“…as officials confirmed for me —
it was mostly because of Weinstein’s
in-your-face activism that
Air Force Instruction 1-1,
Section 2.11, came into existence…”
The following editorial was written by
esteemed author and retired diplomat
Robert F. Dorr for the Air Force Times:
An unscientific poll of current, former and retired Air Force members tells me most don’t want a colleague trying to convert them. “I can think for myself,” said a senior master sergeant. “The preaching should stay in the chapel,” said a captain. Both sent me their opinions via email.
Former Air Force Capt. Mikey Weinstein, chairman of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me in an Aug. 21 telephone interview that commanders place pressure on troops every day to accept their religious beliefs.
“If you think that kind of behavior has stopped, you’re wrong,” he said.
Weinstein vehemently opposes what he calls “illegal command pressure.”
He’s right. But it’s not easy to be in agreement with him. Weinstein has a relentlessness that can be off-putting, even to people who share his opposition to proselytizing in the military. He told me he receives death threats. He told me he is “the most reviled graduate of the Air Force Academy.” He was in the Class of 1977.