MIKEY’s OP-ED – Air Force General Defies/Defiles Law By Witnessing for Jesus in Full Uniform on Worldwide TV

That terrible warning to the USA, often attributed to the first American writer to ever win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1930), the great Sinclair Lewis, is now more terribly applicable than EVER; “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

That time has come, my friends, and it’s BEEN coming for quite a while now.

The United States Military has undergone a slow-motion fundamentalist Christian coup d’état. On perhaps no other occasion has this been made clearer than in the brazenly illegal, anti-Constitutional, and wholly theocratic speech delivered on Capitol Hill by United States Air Force Major General Craig Olson to the assembled guests at a 2015 National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, 2015. Unbeknownst to most Americans, yet broadcasted internationally via fundamentalist evangelical television (seriously, it’s actually called “GOD TV”) and internet streams, the uniformed Major General’s insipid 20-minute sermon revealed the frightening face of viciously intolerant, Christo-fascistic religious extremism run amok throughout the U.S. Armed Forces. The worldwide and national security implications of such a Christian supremacist force unleashed throughout our armed service branches is staggeringly high, yet the issue mournfully remains largely ignored by the lassitude and willful ignorance of mainstream press outlets.

Simply put, there IS no more profound clear and present danger to our American way of life than mixing this rabid theology of “Weaponized Jesus” with the vast weapons of our American military’s arsenal.

So, beyond the stridently hostile and cretinous views of Olson towards the religious liberties of the founding document of this nation (the U.S. Constitution and especially its Bill of Rights), what else can we say about the man? Let’s go directly to the source.

Our perpetrator, Major General Olson, is the Program Executive Officer for C3I and Networks at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, 20 miles northwest of Boston and an installation of great strategic importance to the United States military.  As the highest-ranking, superior officer at Hanscom AFB, Olson is in charge of acquiring the critical war fighting information systems and radar, communications, intelligence, and networking equipment for the entirety of the U.S. Air Force (worth nearly $11 BILLION of U.S. taxpayer funds). Olson also leads and commands 2,200 subordinate Air Force personnel at the base.

Judging by Olson’s OWN words about himself at the National Day of Prayer Task Force event, the man is clearly unfit for the job. He unmistakably lacks both the ability and the training to do the job that he was promoted to (apparently without the direct intercession of his version of God/Jesus). Judge for yourself:

“He put me in charge of failing programs worth billions of dollars. I have no ability to do that – NO TRAINING TO DO THAT – God did that.”

“He sent me to Iraq to negotiate foreign military sales; deals through an Arabic interpreter. I have no ability to do that – I WAS NOT TRAINED TO DO THAT – God did all of that.”

“I also went in as a very self-sufficient person. I thought if you work hard, study hard you’ll do fine and that was working great in high school. Did not work very well at the Air force Academy. That’s where I realized I had a very limited intellectual ability.”

“I still carry in this pocket my transcript from the Air Force Academy – as Exhibit A in the court of law – that you’re not a gifted intellect; you have no real academic skills.”

– National Day of Prayer Task Force May 7, 2015

“At the end of his speech, Olson asks the audience to pray for Defense Department leaders, who ‘need to humbly depend on Christ.’ He also asks them to pray for troops preparing to deploy again so they can ‘bear through that by depending on Christ.’” – Jeff Schogol, Staff Writer, Air Force Times, May 15, 2015

Well, every cloud has its silver lining. In this case, effusive thanks are due to the extremist religious event organizers for creating a “special” space welcoming enough for Major General Olson to out himself as an utterly unqualified fraud and a casehardened fundamentalist Dominionist… but, alas, the gratitude ends there.

You may be asking yourself, “What IS this National Day of Prayer Task Force”, anyway?

Well, my friends, the National Day of Prayer Task Force (NDP Task Force) is the base, evil and vile vanguard of the Christian fundamentalist fifth column in the United States military. The monster hiding behind the mask of this semi-official sounding (and decidedly non-federal) “task force” is none other than Shirley Dobson, the lovely (and by “lovely” I mean hateful) wife of Dr. James Dobson, the notorious founder of the evangelical fundamentalist “empire,” Focus on the Family. The 2010 mission statement of the NDP Task Force is straightforward enough, claiming that its Crusade is to mobilize the Christian Community “to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: government, military, media, business, education, church and family.” Nice, eh?

Remember when Iraqi soldiers marched to war trampling on the U.S. flag, stars and stripes underfoot? The NDP Task Force events are similar in their utter disregard for the U.S. Constitution, only the “trampling” is carried out with the accompaniment of heavily armed Capitol Hill security and an official Department of Defense brass quintet, anthem singer, and color guard. The civil rights organization that I head, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has on multiple occasions sounded the alarm bells over the unashamedly unconstitutional nature of the group’s anti-American activities, which have been carried out with significant complicity and largesse from both the Pentagon and the United States Congress for many, many years.

Basically, the NDP Task Force is a putrescent Potemkin Village, an illusion of “respectability” crafted through artifice to shoehorn a truly bloodthirsty, sectarian, religious extremist agenda into those areas of civilian governance previously off-limits to organized religion thanks to the once-ironclad separation of church and state embodied by the No Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Think the Taliban, with formal shoes instead of sandals and significant and stealthy civil means of brutal coercion rather than AK-47s.

So our Major General Olson here is not simply a harmless howdy-doody/“Stepford Wife”/Ned Flanders type of character delivering homilies and platitudes to his assembled flock of like-minded fools. No, the man is a definite Constitutional scofflaw – one among many – whose delivered screed of fundamentalist Christian triumphalism DIRECTLY contravenes the controlling USAF regulation governing the “Balance of Free Exercise Religion and Establishment Clause,” Air Force Instruction 1-1, Section 2.12, which states that “Leaders at all levels […] must ensure their words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief, or absence of belief.” That’s not to mention Olson’s direct violation of the No Establishment Clause of the Bill of Rights as well as having constructively created a banned “religious test” in specific contravention of Clause 3, Article VI of the body of the United States Constitution, as well as violating the Joint Ethics Regulation (DoD 5500.7-R) and DoD Instruction 5410.19 that proscribe endorsing non-Federal and private entities such as the NDP Task Force.

Let me ask you, do you REALLY think that ANY of the 2,200 USAF personnel he commands have the balls to tell that to Olson, their commanding General?

Of course, I’m often accused of being “anti-Christian” for pointing out the above, which is inconvenient for some. That’s certainly NOT the case. But the truth is that I should NOT AT ALL have to explain the obvious clear and present dangers associated with the tragic juxtaposition and unlawful conflation of Major General Olson’s crisp, military uniform and senior military command rank with the noxious Christian fundamentalist message conveyed in his 20-minute, Tourette-Syndrome-esque “Jesus” speech. Common wisdom should dictate that when we’re involved in a protracted war against Islamic religious extremists and barbaric Muslim fundamentalists, we DO NOT send them potentially limitless propaganda “ammunition” to inestimably aid them in killing or maiming American military and civilian personnel. Indeed, our theocratic Islamist foes already equate our United States armed service personnel with medieval “Crusaders.” Do NOTHING to aid them in their crimes against humanity!

As the old saying goes, common sense is not quite so common. In the upper echelons of the U.S. Air Force as well as all other service branches, what is becoming all-too-common is the proliferation and promotion of outright constitutional criminals who should be charged as potential felons under the Uniform Code of Military for their repeated and deliberate transgression of countless rules and regulations (among which are those listed above) as well as the outright BREAKING of the solemn oaths they swore to support and defend the foundational values of the United States of America as embodied in our laws of the land.

I shouldn’t have to explain all of this to you – if the Pentagon were doing its job, General Craig C. Olson would be explaining HIMself to a General Courts Martial as well as the American people. And the very same fate should await his military accomplices and enablers, all of whom should be likewise punished to the full extent of military law.

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44 Comments

  1. Jack Cooper

    This guy should be court martialed.

  2. noreen pereira

    and so what can we do?

  3. James Hart

    All military personnel have the right to employ appropriate judicial means to protect their religious rights

  4. michael simas

    This is absolutely absurd. You cant mention God at a prayer breakfast? Its freedom of not freedom from. We should welcome all faiths and not condemn. I’ll pray for you all. God bless.

  5. ven

    You are doing the very thing that you yourself are trying to prohibit. You’re manipulating and twisting this to be about being patriotic to our country?! Whether the speaker chooses to state that his/her accomplishments are owed to themselves, God, Allah, USA, etc., it’s nothing you should take offense to. My faith in a creator or lack their of bares no relevance to whether or not I give shit about what someone else believes, speaks, or writes about. Hiding behind the law to promote your bigotry is shameful, and not what his country is about.
    The majority of society regardless of what they believe don’t care about your cause. The majority however have become apathetic and complacent, so the squeaky wheel gets the oil.
    You’re energy could be better spent on PTSS, benefits, retirement, and pay for our men and women in uniform.

  6. Ron Thompson

    Mikey is just another Christ hating Jew. I feel sorry for him and I hope he sees the light.

  7. Mark Twinkest

    This is totally nuts and of course he will not be court martialed. All you looney tooned liberals should butt out of what doesn’t concern you. Take your atheist BS and shove it!

  8. izzymp

    This is ridiculous, a Court Martial, Really? I don’t think he lost his civil right to free speech because he is an AF General! Go use your energy on productive stuff you haters!

  9. AU engineer

    Good for him for professing his faith! It is his right to express his faith and what the founding fathers set up. Get off the backs of the military members who have a faith. You preach tolerance but are so intolerant when someone shares an opposing view or does something that you deem wrong.

  10. Glenn White

    I can offend you, you cannot offend me. You have no rights, only my rights matter. Progressivism sounds rather regressive to me.

    The gentleman should not be court-martialed, he should be further decorated. Thank-you, Major General Craig Olson, for standing up for your beliefs.

  11. Boules

    Your name shouldn’t be military religious freedom. You should change it to freedom from religion because that is exactly what you’re advocating. The general did not give a sermon as you put it, He was giving credit were credit is due, to God. You shouldn’t call Christians haters because you’re the hater. Why do you hate God and his people so much? What have they done to you? all they show is love and compassion towards everyone. All you do is show hate and resentment. Maybe you should do your homework because separation of church and state never intended to inferring on anybody’s freedom of speech. It only meant that the government and the church as a whole should not tell one another to run its business.

  12. brian

    I applaud this officer for exercising his religious liberties in sharing his experiences i might not agree with him but i recognize the freedom he has as an American-great job Sir and thank you for serving my country and protecting my family,though we have different views I appreciate your rights

  13. Sam Silverman

    You people are F_cking idiots!!

  14. Boules

    Thank you Sam. That was very informative. You must be a member of this hateful foundation.

  15. Dg

    Mr. MW,

    Your hateful, disrespectful, venomous crusade directed against God loving Americans I’d despicable from any angle. Your hatred for all things pertaining to the any military servicemen’s constitutional right to free speech in regards to their personal faith is truly sickening.

    As a retired 30 year veteran, I see quite clearly that your venomous attack against a warrior of the General Olsen’s right to free speech is quite telling and speaks loudly of your obvious lack of character and moral courage.

    We who serve the Republic via the military do not abdicate our relationship to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ once we don the uniform. It is people like you sir who are the greatest danger to the future of this great nation. You are not worthy to shine the good General’s shoes.

  16. htinma

    I really am confused as to why an organization calling itself the “Military Religious Freedom Foundation” is attempting to violate someone’s first amendment rights.

    Or does freedom of speech only apply when someone espouses a viewpoint you agree with, as I strongly suspect?

  17. shawnG

    What your org is attempting to do Maj. Gen. Craig Olson is not only unjust, I find your efforts to crush Freedom of Speech / Religion a threat to our nation.

    As a retied USAF member, Combat Vet, and supporter of Freedom of Speech and Religion, I find The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is a just as disgusting as ISIS and the Westboro Baptist Church crew.
    However, you can not only thank a Vet for providing you those freedoms, I am GLAD you have this chance to let your ideas be heard (so we can see your true colors).

    Understand this, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson has a number of supporters, both in and out of uniform, so please, you do not speak for me and do not throw my support (or the support of countless others) behind your cause.

  18. Boules

    After watching the whole speech the general gave and watching some videos of you, I realized what a phony you are. You claim to defend our military personals freedom of speech! really? what about general Olson’s freedom of speech in a private setting non the less? Further more,Considering the mess many families in America are in, you should be grateful for the efforts the American Family Association is doing to preserve the integrity of traditional family instead of calling it hateful. Also sir, please do not mention the name Jesus and the commands he gave unless you are ready to accept him as your Messiah, Lord and Savior.

  19. Uncle Charlie

    Thanks Mikey, for pointing out to the many others who comment here do not understand about freedom and patriotism.
    You can say what you want as a private civilian, but when you are the uniform of the USA, your only duty is to your country – not your gods.

  20. Uncle Charlie

    Well, Boules, I can tell you that I am an American, and I have a family . . . and those hateful folks at the “American Family Association” do not represent my beliefs or values. But, now I see where you are coming from . . . you and the Rev. Wildmon should have your own religious fundamentalist country where you would be happy. Maybe you would be better off in Somalia, where they believe in that kind of thing.

  21. Boules

    Uncle Charlie, what kind of thing is that exactly? you mean the intact, traditional, healthy family? you don’t want that in the US?

  22. eagle12345

    Mikey, you’re an idiot. We support this general.

    Sincerely,

    The men and women of the United States Air Force

  23. Judgeedee

    Noticed Fox News used your piece for red meat, and it certainly brought the wolves. The truth is, if the code says you cannot represent ifor your religion in uniform, then don’t.

    Hang in there, Mikey.

  24. Mick

    Progressives are a cancer on society and you rotten pigs should all drop dead.

  25. William

    God help this foundation, court marshall this man for giving a testimony at a prayer breakfast? I would sugest that you people drop to a knee and ask Jesus into your heart, there is only one way to heaven and its thru Jesus. Evidently the name of this foundation is not what it says, so sad.

  26. Pete

    The time is fast approaching when decent Americans will take no more of YOUR progressive bullshit. When that time comes you will be hunted down and you will be punished accordingly. This nation was founded on Godly principles. Your org is a pathetic disguise for an attack vehicle on those principles and all that once made America a great country.

  27. HisSonDavid

    The first thing Gen, George Washington, the Father of our Country, did when he was commissioned as an officer was to gather his troops for a MANDATORY prayer. The troops were obviously free to believe what they wanted, but nonetheless they were REQUIRED to be there at the assembly. According to your warped view, he should have been court-martialed. Now SOMEBODY is not understanding SOMETHING. IT’S YOU. Gen.Washington could not force them believe, nor did he try to, but those under his charge were to follow his command. In his best conscience as commanding officer, he thought it best that they pray. That was his liberty as an American, and his authority as a general. No harm came to anyone, If you cannot understand this, you are unfit to fight for this country, for you do understand neither freedom nor military authority. Give up your uniform. We do not want you. We stand a better chance at victory without you, you godless, filthy pieces of trash. Go become Russian soldiers, that is where you belong. Do not ever expect that I will obey you or give you the respect due to a true American soldier.

  28. HisSonDavid

    PS From the Indian sharpshooter that with several shots dead on missed shooting Gen.Washington, to the fog in New York Harbor which allowed them to escape and regroup at a crucial point in the war, as well as many other such details in the American Revolution, it is obvious Gen,Washington had things right, I’m glad he had the troops pray.

  29. Robyn Niblock

    First of all, I hope no one believing if Jesus are those name calling here as we are called to love, not vilify. Remember, Jesus (God) loves the worst of us and showed that love on the cross.
    Yes, I find it ironic that and organization called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is persecuting a man for giving credit to God (Jesus) for his blessings in life.
    Remember, we life in a culture where the term “religion” is fluid and relative. Not many have a clue that the evolutionary humanist (couched in “scientism”) preached in every public educational institution is a religion. Countless tax payer dollars are wasted indoctrinating generation after generation into a lie with NO public outcry from Mr. Weinstein. Yet here is a man acknowledging the grace he’s received in his life being vilified and attacked by the head of a “religious freedom”? institution.
    The Christian influence in America cannot be refuted (it can only be denied), though it is waining and that we can see everyday.
    Shame on you for persecuting a man who served this country with honor, courage and dignity (traits strengthened by belief in Jesus). Before anyone launched into a rant about man can have morality apart from Jesus, remember God’s morality is black and white, man’s morality comes in fifty shades of gray.
    R. Niblock

  30. Don Rowley

    I might have helped you guys had I not found out about you because you are attacking Craig Olsen. I’m glad I found you that way. You need to practice what you preach. If an Imam or a Guru, even a Voudou priest did the same thing you would probably be behind him, but because he is a christian you blast him as a law breaker.

    As far as I’m concerned you owe the General an apology, otherwise go join the ACLU where you can bash christians and we just ignore you.

  31. Clifford H Albritton

    This organization who’s name seems to advocate religious freedoms simply turns my stomach. This is the rot and stench of Satan pure and simple….Satan’s goal is to tear down any and all of God’s warriors, God’s words and His name. Our nation has been blessed by God due to our foundations being built on his Word….our leaders have called on His name in prayer asking for His wisdom and guidance…may that never end. To you the leaders of this group, I pray for YOU….God hates your sin but not you the sinner….YOU are redeemable, but your heart must be softened from it’s hardened stone that it obviously is now ….you obviously have a tremendous amount of energy to pursue your objectives, I pray that just as Saul had a huge turnaround in his life, you too will have a Saul to Paul experience.

  32. Gary

    Your mission statement: No member of the military may be compelled to curtail – except in the most limited of military circumstances and when it directly impacts military discipline, morale and the successful completion of a specific military goal – the free exercise of their religious practices or beliefs.

    Are you not compelling the General to curtail the free exercise of his religion? Just saying…

  33. netizen_james

    I’m disgusted that even those of you who have sworn an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution seem to have no idea what it means. No, religious freedom does NOT mean that this general can go promoting SOME religions as superior to others IN UNIFORM and AS a representative of the US Government. Freedom of religion includes freedom FROM government officials using the CIVIL authority of government to promote SOME religious tenets as superior to others – (which invariably means denigrating, dismissing, and denying SOME person’s religious beliefs).

    See [http://www.jdstone.org/cr/files/schoolbibleclassesnoway1.html] if you need an object lesson on why that’s important. Always a bit of truth in humor!

    Keep up the excellent work Mike. If there weren’t some people hating on you, you would know you were doing something wrong!

    N_J

  34. anonymous

    this is just wrong. your entire article sounds like it came straight from mein kampf. i am a christian, i am in the military. god bless this man for not being afraid to proclaim who he is in front of his commrades and complete strangers. are you people so insecure with your own belifes that you can’t hear somebody elses? tell me again where in the constitution it says that a government official cannot proclaim their faith and share their story. stop the hate, it seriously makes you guys look like the bad guys.

  35. Trenton Eledge

    Do us all a favor and disband. Your organization is about as American as Joseph Stalin. Your organization is ignorant of American history. Your anti-Christian and according to many of our forefathers your anti-American. Let me ask you a question- what candidates has your organization endorsed? That will show your true colors. Stop hiding behind my flag.

  36. name withheld

    I’m laughing in disgust that Michael has chosen a very dramatic stance to the situation being discussed. I also find it funny how he has someone writing his responses (you seem to write back very quickly on your Facebook page –probably because you are on the iPhone/android app quite frequently finding your next victim). I believe your foundation cannot be that busy if you are picking battles with fellow Military Generals (GROW UP PETER PAN).

    Do you remember going to the Chapel at the Air Force Academy and wearing your military uniform, or when you took your oath to become an officer (conclude with ‘so help me God’) – do you remember this Michael?

    I feel like this energy you are spending speaking against a man serving our country is pitiful and childish. Do you need help finding a new hobby? If so… I would go to Pinterest.com (you can download the application for your phone as well) where you can find a better way to spend your “free time”. Good luck and I will be praying for your Grinch like attitude towards fellow officers.

  37. Donald

    What a complete bunch of tripe. Nowhere in the Constitution does it prevent a person, military or not, from proclaiming his faith and what that faith has meant to him. In NO WAY was the general forcing his faith on others. Please take your uninformed, idiotic witch hunt somewhere else.

  38. Haywood Jablomie

    “The Daily Kos” and “AlterNet” two extreme, left wing, anti-America propaganda sites. Why am I not surprised?

  39. Iprayed Foryou

    Tell me. Where do your donations go? To isis? Because the venom your are vomiting out of your mouth reminds me of the hooded, neck-slicing demon-possessed ones I see on the news. They need Jesus, as do you!

    The general did not say he was not competent. He said he could not have done it without God.

  40. James Daniels

    Taken from George Washington’s Farewell Address (In case you are unaware, an American military man, and 1st President of the United States of America: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars.”…”Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.”

    John Adams (President of the United States of America in an address to the U.S. Military, Oct 11, 1798): “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and a religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    As uneducated individuals like yourself pursue removing all vestige of Christianity from America, we hear cries for constant change to the Constitution, which has magnificently led our nation for over 225 years. Interesting that the call for removal of morality and religion (which guide human responsibility and accountability to someone higher than the self) are increasing the calls for Constitutional reform. Free speech now protects pornographers, but denies the populace to speak of their faith.

  41. clint redding

    Het folks, if talking heads like mikey didn’t have stupid stuff to say, they would be on welfare.
    I to get so tired of these morons running down religion, faith, morales ….on and on. Facts are they have more problems than a Edsel. When anyone disagree with their warped views they expirence physical pain.
    I would think that perveyers of information would be more concerned with the REAL perverters of religion…..ISIS
    REALLY; decapitation, murder,rape, crucifixion, slavery, all performed in the most heinous and diabolical manner.
    Last time I looked, Christians, Jews, even agnostics find this behavior abhorrent…..and you think your time is better spent condemning an Officer and Gentlemen for speaking his faith in face of Islamic Terrorism. What kind of small minded fools are you people? While you find yourself with more time when you are running down my country, look up the news post about Isis selling young, pretty virgins to sheiks, emams, soldiers, after they kill everyone else in the village. Well anyway, I won’t be hypocritical and offer a prayer for you, no matter how much you seem to be in need of it.

  42. AtheismIsAReligion

    Does this man and his organization ever attack any other religion or is it just Christianity he hates? Where are his protests against those who murder others over a cartoon pic of mohammed? Maybe if this man attacked Nidal Hasan for his “anti-American” comments, maybe he could have prevented the Fort Hood shooting? No. He’d rather cry like a baby because someone gave credit to God for their military service. Instead of fighting Sharia Law that is slowly being introduced into our justice system, Mikey would rather go after the guys wearing crosses. He needs to change his organization’s name from ‘Freedom from Religion’ to ‘I Hate Christians’. He doesn’t seem to care that yoga (Hinduism) is being taught in our schools. Even with the chanting, they want you to believe it’s just an exercise.

  43. Mass Effect

    I take it you haven’t fully read the Air Force regulation, as is very apparent by your rant about someone praying in the name of Jesus Christ. Please take time to read before you go on asking to destroy someones career. My guess is, if he prayed in the name of Mohammed, Buddah, etc it would not have mattered. Why does the name of Jesus Christ disturb you to the core? This is laughable and I do hope he presses charges against you and your organization, I know I would.

  44. bj

    get rid of the [email protected] news feed on the right side
    it’s really phusking annoying.
    every few seconds it jiggles the page and distracts from the article.
    if you’re so goodamm boring you need to do that, shut down this crap and open a porn site.

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