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    Obama's Pentagon Religious Advisor Calls Evangelical Christian Troops Traitors

    Pentagon Religious Advisor Calls Evangelical Christian Troops “Traitors” & “Spiritual Rapists”

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    Published: May 1, 2013 | 16 Comments


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    The epic American journalist, Edward R. Murrow, once said, “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

    His words seem to be springing to life this week as a wolf named Mikey Weinstein was appointed as a Pentagon Adviser on matters of “religious toleration.”

    Weinstein’s selection as an adviser means that the word “toleration” actually means elimination. Mr. Weinstein is the President of The Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

    Mikey told the Huffington Post that he founded the organization, “To do one thing: fight those monsters who would tear down the Constitutionally-mandated wall separating church and state in …the U.S. military.”

    The “Monsters” that the new Pentagon adviser spoke of are evangelical Christians in the military who desire to share their faith with their fellow servicemen. Further, he labels mainstream Conservative Evangelical organizations like the American Family Association, Family Research Council, and the Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty hate groups.
    When speaking about soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines sharing their faith in uniform, Weinstein told Defense Secretary Hagel and the Washington Post:

    “This is a national security threat. What is happening…is spiritual rape and what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”

    One of Weinstein’s Board Members, Former Ambassador Joe Wilson, told the Secretary of Defense and other military leaders, “You need half a dozen court-martials real quick.”

    The bottom line here is that a man who calls Evangelical Christians “monsters” is now helping the Pentagon craft policies for “religious toleration.” This same man, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy – Mikey Weinstein wants to court martial American citizens for sharing their faith in uniform.

    What cannot be missed here is that a court martial is a trial for criminal offenses in the military. This man is advising that Pentagon criminalize Christian evangelism in the Armed Forces and label that crime “sedition” and/or “treason.”

    The Uniform Code of Military Justice says that sedition and/or treason during time of war can be punished with a death sentence!

    Weinstein is famous for being the Grinch who stole Christmas gifts from poor children who would have received them from Air Force Cadets participating in Operation Christmas Child back in 2011. His organization got involved when Christian cadets asked other cadets to give toys to children at Christmas to share God’s love with kids in need.

    Mikey’s problem was that Operation Christmas Child is a Franklin Graham project and Mikey said that Billy Graham’s son “Is a fundamentalist – a total enemy of the Constitution – an absolutely incredible Islamophobe.” Weinstein won his case and the children lost toys they would have otherwise received had Weinstein tolerated anyone’s point of view other than his own.

    While Weinstein has been successful many times before, only time will tell if he will be successful at convincing Secretary Hagel that Evangelical Christian servicemen should be court-martialed for living out the Great Commission.

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    Weinstein Name Meaning

    Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name composed of German Wein ‘wine’ + Stein ‘stone’.Perhaps also German: topographic name for someone who lived by a field named with Middle High German win ‘wine’ + stein ‘stone’.

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    Michael L. Weinstein

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    Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein is an attorney, businessman, and former Air Force officer. He is the founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, (MRFF) and author of With God on Our Side: One Man's War Against an Evangelical Coup in America's Military and No Snowflake in an Avalanche, both of which describe his fight against alleged coercive Christian Fundamentalist practices by some members of the military.
    [edit] Military service and education

    Weinstein graduated with honors from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977, consistently earning placement on the Superintendent's List throughout his studies. His father was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.[1] Weinstein decided to study law, arguing that "The law was what protected us, what kept us free... I was good at writing, good at arguing." He has written that at the Academy he encountered a string of incidents of psychological harassment, including notes emblazoned with swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs, death threats, and two violent incidents of hazing where he was ambushed, beaten, and in one case hospitalized.[2]
    Weinstein began his legal studies shortly after his appointment as chief of the secure systems branch of the 2049th Communications and Installations Group at McClellan Air Force Base. He qualified for the Air Force law school program and earned his juris doctorate degree in three years. He then served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer for ten years.[3]
    [edit] Legal and political career

    Weinstein spent over three years in the West Wing of the Reagan White House as legal counsel to the White House. He began with an appointment to the Office of Budget Management and was soon named the Committee Management Officer of the much-publicized Iran-Contra Investigation in his capacity as Assistant General Counsel of The White House Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President of the United States.
    Weinstein served as the first General Counsel to Texas billionaire and two-time Presidential candidate H. Ross Perot and Perot Systems Corporation and left in 2006 to work full-time on the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), a nonprofit foundation he founded in March 2006. This foundation was formed as a watchdog organization to protect religious freedom in the military in accordance with Department of Defense Directive 1300.17, Accommodation of Religious Practices Within the Military Services.[4][5] MRFF has been nominated on five separate occasions, spanning four consecutive years, for the Nobel Peace Prize.[6]
    [edit] Activism

    Weinstein found that both his sons were exposed to Christian proselytizing at the Academy. In the case of his younger son Curtis, he reported that it included anti-Semitic language and being asked "how it felt to kill Jesus". His older son Casey, a 2004 Academy graduate, alleged that "Senior cadets would sit down and say, 'How do you feel about the fact that your family is going to burn in hell?'".[7] Weinstein wrote in his autobiography:[8]
    It is naturally of great personal consequence that Curtis's and Casey's encounters with religious bigotry occurred at the Academy, which is where I first encountered it as well. Of course, from a historical perspective, Jews have always had the unfortunate role of scapegoat thrust upon them. But I'm under no illusions that what happened to my Jewish sons and my Christian daughter-in-law could not have happened to the son of a patriotic American Muslim or Buddhist or agnostic or atheist. I wouldn't be surprised if it already had.
    Describing his trajectory in an interview with LA Progressive that was published in April 2012, Weinstein explained:[9]
    With regard to the arc of justice in my life, I started out at point A where I made a commitment that wherever I saw anti-semitism I’d stamp it out. Now I’m at point B, when I see unconstitutional religious persecution of any stripe, I don’t care if I live or die, I’m not going to stand by and let it happen.
    In October 6, 2005, Weinstein sued the United States Air Force for failing to prevent religious proselytizing in the U.S. Air Force. U.S. District Judge James A. Parker dismissed the case of Weinstein v. U.S. Air Force and wrote:[10]
    No Plaintiff claims to have personally experienced any of the things described under 'Factual Allegations'... while at the Academy or after leaving the Academy. The only fair reading of Plaintiffs’ factual allegations limits them to practices and events at the Academy and policies as they affect persons, other than Plaintiffs, at the Academy...Not a single Plaintiff has alleged any personal factual situation that has allegedly impinged on that Plaintiff’s constitutional rights since the Plaintiff left the Academy.
    On September 17, 2007, Weinstein and the MRFF filed a federal lawsuit[11] in Kansas City, Kansas, against Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Major Freddy J. Welborn, accusing them of allowing a "pervasive and pernicious pattern and practice of unconstitutional religious rape of freedoms of our U.S. military.[12] On March 5, 2008, the lawsuit was re-filed to include allegations that co-plaintiff Army Specialist Jeremy Hall was denied a promotion due to the filing of the original lawsuit.[11]
    Following the Fort Hood shooting, Weinstein suggested that proselytizing by "fundamentalist Christians" may have created a hostile environment that contributed to the psychological pressure on Major Nidal Malik Hasan. Hasan reportedly claimed that he had faced harassing insults related to his Arab ethnic background and Islamic faith.[13] In November 2009, the American Family Association issued the statement "No More Muslims in the US Military", which explicitly stated that Muslim military enlistees be barred from military service in the United States armed forces on the grounds that "...just as Christians are taught to imitate the life of Christ, so Muslims are taught to imitate the Prophet in all things. Yesterday, Nidal Malik Hasan was simply being a good Muslim." [14] MRFF founder and president Mikey Weinstein 's denunciation of the AFA position as "bigoted, racist, [and] vile" was featured prominently by Hatewatch, the official blog of the Southern Poverty Law Center civil rights organization.[15] Mainstream Jewish groups generally declined to comment on the shooting at Fort Hood.[16]
    A significant MRFF victory arrived in 2011 when the US Air Force, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by the Foundation, revised a training course taught to nuclear missile launch officers which included quotations from Werner Von Braun and also cited Christian Just War Theory, among other materials .[17] This led to Mikey coming under attack from various opponents, including radio shock jock Michael Savage (Weiner), who mocked Weinstein's name as "Mickey Whine-stein" while asking "Why do you hate Christians, America, and the military, when, was it not for the Christians and the military your ancestors would have been turned into [something edited out]?" Savage also noted that "What Weinstein doesn't know was if it was not for the warrior mentality of the Christians he hates so much, who rescued his ancestors from the ovens of Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz, Mickey Whine- [something edited out] wouldn't be here plaguing the United States of America.".[18] Weinstein responded in a Newsletter to his audience, noting that Savage's "stupefying rant" was "a rabidly ad-hominem, personal assault... which should serve as a particularly revealing clue as to the psychological state of this specimen, a professional bottom-feeding hyena who earns his daily bread by foaming at the mouth and spreading extremist hysteria which he likely doesn't even believe himself." [19]
    In January, 2012, No Snowflake in an Avalanche (Vireo, 2012) was released. The book, written by Weinstein and Davin Seay, details MRFF’s prominent case studies and struggles, as well as the violent impediments that continue to be imposed against MRFF by its opponents. Weinstein supported the book release with nationwide speaking and book signing tour which includes one book store in Albuquerque, NM being forced by public pressure to reverse its decision to deny an in-store appearance due to “controversy” surrounding Mikey/MRFF/Book.[20]
    When protests broke out in various parts of Afghanistan over the improper disposal of copies of the Qu'ran at the US military Bagram Air Base, for which the US apologized.[21] Protesters shouted "Death to America" and burned U.S. flags. In a MRFF statement, Weinstein noted that the desecrations of the Muslim holy book by U.S. personnel revealed "a fatal attitude of patronizing colonial hostility [that] has indeed been allowed to hijack the US mission in Afghanistan. By adding grist to the mill of escalating regional resentment, America's own religious extremists, racists and anti-Muslim bigots within the military have ensured that they and their comrades in arms will continue to pay the awful price in spilled blood... the real-world consequence of this intrinsically ingrained religious prejudice and bigotry is the loss of service members' lives and limbs." [22]
    When news sources announced that permission granted to use military emblems on Holman Military Bibles had been revoked, with B&H Publishing Group being notified in 2011 that the decision was made based on new military trademark licensing issues.[23] The Bibles were a military variant of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and included “quotations, prayers, and inspiration” from figures ranging from George Washington and President George W. Bush to various historical figures from each of the respective branches of the U.S. Armed Services. Additionally, the Department of Defense announced that all Bibles with military emblems must be removed from military stores. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation had threatened to sue the government if permission to use military emblems on Bibles was not revoked, with Mikey noting that the Bibles were both an "unconstitutional government endorsement of religion" and a "national security threat." In response to the revocation of the Bibles, Twenty-two members of Congress led by Mississippi Republican Alan Nunnelee wrote a letter seeking clarification for the pulling of B&H's permission to use military insignia, mischaracterizing MRFF as an "atheist group" to which the military "succumbed." [24] In a Newsletter by his organization, Weinstein explained the rationale for MRFF's pressure to have the Bible pulled:
    The Holman Bible endorsement was a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." We can't allow for precedents to be set that wear away, through an atrocious process of attrition, these important safeguards. Additionally, the endorsement was an open violation of Clause 3, Article 6 of the Constitution, which states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
    [edit] Awards and recognition

    In 2006, Weinstein was named as one of Forward Magazine's "Forward 50", a list of the most influential Jews in America.[25] Weinstein has also received a nomination for the JFK Library's Profile in Courage Award and received the Buzzflash Wings of Justice Award.[26] Jews for Racial and Economic Justice awarded him its Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk-Taker Award for taking extraordinary risks in pursuit of justice.[27]
    In 2010, Weinstein was given the Anne Froehlich Political Courage Award by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, which had previously been awarded to such prominent political voices as Phil Donahue, Daniel Ellsberg, Ron Kovic, as well as Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson and wife Valerie Plame.
    Weinstein was named Americans United for Separation of Church and State's 2011 "Person of the Year" at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on November 7, 2011. Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Esq., executive director of Americans United, said: "We've never named a 'Person of the Year' before, but I can't think of anyone more deserving than Mikey Weinstein. Time and again, he has stuck his neck out to defend the religious liberty rights of the men and women serving our country in the armed forces."[citation needed]
    In December 2012, Weinstein was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense" by Defense News.[28] As one individual on the list explained, inclusion on the list is a matter of "…making change, it’s not just celebrity." Ranked at #95, Weinstein even managed to outrank the recently-disgraced General David Petraeus. Defense News noted:
    A former Air Force officer and White House lawyer during the Reagan administration, Weinstein is today a one-issue whistle-blower who has driven real change in religious policy throughout the military. Advocating for secularism in the military through the Military Religious Freedom Foundation he founded in 2005, Weinstein has fought a campaign against public prayer and proselytizing by Air Force officers, particularly at the Air Force Academy, his alma mater, where he says he and his sons experienced religious discrimination. Weinstein has been accused of tilting at windmills in his struggles, but he scored a major victory in 2011, when the Air Force suspended a training course for nuclear missile launch officers that used Bible passages and religious imagery in a PowerPoint presentation about the ethics of war. Weinstein's public persistence continues to influence Pentagon religious policies, including new rules released in 2012 restricting the sale of Bibles adorned with military insignia.
    [edit] Criticism

    Weinstein has been accused of intolerance and hatred toward Christians. In an interview in the Colorado Springs Independent, Weinstein said, '"People say this is a Christian country founded on Christian principles," he says. "The real essential aspect of this country, woven into the tapestry of the embroidery of how beautiful this country is, is one concept above all others, which is tolerance of diversity. The biggest crime I accuse the religious right of and it's a blood libel, a crime against humanity is torturing that concept, by bludgeoning it and assaulting it, so that what it comes out as "tolerance for diversity' equals "intolerance for us in the majority.' My response is: **** you. **** you. How dare you?"'[29] Weinstein accepted a case in which the Muslim litigant claims not only harassment by Christians in the military but that the Fort Hood shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, was provoked by Islamophobia and Christian evangelism rather than Muslim extremism.[30] In fact, Weinstein himself has expressed the same opinion.[31]
    Weinstein has compared Fundamentalist Christianity to the Taliban and linked it to the Crusades, the Black Death, the [Inquisition]] and the Holocaust.[32][33] Weinstein has also expressed criticism toward Orthodox Jews and author and talk show host Dennis Prager, attorney Jay Sekulow, calling them "bad," and that the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish War Veterans "have no balls."[34] The group Jews in Green, a Jewish military support group, has challenged some of his claims, such as an entrenched antisemitism in the military.[35] Meanwhile a military chaplain, Gordon James Klingenschmitt, has filed a suit against Weinstein for defamation and abuse of process. Klingenschmitt claims that Weinstein asserted that several acts of vandalism -- some going back to 2006 -- were the result of a prayer Klingenschmitt made in 2009.[36] Klingenschmitt was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2007 after he protested a change in policy that required him to say non-sectarian prayers. The Navy later rescinded the policy.[37]
    [edit] Media

    Weinstein appeared in the film adaptation of James Carroll's best selling book, "Constantine's Sword", a history of relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Jews.[citation needed]
    Weinstein has appeared many times on major cable and network TV news networks and is a frequent guest on national radio networks. He is a prolific author of Op-Eds which have been published by Washington Post, AlterNet, and Truthout. His activism has been covered in such media as CNN,[38] the New York Times,[39] the Washington Post,[40] the Los Angeles Times[41] The Nation,[42] the Guardian,[43] and Time magazine.[44]
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