Military Forbids Religious Proselytizing, Offenders To Be Court Martialed
By Staff Blogger
Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), has apparently met with the Pentagon and is asking the Air Force to court martial any service member who is seen to be proselytizing.
This has left many Christian organizations and religious liberty groups seriously worried. Apparently Weinstein has called Christian evangelism in the past “a version of being spiritually raped” and has demanded that those who evangelize others be faced with court martial.
Weinstein is a former Air Force officer and attorney who has written the books “With God on Our Side: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military,” and “No Snowflake in an Avalanche,” in which Weinstein describes his fight against Christian Fundamentalists, who, in his opinion, intimidate others into joining their religion.
Weinstein also said that U.S. military members who are guilty of proselytizing are also guilty of sedition and treason and should be accordingly punished. He goes on to say that only this would hold off what he calls a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.”
Family Research Council President, Tony Perkins, said that he can’t believe that the Pentagon would take advice from a man like Weinstein. Perkins goes on to ask why the Pentagon would talk about religious freedom, in the military, with a man who in his opinion is “one of the most rabid atheists in America.”
Perkins made the comparison of the Pentagon consulting Weinstein as being similar to conferring with China on the subject of human rights.
Apparently, Weinstein describes himself as an agnostic but says that the vast majority of the MRFF are Protestant or Roman Catholic. He added that the MRFF receive most of its funding from conservative Republicans.
Weinstein claims that the MRFF have been misrepresented by the media and he says that he is considering suing some of them in court. “My response to them is simple: Tell it to the judge. I’m going to see you in court,” Weinstein said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who has published a list of “hate groups,” is among one of the groups who Weinstein supports. The SPLC’s “hate group” list shows various Christian organizations alongside such appalling groups as the KKK and Islamic terrorist groups.