About Mikey Weinstein, Atheist Who is Attacking Christians in the Military

originally published at http://colemanluck.blogspot.com/2013/05/about-mikey-weinstein-atheist-who-is.html

About Mikey Weinstein, Atheist Who is Attacking Christians in the Military

I’ve been thinking a lot about Mikey Weinstein, the atheist who is leading the charge against Christians in the military. Let me tell you a story.

In November of 1967 I arrived in Vietnam. I was what was known as a “butter bar,” a green second lieutenant, just eight months out of Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. I was 22 years old. My first two weeks “in country” were spent at a “reception station” where all of us got some additional training and acclimated to the heat and the time change. Finally, my orders came through to go to a specific unit. They came late at night and I had to report immediately to an infantry battalion that was leaving in the morning to back up the 4rth Infantry Division. They were in some deep, deep #%&@ in a place called Dak To in the Central Highlands. Needless to say my stomach was churning just a bit.

So, close to midnight, I arrived in the battalion area. My first duty was to report to the battalion commander, a lieutenant colonel. I was told that he was in the officers club (just a large tent with a makeshift bar) with all the other officers of the unit. I thought that probably they were having a tactical meeting in preparation for the next day’s festivities. Not quite. When I entered, I discovered that they were well into their “cups.” Yes, they were getting drunk the night before a large combat mission. That was a bit disturbing.

I reported to the battalion commander. He ordered the bartender to get me a beer. That’s when the difficulty started. I thanked him, but told him I’d take a Coke instead. (I had grown up in a conservative Christian community and, at the time, didn’t drink alcohol of any kind.) The battalion commander stared at me. Then, he ordered me to drink a beer. Can you imagine a more surreal situation? What weird dimension had I entered? As politely as possible, I declined his order. I knew it was illegal, but I really, really didn’t want to offend the man. That’s not a good way to go into combat.

Lieutenant Colonel Baldwin (I will never forget his name) proceeded to lock my heels, standing me at attention and, for the next hour, in front of all the other officers of the battalion, he berated me for not drinking, for being married (yes, that too) and for being a second lieutenant. Over and over he ordered me to drink and over and over I politely declined. (Let’s be honest, at a certain point I would have drunk acid before I drank one of his beers.) Now, I didn’t announce that I was a Christian. But that was obvious because back then about the only people who didn’t drink were Christians or Mormons. The man was drunk, so after an hour I just wore him out. Finally, he gave up.

A week or two later the chaplain took me aside and told me that he admired me for the stand I had taken against the bully. But neither he nor any other officer stood up for me that night. Strangely, I didn’t write to my mommy and daddy, complaining about the harassment that I had received. I didn’t complain ten months later either. By that time I was a combat experienced first lieutenant and the executive officer of a rifle company in the same battalion. A captain arrived to take command of the company. He was a West Pointer. When he found out that I was a Christian who had attended the Moody Bible Institute he announced that he was an ex-Christian who had once learned a hundred Bible verses and been involved with a campus ministry. But he could only mock me so far because I had more combat experience than he did. While he could mock my faith, which he did, he couldn’t mock me as a man or a combat officer.

What’s the point of this? I’ve read the story of Mikey Weinstein and his son who both complained bitterly that Christians had harassed them at the Air Force Academy.

 

Let me be clear, I don’t believe in harassing anyone ever for their religious beliefs or lack of them. (There are plenty of other reasons to harass people that are far more enjoyable.) But Christians have been harassed in the military for almost 2000 years. (Read the story that comes out of ancient Rome called the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste. They were the pride of the Roman army and they died for their faith.) As a Christian, you expect harassment and discrimination. It comes with the territory wherever you are. So suck it up.

 

I don’t think the real issue for Mikey Weinstein is oppression because of his atheism. Neither do I think it’s oppression because he and his son are Jews. I’ve known brave, tough soldiers who were atheists and Jews. They could take anything thrown at them and they have my eternal respect both as men and warriors. I think the real issue for Mikey Weinstein and his son is gutlessness. They are wusses. Mama’s boys. I’ve known boys like this in the army. They couldn’t take the heat. While the other men were sucking it up and going through the rough training, they were writing to their Congressman.

The military is a crucible. It brings out the best or the worst in a person. If you are a whiner and a complainer you get no respect and that must haunt you. I suppose it might make you furious enough to spend the rest of your life lashing out at those you blame for your own failure. I’m sure it would be important to convince yourself that, in reality, you aren’t a coward, you’re really a defender of freedom.

I feel sorry for Mikey Weinstein and his son. They should have our pity, not our anger.

Responses from MRFF supporters:

I thought for a brief moment that after this ass-hat talked about standing up to bullies he got it and he realized you were standing up for the bullied.  Instead of being bullied to drink our heroes are standing up to weaponized Christianity.  But he compounds his ignorance by accusing you and your son of cowardice (if he even half looked into it he would know you had two sons that faced this at the Academy). He sets up a false premise about oppressed atheism or Judaism when its about oppressed Constitutional protection. 

Ironically, I thought he was a whiner and complainer when he was a butterbar, retreating to his chaplain, and wallowing in their self righteous self pity and nothing changed and the reason nothing changed was because that battalion commander was allowed to get away with that behavior.  No one intervened and stopped that clearly lawless behavior by a commander.  Even in the Vietnam era a battalion commander could not order a subordinate to drink. So I ask you, who is the coward? The loser that retreats to his circle fest of like minded losers and whispers behind the back of the battalion commander and his sychophants or the Mikey Weinstein that endures the slings and arrows of leading the charge against the bully in a very public and exposed way, putting himself and his family in the danger of death threats?
As for being a failure, has he ever been nominated multiple times for the Nobel prize?  Has he ever served as legal counsel for a fortune 500 executive?  Has he ever served as White House counsel?  Has he ever endured four years of Academics and military training and coming out a DG?
This guy’s blog is even worse that the illiterate profanity laced death threats you receive every day. He thinks he is the smartest guy in the room but his condescending ignorance is not as clever as he thinks it is. He is lazy and has not done his homework. He is the gutless wuss who is pitching this to the cheap seats–all your haters who even rival his ignorance.  If this is any indication of the research he has done for his novels then I am embarrassed for him.  And who self proclaims themselves a “mentalist?”  
(name withheld)

Dear Mr. Luck;

I just finished reading your May 2013 screed against Mikey Weinstein (forwarded by him), his activities, and the U.S. Constitution (Article VI, paragraph 3, & 1st Amendment) – why do those who criticize Mikey so hate America’s underlying principles? – and my immediate thought was that your lack of insight into Mikey’s motivations & goals betrays the lie of billing yourself as a ‘mentalist’, i.e.; one who presumes to know others thoughts – although ‘mental’ or ‘delusionist’ may be apt.

Your essay also evidenced some very dysfunctional emotional traits characteristic of the ‘group think’ that has created an American Empire capable of, and evidently willing, to destroy humanity in the name of hegemony & profit. To wit: Extolling your willingness to validate, indeed support as somehow beneficial, the humiliating, puerile, and infantile ‘ritual of passage your colonel forced upon you in ‘Nam as some perverted form of ‘manhood rite’ demonstrates your own subordination to the same narcissistic and juvenile values he demonstrated rather than supporting a more mature and humanistic view that such behavior is not only insupportable as a dignified means of human interaction, but was blatantly illegal under military law, but which you didn‘t have the wherewithal to demand justice under. Why do you support bullying as somehow proving manhood rather than merely proving that bully’s can rule if nobody has the cojones to stand up to them (rather your essay suggests that just meekly accept the bullying was a ‘victory’ – Pyrrhic at best!).

Further, your bandying your exploits and ‘accomplishments’ in Viet Nam as something worthy of praise & value rather than recognizing that your personal activities helped result in the deaths of over 2 million innocent Vietnamese (and untold numbers of Laos & Cambodians) whose only crime was merely wanting to live their own lives, or worse, insisting on the democracy we preached (but refuse to accept when the vote goes against our interests). Rather, you glory in having acted as the enforcement arm of American imperialism in a war based on a bankrupt political concept (the discredited ‘Domino Theory’), fomented by propagandistic lies of attacks on our naval units (the ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ lies), and supporting violent anti-democratic U.S.-installed puppet governments (in the name of ‘democracy’… ironic, eh? You might wish to read Gen. Smedley Butler on this subject).

Thus it comes to mind to ask, why are you so opposed to someone who spends his life fighting against the very injustices you were forced to endure against all human dignity and military law? Are you such a slave of ‘the system’ that you cannot escape it’s grasp on your own mentality? A sad commentary for a ‘mentalist’. It makes one consider a kind of perverse ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ in which the victim so identifies with one’s tormentors that they cannot act in their own rational self-interest. It also leads me to think, to quote: ‘have you no decency, sir?’

Happy Holidays,

Rael Nidess, M.D.
Marshall, TX

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