Are Military Leaders and the MSM Embracing an Anti-Christian Extremist?

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES – US Admiral Jonathan Greenert (L), Chief of US Naval Operations, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (C) and US General James Amos, Commandant of the US Marine Corps, testify on the Defense Authorization Request for the fiscal year 2014 budget during a US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2013.

Over at Breitbart.com, a post discussing potential Pentagon regulations prohibiting proselytization has gone viral, at last count with more than 1.2 million Facebook shares and 8,000 comments. While I’m not aware of any immediate or pending change in Pentagon policies regarding religious liberty, I am extremely troubled that it is apparently consulting with an anti-Christian extremist, Mikey Weinstein.

Over at the Washington Post, Sally Quinn penned a rather remarkable piece — taking Weinstein’s claims about the alleged pro-Christian bias in the military at face value — while describing how “several generals and a chaplain” recently opened the Pentagon’s doors to Weinstein and his group.

In describing Weinstein, I don’t use the word “extremist” lightly. In fact, I hate how the word is over-used — often to dismiss truly mainstream opposing views as a means of avoiding argument. But how else can one describe a person who would make statements like this:

Our Pentagon has been turned into a Pentacostalgon, and our DOD has been turned into an imperialist, fascistic contagion of unconstitutional triumphalism by people that want to kill us – or have their version of Jesus kill us if we don’t accept their Biblical world view.

or this:

The dominionist Christian will say, “Nothing can constrain me from proselytizing my version of Christianity.” And these people we find have several particular malodorous stenches about them. It’s like walking into a stench in my native state of New Mexico here on a hot August afternoon and having your nostrils assaulted by the stenches of 10,000 rotting swine it’s so bad.  The first stench is viral misogyny. The fact that women should be consigned to selecting food, preparing food, cleaning up after meals, spreading their legs, getting pregnant and raising children. The next [stench] is virulent anti-Semitism. The next is virulent Islamophobia.

or this:

We’re fighting al-Qaeda. We’re fighting the Taliban, and we’re turning our own military in the exact same thing.

or this [speaking of Jerry Falwell]:

The dead guy – Jerry Falwell, and I’m sorry but I’m very glad he’s dead. [applause] I’m very sorry if anyone is upset about that.

or this:

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.

I’m sorry, but these are just ravings. And he met with generals? And the Washington Post, CNN, ABC News and others treats him as a serious commentator on faith in the military? Substitute “Muslim” for “Christian” in any of these comments and the brass wouldn’t let him darken the Pentagon’s doors. Sally Quinn might write about him, but only as a Terry Jones–like threat to peace, as the fanatical equivalent of a Koran-burner.

Sadly, because he meets with generals – because the likes of the Washington Post take him seriously — he may very well exercise influence over the military’s religious policy. I have no problem with the Pentagon meeting with a wide vareity of credible voices as it formulates and refines religious policies, but this is a man who literally demands courts-martial for speech he dislikes, a man who declares that servicemembers exposed to Christian ideas are “spiritual rape victims.”

Even more troubling, this news comes hard on the heels of training slides that labeled “Evangelical Chrsitianity” and “Catholicism” as examples of “religious extremism” literally alongside al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. An isolated example, yes, but intolerable nonetheless.

Mikey Weinstein meets with generals because the media give him power. Blinded by their own fear, ignorance, and hate, they give voice to an extremist they would condemn in virtually any another context. It’s pathetic and embarrassing.

This article first appeared here.

  • http://stowellbrown.blogspot.com/ Flyaway

    Apparently Mikey Weinstein has never been in a fox hole. I’m praying that God will bring him to a point where he will cry out to God!

    • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

      “There are no chaplains in foxholes.”

  • Richard

    David, come on, you’re a JAG, as I am. The fact this bozo met with “generals” does not mean he will exercise influence over DoD religious policy. Some organizations go to the well with “The sky is falling!” cries as a way of increasing their membership lists–read Cal Thomas’ “Blinded By Might.” I’ve been with the JAG for over 30 years–the military doesn’t court-martial soldiers solely for proselytizing.

    • David French

      I didn’t claim that the military does. Did you see the Air Force statement regarding religious speech that makes another person “uncomfortable”? As you know, that’s not an appropriate standard for governing any speech, including religious speech. As for Mikey, his influence within the Air Force is well-known. He has no influence that I can discern in the Army.

  • Zeke

    But that’s not the point of the post Richard. The point is to reinforce the the charade that Christians are a persecuted class here in the United States. Which is nonsense of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Wolfe/100000260038797 Richard Wolfe

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