HUFFPOST – The First Casualty of Religious Wars Is Truth

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith
    Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist For Religious Tolerance Policy
    Raid on Religion- Will Christianity Be Wiped Out of the Military?
    Pentagon/U.S. Military Designate Christianity a “Hate Group”
  • What would be your response to these headlines? They were clearly calculated to stir up those who have strong feelings about the exercise of religious liberty in the military. But are they true?The target audience of these bloggers is conservative Christians in the military and their civilian supporters. Over the past decades these conservative Christians have had almost full reign within the military and disproportionally make up most of the Chaplaincy. They also hold many senior leadership positions in the uniformed services.
  • The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), founded by USAFA graduate and former Air Force officer, Attorney Mikey Weinstein, has been in the forefront in calling public attention to what they believe is the military’s violation of the separation of church and state mandated by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, otherwise known as the Establishment Clause. Weinstein is outspoken, unyielding and determined in has advocacy for the more than 30,000 military members of his organization who are mostly Christians. Some of his writings, such as his recent HuffPost blog are often decried as highly offensive and anti-Christian.
  • Why the outcry over a meeting Weinstein participated in with Department of Defense (DoD) officials in April? Simply put, these religious conservatives are using this event as a rallying point to energize their grass roots base. They falsely claim that Weinstein and MRFF were hired as consultants. They contend he is acting in an official capacity advising the DoD on religious freedom issues. These falsehoods were not enough to rile up the base, so they then suggested Weinstein was working with Pentagon officials to develop courts-martial procedures to criminally prosecute Christians who express or share their faith. Again, not a shred of evidence to back this up.

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