martialing any soldier who utters the word “God” in the presence of another person, this may be the silliest story of all. The Worldnutdaily is asking questions:

In light of the confusing statements recently by the U.S. military about whether Christians will be prosecuted for sharing their faith, the chief of a chaplains organization says the real question is different.

“The question is why is the military having meetings with [anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein] and how is it he appears to have easy access to individuals such as [former Ambassador Joe] Wilson.”

That’s from Brig. Gen. Doug Lee, now chairman of the executive committee for the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

Ooh, he’s found the real question. But it’s a question with trivially easy and mundane answers. Why would the military have a meeting with Mikey Weinstein? Because he’s the leader of an organization that has pressed the military to address the problem of superior officers forcing their religion on subordinates. And because he is a former high-ranking JAG officer himself and a former Reagan administration White House counsel. And why does Mikey have “easy access” to Joe Wilson? Because Wilson is on the board of Mikey’s organization. There, your real question has been answered. Kind of anti-climactic, isn’t it?

And let’s address this dishonest framing from WND in calling Mikey an “anti-Christian activist.” He is nothing of the sort. In fact, the overwhelming majority of MRFF clients in the military have been Christians who have had other Christians impose their religion on them. This is as absurd as referring to MRFF as an “atheist organization,” as their enemies so often do. This is called “poisoning the well.”

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Modusoperandi

    “…the problem of superior officers forcing their religion on subordinates.”


  • slc1

    Ole Mikey also now has access to former Colin Powell aide and retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson.

  • marcus

    Not to mention the ‘dishonest framing’ of “…confusing statements recently by the U.S. military about whether Christians will be prosecuted for sharing their faith…”.

    What is confusing about, It is never going to fucking happen!

  • postman

    What you miss here is that sharing their faith is actually code for using the military for pushing their religion. If you stop them because of a small thing, like the constitution, then it’s prosecution of their religious liberty.

  • Trebuchet

    What is confusing about, It is never going to fucking happen!

    And then, of course, they’ll take credit for preventing it. It’s a no-lose situation for them: First make up shit that’s never going to happen, then follow up by claiming to have prevented it.

  • dugglebogey

    The comforting thing about the WND crying wolf constantly about non-issues is that if there were real issues, they would be all over it like a wingnut on an IRS hates tea-baggers scandal.

    Since they’re not and they continue to cry wolf over nothing, we can be assured that the people they purport to be defending are actually in pretty great shape. No need to worry about what’s going on with them.

  • JD

    Ed said:

    he is a former high-ranking JAG officer…

    Interesting that Weinstein declines to identify his former Air Force rank, yet you reference it for credibility. Would you care to educate the class with support for your claim?

  • Ichthyic

    Would you care to educate the class with support for your claim?


    one, how hard could it be for you yourself to do the legwork on this.

    and two… I’m really curious now what specific relevance you think it has to Mikey’s “credibility”.

    this should be good for a laugh or two.


  • Ichthyic

    come on JD, put both feet in your mouth, as usual, so we can laugh at you again.

  • Ichthyic

    right, since JD the moronic chickenhawk has run away, I suppose I should do the tremendous amount of legwork needed to vet the idea that Mikey was a JAG officer…

    oh, wait, it wasn’t such a long walk after all…

    Weinstein began his legal studies shortly after his appointment as chief of the secure systems branch of the 2049th Communications and Installations Group at McClellan Air Force Base. He qualified for the Air Force law school program and earned his juris doctorate degree in three years. He then served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer for ten years.[

    straight from the first link, which is the wiki page.