I saw the caption “Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist for Religious Tolerance Policy” while scanning through headlines this week. Then I read the article. It is an outrage.
Here’s the gist: Mikey Weinstein is going to consult with the Pentagon on religious policies, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops. Mikey Wienstein who founded the mis-named Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Mikey Weinstein who describes our military chaplains this way:
They are “fundamentalist Christian monsters of human degradation, marginalization, humiliation and tyranny… [on a] path of racism, bigotry, and prejudice…who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates.”
The Pentagon is asking for this guy’s advice on their policy for religious tolerance.
Tolerance: (noun) a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.
Yes. Right. That very “Tolerance”. NOT the one that means spewing vile hatred and being entirely disrespectful toward those with whom you differ in world view. There are innumerable salacious quotes that I could have lifted from this one Huffington Post piece sited above. In this Washington Post piece, Weinstein also lists “proselytizing” alongside sexual assault within the military as a threat to our national security.
So, let us subject ourselves to some religious assault together, shall we? I am about to share a story so rife with the horrors of proselytizing you will possibly need therapy when we are through. You have been warned.
I have a friend named Dave. Dave has been sent to the Middle East for a year as a military chaplain. He writes a monthly newsletter to keep the families of his soldiers updated on the happenings in that far-away warzone. Here is what this “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbagger” (as Weinstein would call him) wrote in his November letter home:
One of the highlights of November was developing a Thanksgiving Service for all of the Soldiers and Marines stationed here. I provided a time during the service where attendees were invited to come and share with the crowd what they had to be thankful for as they helped me build a “Thanksgiving Tree” (Thanks Hillside Kids!)…I will never forget watching many of these big strong Soldiers/Marines gently cry as they talked about their family or friends they had lost in the
war. One young man had recently lost his brother to an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan and shared his thankfulness for having had a brother who had impacted him in such a meaningful way. I could really feel the Holy Spirit moving during the service to touch these tender hearts.
An assortment of Dave’s prayer requests from several letters:
- Please continue to pray for our families back home…we sure miss them! Please especially pray for strength as we are apart during the Christmas season. Pray for the marriages and children of our Soldiers while we are away.
- Most of all I want to see a spirit of joy, community, fellowship and love erupt as people grow in their Christian faith.
- Pray that the turmoil in this region will be contained and that peace will reign.
- Pray that I’m able to identify and help any Soldier/Marine struggling with depression or mental health concerns.
- Pray for our Soldiers who are spread throughout the region…I am doing my best to travel to them for ministry support and counseling.
- Please pray I am able to develop a plan to provide humanitarian support or tangible acts of service to the orphans or other needy in this region. I’ve been meeting and planting seeds for this dream to come to fruition but need the Lord to open the right door in this Muslim nation.
Here are a few remarks from Dave describing his interactions with non-Christian soldiers. (What Weinstein would decry as “spiritual rape.”)
He asks that those back home would “pray for an atheist that I’ve been working with each day as I gently share the Christian faith. I’m thankful he is coming to “discuss” faith…pray for his heart to open to the nudging of the Holy Spirit.” (I am struck here that this atheist actually COMES TO DAVE to be spiritually assaulted each day. Albeit “gently”.)
Dave acknowledges that “Many of these Soldiers are unlikely to become regular chapel attendees (although I pray for each of them to come to Jesus) but all of them have a deep desire to have a pastor. It is a strong connection that is formed in military ministry. I think it is a heart cry of humans everywhere…”
Now that’s what I’d call a “rabidly intolerant agitator.”
Weinstein has the right say whatever he likes about people of faith. He has a personal right to foam at the mouth and seek to tear down Christianity. But by appointing him, our government is ENDORSING intolerance.
I wonder, (not really, but I want you to) if he had said these things about Allah would he still be considered?