Jewish activist reverses deranged Christian’s Halloween ban

Jewish activist reverses deranged Christian’s Halloween ban November 2, 2019
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TWO interventions by Mikey Weinstein, above, founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), rescued Halloween at an unidentified American military base after the event was suddenly banned by the unit’s “wack-a-doodle” Christian commander.

Weinstein was contacted by a junior officer in charge of organising the event after the commander abruptly cancelled it, saying  it was “disrespectful to Christian personnel” and that it elevated “Satan over Christ.”

In a letter to the MRFF on October 27, the event’s organising officer, who’s name is being withheld, wrote:

WTF? I could not believe this happened? My spouse and many others were shocked. And by the way my spouse and I are both church going Christians as are most of the others helping with this Halloween event.

Weinstein – often accused of being an atheist (he’s not) –  then contacted the unit commander who apparently took fright and reversed his ban. However, he then listed costumes of “a satanic nature” that would not be allowed at the event. These included “devil, demon, witch, vampire, monster or skeleton” costumes. There were many other Halloween costumes on the list which were likewise banned.

Including pumpkin costumes!

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So Weinstein intervened again – and the list of banned costumes was scrapped.

In a “thank you” letter to the organising officer wrote:

This whole thing has given me, my spouse and many others here at (military installation name withheld) a true wake up call to the illegal stronghold which certain Christian commanders have on the (name of military branch withheld).

Unless you have gone through this yourself it is hard to digest and believe. You feel alone and small. And disappointed and confused.

But the worst of all of this was not receiving support from our intermediate commanders whom we went to for help first. Most of them admitted they supported us silently but none of them would do so on the record to our (military unit’s name withheld) Commander. Which is why we all followed my sister’s advice to then call the MRFF.

He added:

I know that me and my family and those who worked with us to keep the Halloween party and allow for the usual Halloween costumes may still face blowback from our chain and the (military unit’s name withheld) Commander. All because we sought help from the MRFF and Mr. Weinstein.

Everybody pretty much knows that the MRFF was involved now. Even if that happens it will still have been worth it. We upheld our oaths to the Constitution to keep church and state apart. And we will call the MRFF again to help us fight the blowback!

The identity of the individuals was also an issue. The MRFF withheld their clients’ names to protect the whistleblowers.

But several individuals believe the identity of the unit commander should be made known, as his decisions were viewed as an abuse of authority and violation of First Amendment protections and Uniform Code of Military Justice.

One wrote:

With respect … the identity of this unit commander needs to be provided … because this person needs to be mustered out of the U.S. military  I have no objection to fundie Christian whack-a-doodles being in the military. But when and if they abuse positions of authority to impose their silly superstitions on others, they need to be slapped down, hard … If they allow their superstitious belief in a bunch of Middle-Eastern bullshit from 2,000 years ago to trump the Constitution, they need to be thrown the hell out of the military, immediately.


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  • Broga

    What chance of promotion would a declared atheist (vanishingly unlikely) and brilliant officer have over a thicko pain in the butt declared Christian under that commander.

    Answers need only be one word long.

  • TrickyDicky

    I wonder if the commander has a handmaid?

  • Michael Neville

    When I was in the Navy the captain of one submarine I was in was a Mormon. He was once asked why he didn’t ban coffee on board his boat since his religion forbade it. He gave two reasons: (1) That he wouldn’t require non-Mormons to abide by his religion’s requirements; and (2) if he outlawed coffee he’d likely have a mutiny on board led by the chiefs.

    Another submarine captain made himself so unpopular with the crew that the officers and chiefs purposely set out to get him relieved of command. We succeeded.

  • Broga

    I was in the UK army (a long time ago) and I never once went to a church service, nor was any attempt to make me. Sunday was the day we spent gambling so we didn’t have time for much else – three card Brag was the game of choice. A simple enough game on which you can lose money very quickly.

    That USA commander is in the wrong job. He must be a disaster for moral.

  • Joe_Buddha

    I think mustering him out would not be a proper response. Breaking him down a few ranks would be sufficient. Kick him out if he didn’t get the hint.

  • persephone

    If he doesn’t, it’s his fantasy.

  • persephone

    My MIL was in the reserves many years ago. She’s Jewish, but is pretty much secular. Every weekend, they were allowed to leave the base to attend religious services. My MIL put in a request. She just wanted to get off-base for a bit. She was turned down. All the Christians were allowed out, but not her. I believe she said there was one other Jew there, and they were also refused. But, my MIL knew people in the JAG, who she contacted. Guess who suddenly got permission to leave the base Friday night?

  • persephone

    Mikey Weinstein gets a lot of hate for what he does, but also a lot of anti-Semitic abuse and death threats. If you can toss some coin their way, please, do.

    Which reminds me that I’m overdue to give some money to Americans United.

  • Ann Kah

    Person believing in “satanic” stuff and afraid of pumpkins is in charge of a military installation. Tell me, why do I not feel safer now? And is his name Queeg?

  • If God is far more powerful than Satan and will prevail, why they’re so scared?

  • Martin Penwald

    Mmmh… JAG officer?

  • persephone

    She did work in the JAG. She’s an attorney, but I don’t know what she did exactly, since she was in the reserves.

  • I will pray Ehlonna of the Forests for you.

  • Broga

    I would rather worship Satan than a God who tortures his son by nailing his wrists to a cross and letting him hang there mumbling drivel. Or – I select from a rich variety of cruelties – tells a believer to sacrifice his son to prove his loyalty and faith. Do you ever think about those things or, has religion so numbed your brain, that you just embarrass yourself on this site.

    You need to be careful what you say about Satan. He is powerful, scares the hell out of Christians and he has undoubtedly marked your card.. Better not forget to say your prayers tonight.

  • disqus_KZV54l7H97

    Lucifer – bringer of light. questioner. About fairies…

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Something like this.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Do you have a problem with agnosticism, freedom of religion, or Jews?

  • TheBookOfDavid

    I can’t refer to him by name. Suffice it to say that your vital bodily fluids are kept safe from communist infiltration.

  • Barry Duke

    Watchman has lots of problems, mainly connected with his mental health. He recently posted two comments about Jesus, Satan and Pu sea, which he’s obsessed with. You won’t see them because I banned the creature. I can’t be doing with the burblings of a half-wit.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    Maybe it’s me…but why mention that Mikey is jewish in the headline?

    Seems inflammatory.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    Unless you’re a Poe, you need to up your dosage…the antipsychotics ain’t workin’.

  • DDRLSGC

    I find it laughable how if God is all powerful, then why can’t he keep Lucifer lock up in hell?

  • Max

    And this came from what part of the article? Imbecile.

  • If, as some suggest, the Deceiver or Discerner (the word “serpent” in Genesis ch2 is the EXACT same word for “foretelling the future, divination, prophesying” or “discerning”) is actually a Dragon then maybe this ‘God’ (who’s power is only comparable to a Rhinoceros (or Unicorn; Hebrew “re’em”) Numbers 23:22 KJV . . looses out in a power game?

    Then maybe the bible Nemesis being is the more scary one. Power of a Dragon vs Power of a Rhinoceros.

    I cannot PASTE links to any scenes of Dragon vs Rhinoceros but I can link-in a Gwangi vs. Elephant clip from The Valley of Gwangi (1969):

    https://youtu.be/3A6tNff9y98

  • Broga

    Good question. Perhaps Watchman for Zion can explain that for us? Although I doubt that. The true believers don’t do explanations. Only statements which must be accepted without question.

  • Connie Beane

    Make it simple: set up an automatic monthly donation. I do. It’s only the cost of one very modest dinner out a month, but it adds up over the year and I just consider it a little fast for the sake of my health and the country’s.