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Friday, September 26, 2014

Founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, interviewed by WORLD Magazine editor-in-chief and PHC faculty member Marvin Olasky as part of the Newsmakers Interviews Series.

Patrick Henry College bills itself as striving “to recreate the original American collegiate ideal with fearless learning for Christ and His Truth."

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Church-State Separation Denigrated at PHC

"I’m a 20XX graduate of Patrick Henry College. Needless to say, I was pretty surprised to hear that Mikey Weinstein of MRFF was speaking there. Separation of church and state was consistently denigrated during my time there—a frightening prospect, considering that I was a government major. The campus administration seemed a bit hesitant about Mr. Weinstein’s appearance as well. A few hours before his interview began, the administration sent out a campus-wide email calling Mr. Weinstein a “rather non-traditional guest” who would “bring[] an alternate and, by some standards, anti-Christian viewpoint.” To their credit, the email asked the students to be hospitable. It’s unfortunate, however, that separation of church and state in the military would be a topic that requires such an introduction.
Marvin Olasky, of World Magazine fame, conducted the interview. From the beginning, his questioning was unnecessarily belligerent. He presumed that Mr. Weinstein’s answers could be a simple yes or no (as if the law is that simple) and gave Mr. Weinstein little time to provide a detailed explanation about the various factors that would go into the legal analysis of a case. Despite Olasky’s shortcomings, it was a great interview. Mr. Weinstein gave as good (probably better) than he got, and the students heard a great explanation about the importance of the Establishment Clause in the military.

I very much appreciated Mr. Weinstein’s entering the lion’s den that is my alma mater in order to provide the students with another point of view. PHC rarely, if ever, invites a guest who is not a member of the Religious Right. Its students are intentionally trained to “bring Christ into the public square.” Giving the students a glimpse of the other side of the story is crucial. I know from my own time at PHC that the instruction provided does not always add up. That’s how I got out of that mindset myself. Yes, some students accept without question the fundamentalist-religious-beliefs-turned-political-prose that is typical of classes there, but many others are willing to march to the beat of a different drummer if you give them the tools to do so. After hearing some of the student reaction to the interview, I know many found Mr. Weinstein’s visit educational and interesting. For some, it could possibly have been eye-opening. I hope Mr. Weinstein can do it again someday!"

PHC Graduate's name withheld

Mikey, It Was Very Gratifying to See You In Action

> Mikey,
> It was very gratifying to see you in action. The interviewer is kind of a tool and you dispensed with him nicely. The kids were fascinating and not just because they were dressed like a page from a Tommy Hilfiger ad. WTF? Derringer? Thaddeus? really? HA!
> That douche that left the Army in the 80s was disingenuous. He was essentially calling us alarmist ninnies. Those same guys that were handing out condoms and visiting prostitutes in his time were many times the worst of the Dominionists in my experience. Back in the day, I always marveled at how they would weaponize Jesus to bludgeon people with their proselytizing and incongruously be the biggest barbarians socially. (HA! “Weaponized Jesus!”)
> My sense that time was at a premium and that these kids needed a chance to ask their questions is the only thing that kept me from answering that guys question about how things changed. Larry hit it out of the park. The biggest change is how they have metastasized in the senior ranks and the more there are, the more they could keep others out of the general and flag officer club. In the AF, Corona meets and approves the list of new generals. Ironically, its usually when they meet at the inter-Service football game at the Academy every year in the fall. The sock puppet head of senior officer matters (or whatever they are calling it these days) briefs the four stars behind closed doors and the way I understand it, it only takes one of the four stars to black ball a guy or gal. They go to the next guy or gal in the scoring and continue this whittling until they get the cast of like-minded schmucks that they want. Probably not news to you.
> I would also have been glad to give a real life example to that first line of questioning about command influence. My first squadron commander in xxxxxxxx had a sense of humor and when he saw he was getting this wet behind the ears second lieutenant copilot with a Jewish sounding name (me), he put me with an aircraft commander that was a notorious religious fanatic that was constantly annoying squadron mates with his proselytizing.
> I did not know much about the Dominionists back in 197X, but I had seen them for years at the Academy in the form of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Now I was to learn of this other incarnation that call themselves the “Navigators.” My aircraft commander was one such “Navigator” and he basically told me upon arrival that I could never get a “one” on my OER (the highest score) unless maybe I saved someone’s life. Being the kind of guy all of us grads are, I was having none of that and looked for ways to stand out. One way I could stand out in his esteem was attend his bible study. After all, I was sitting on SAC alert one week a month and could endure that if it meant my OER would notch up. That’s how it works. As repugnant as it was to me, I felt invisible pressure to attend this bible study and listen to grown (and misogynistic) men’s interpretation of the bible that I found preposterous. On top of that, these same Neanderthals were the same guys that headed to the brothels when we were TDY in the xxxxxx or xxxxxxxx.
> By way of epilogue, I attended a few times but ceased after one of the morons in the group told me that my sweet Jewish grandfather, who lived a pious and moral life, was going to hell because he did not have the savior like he did. I did not return to that group and took my “two” on the OER that I probably would have received anyway since that’s just the way the system worked. All six of the Second lieutenants (all my academy classmates) in my squadron got 2′s.
> Bottom line, as you can see, I was inspired to be there yesterday.
> As for home schooling, my son is married to a gal who was home schooled for all twelve grades by her very religious mother. The article gave me some great insight. While my daughter in law is a productive member of society, her written grammar is atrocious and it only makes me wonder about the other things she was supposed to have learned at home.
> Warm Regards,


Thanks Mr. Weinstein

Sir, I am a (class year description withheld) at Patrick Henry College and attended your speaking event today at the school where you were interviewed by Marvin Olasky. Speaking on behalf of many of us who attended, I wanted to thank you for the personal courage it must have taken for you to come here. We all saw your security guards and after going to your website at the MRFF we now know why you need them. While a lot of us can’t say much for Mr. Olasky’s offensive, sketchy interview “techniques”, we really can praise your excellent answers and instructive and even humorous commentary. You kept your cool and we learned so much. We also very much appreciated your MRFF friend Mr. Larry Wilkinson’s words as well. Of my (number of years withheld) years at this school this day was the most educational day ever! And I’m not the only one who feels that way. We see things differently now and we haven’t sacrificed our faith in Christ to do that. Please know that many of us here at PHC are in your corner from now on. We are sorry about what happened to your son at the AF Academy. Also I’m sorry that your dog passed away. I hope you know that the Lord loves you. (I sent a picture of you wearing your PHC baseball cap to my mom and dad who were worried about you speaking here.)

Yours in Christ, (Patrick Henry College student’s name withheld)

Pat robertson is right about You
(with MRFF responses)

We hate you little jew trouble-maker Michael Weinstein. We hate your jew wife and we hate your jew children. We hate everyone at vomit drinking Military religious Freedom foundation. We hate everything about you. Why? Because we are commanded to serve Jesus Christ of Nazareth the Prince of Peace and our Lord.

And who are we? We are everywhere the Lord Jesus is. You will never stop us all.

And Jesus hate all of you too. You stole the oath to Christ away from our soldiers. Just like you crucified our Lord and savior. And tried to blame romans. Blood on your hands little jew Michael weinstein.

Pat robertson is right about you. To expose you but good. For all of us to see. You all frighten the air force because your in league with husiene obama and satan.

But you don’t frighten us. We are military families washed in the Blood of the Lamb. The Armour of the Lord Jesus protect us from you and your wicked followers of the devil. Perish and burn followers of michael weinstein. May you children and wife rot before your eyes forevermore.

(name withheld)

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Mr. Weinstein Why?
(with MRFF Responses)

Mr. Weinstein, it seems to me and my fellow Air Force Academy grad classmates that you are pro-gay, pro-abortion, pro-Islam, pro-atheist, anti-Christian, anti-Jesus. anti-Bible, pro-females (over males), anti-Christmas, anti-military, anti-USAFA, anti-guns, anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian? Why are you so wrong on every issue that makes America the greatest country in the world, sir?

How did you ever even manage to graduate from our esteemed Academy?

Shame, shame on you and your Academy graduate children too.


xxxxxxx x. xxxxxxx, USAFA Class of xxxx

(You do not have permission to use my name, Academy graduating class or e-mail address)

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Praying (with MRFF responses)

Dear Sir, May God have mercy on your soul. I will be praying that you wake up before you do more damage to our country that God has blessed(inspite of people like you). In Jesus’ name I will pray for your heart to change.

(name withheld)

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