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When it comes to America’s armed forces, there is much to worry about these days: multiple tours of duty, traumatic physical and psychological wounds swamping Veterans Administration medical facilities, lousy pay, a possible strike against Syria, al-Qaeda wannabes lurking in far too many shadows, bent on carnage.
But there’s an internal threat to America’s military that Mikey Weinstein thinks you should be aware of: Christian zealots who abhor religious pluralism.
As far as they are concerned, he said, “There is ‘no time, no place, no manner in which we can be constrained from pushing our weaponized gospel of Jesus Christ on anyone. We have free reign to proselytize anywhere.’”
As Weinstein, an Air Force Academy honors graduate and former Air Force judge advocate general, notes, America’s armed forces aren’t like Starbucks where shift managers’ power over their staff is limited. In the military, he said, superiors have “tremendous power” — career-ending or career-promoting power — over subordinates.
And what Weinstein’s nearly decade-old organization, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has found is that religious zealots, known as Dominionists, all-too-often browbeat uniformed personnel into committing to a theology ripe with virulent homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and misogyny.
“It’s a tortured, poisoned view of patriotism,” said Weinstein. “It’s a metastasizing threat to this country.”