Mickey Weinstein, the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is on the prowl again, looking for any sign, however small, of religious activity on our military installations. We’ve covered his antics in the past, at the Air Force, ROTC programs and the Navy in his seemingly never ending quest to make the American military a godless institution.This month’s target is the apparently oh-so-offensive sign erected outside a Marine Corps installation in Hawaii. The sign, which was placed outside the base right after 9/11 reads, “God bless the military, their families and the civilians who work with them.” Weinstein’s organization is demanding the sign be removed and posted near the base chapel.
According to the Marine Corps Times, “in a message to Col. Sean C. Killeen, commanding officer of MCB Hawaii, Blake A. Page, special assistant to Weinstein, asserts the sign is inappropriate and illegal.“This sign is a brazen violation of the No Establishment clause of the Constitution, as it sends the clear message that your installation gives preference to those who hold religious beliefs over those who do not, and those who prefer a monotheistic, intervening god over other deities or theologies,” Blake wrote.
“We recognize the value that religious activity brings to the lives of many, however this sign is not in keeping with the time, place, and manner restrictions required by law [or] for any military commander to bolster religious principles through the official authority given to their rank and position.”
According to Weinstein, 23 active duty Marines complained about the sign to his organization. He claimed that they were too “afraid” to make a complaint via their chain of command. Not only is the sign illegal, but Weinstein claims it ” damages unit cohesion.”“”We have no issue with the message that is being posited with that sign if they move that to the chapel grounds, but it is certainly something that is in violation of the No Establishment Clause of the Constitution,” Weinstein said. “When it is not on chapel grounds it is divisive. It is elevating the concept of one faith over no faith, which the Supreme Court has made very clear is wrong, and so we have asked the commander — you know this sign is clearly not within the time, place and manner restrictions required by the law — and so we’ve asked him to move it to the chapel grounds or take off the installation altogether.”
According to the Times, the Base Inspector’s Office is reviewing its files to see if there have been any complaints about the sign in the past. MCBH will exercise due diligence to ensure compliance with existing regulations and law, including the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.”
Meanwhile, Mikey has pointed out if the sign continues to stand, it opens the door to other signs being posted — out of fairness of course. Mickey pointed to some obvious banner topics such as, “There is NO God to bless our military, their families, and the civilians who work with them” or signs pointing to “Allah, Satan or the Flying Spaghetti Monster.” Sure Mikey, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster deserves equal respect to all great faiths of the world.Although, I can’t say I disagree with the church’s stance on global warming.
[Note: This article was written by Ashley Edwardson]