I recently wrote about a Judicial Watch lawsuit seeking records from the Obama Defense Department regarding the U.S. Air Force’s decision to remove the words “So help me God” from the oath given to USAF inductees.
This shocking departure from history and the U.S. Constitution may seem to be from out of left field for many of you, but it will make more sense when you learn a little bit about the type of radical atheists who are repeatedly granted an audience with top Pentagon brass.
On September 10, 2013, JW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Department of Defense seeking “all records and communications” between the Pentagon and Military Religious Freedom Foundation founder Mikey Weinstein.
And who is Mikey Weinstein? Well, to say he is a controversial activist is an understatement. He has compared evangelicals with the Taliban and al-Qaeda and has called for the court martial of Christian chaplains. Actually, it gets worse. Per Breitbart.com, Weinstein has called Christians “monsters” imposing a “rapacious reign of theocratic terror” and says sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military an act of “sedition and treason” that must be punished.
To me these sound like the rantings of someone with a serious mental illness. But evidently, to Defense officials, this was a man who deserved an audience with leaders inside the Pentagon–more than once!
As reported by The Washington Post, on May 23, 2013, Weinstein met with a group of top Pentagon officials, including the Air Force Judge Advocate General, other generals, and a military chaplain, to discuss his concerns about religious issues in the U.S. military. After Breitbart broke the story of the high-level meeting, the Pentagon sent out an email suggesting it was a one-time event, admitting only to a single meeting on April 23, 2013. Further investigation, however, revealed that it may have been part of a continuing relationship dating back to the beginning of the Obama administration.
For example, on March 1, 2009, the New York Times reported that Weinstein met with the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton Schwarz, on February 24, 2009. The story noted this was the first time Weinstein and MRFF had “gotten an audience with a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”
Weinstein has a long history of opposing the exercise of religious liberty in the military, including, according to the New York Times, “official military retreats at off-base churches, the appearance of uniformed officers at religious events, displays of crucifixes at military chapels in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the practice of ‘dipping’ the American flag at the altar of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., among others.”
In a Huffington Post article entitled “The Pentagon Most Certainly is Listening to Mikey Weinstein,” Chris Rodda, the senior research director at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, reinforced Weinstein’s relationship with the Pentagon, boasting that he forced Idaho’s Mountain Home Air Force Base to remove an inspirational piece of artwork from its dining facility with a single phone call:
Mikey immediately called the Pentagon because, you know, he can do that (to the obvious consternation of the folks at Breitbart.com, certain members of Congress, and other modern-day Christian crusaders).
“Fifty-six minutes after his call to the Pentagon, the image of the crusader, with its odious melding of the crusader flag with the American flag, had been removed from the dining hall.”
Once again, we are seeing the continuation of a disturbing trend with this Obama administration, where radical leftists are given prominent seats at the table inside the Obama administration, helping to craft policies that impact all Americans and undermine the U.S. Constitution.
As I’ve detailed lately in this space, there is increasing intolerance for the First Amendment rights of traditional Christians in today’s military. That’s why the American people deserve to know the full truth about just how close the relationship is between anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein and the Obama Department of Defense.