This past Sunday we shared a picture of an Easter sunrise service in the desert of Iraq, after combat operations had ceased during Desert Shield. I mentioned Mikey Weinstein, his Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and his personal crusade against any display of the Christian faith in our military.
It didn’t take long for his angry little head to pop up again with yet another assault on Christian faith. As reported by the Stars and Stripes, Mikey last week sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel demanding that the DoD withdraw support from a National Day of Prayer event planned for May 1st. Mikey wants to crack down on what he sees as “fundamentalist Christian domination” of the U.S. military.
What is it that has ol’ Mikey so upset? The Army will be sending a chaplain and the Military District of Washington will contribute a color guard, a vocalist and a military band.
Apparently, Weinstein told Hagel he had no issue with the non-sectarian National Day of Prayer, but said the NDP Task Force had taken over the event “to promote their rapaciously exclusivist religion as the quasi-official religion of the nation.” Mikey maintains military participation in the event violates a number of DoD regulations, including prohibitions on appearing to endorse non-federal entities such as the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
However the Task Force vice chairman, John Bornschein, says that’s untrue, because the military is sending its assets at the request of the congressman sponsoring the event, Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., rather than the non-profit organization.Weinstein has somehow been granted a platform by the Obama administration to stir up the pot. He objected to proselytizing by U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral William D. Lee during the 2013 prayer event. In 2010, Weinstein objected to the participation of evangelist Franklin Graham in a prayer day observance at the Pentagon after Graham said Islam was evil. Graham was later dropped from the program. As a former Air Force Academy graduate, you’d think Weinstein might be more focused on the readiness of the service. I wish he’d have as much vigilance in presenting to Secretary Hagel why canceling the A-10 Warthog is a bad decision.
Both the House and Senate open sessions with prayer, asking for wisdom, discernment, and God’s counsel. The face that looks upon the Speaker’s rostrum in the House chamber is that of Moses. Once upon a time church services were held in the Capitol. Rep. Aderholt is a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, of which I was also a member, and I currently support the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation — they meet in the Capitol and pray. None of this is in violation of the Constitution and does not seek to establish or promote any particular religion.
I attended the National Day of Prayer event and it is hardly about establishing a “national religion.” In my home, and also in my former Congressional office, hangs a picture of General George Washington in uniform kneeling in the snow next to his horse praying at Valley Forge. No doubt Mikey would have protested against Gen. Washington and perhaps even sought to have charges brought against him for his simple action of his faith.
But Mikey Weinstein is just another foot soldier of the progressive socialist Left that seeks to eliminate the Judeo-Christian faith heritage of our country.