The Pentagon, after consulting with atheist Michael Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), has released a statement declaring it a military crime punishable by court martial and or discharge for U.S. military personnel, including chaplains, to proselytize any particular religion – with special emphasis on Christianity.
Weinstein met in private with Pentagon officials on April 23rd and said that U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of treason and should be punished to put an end to what he refers to as a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.”
Speaking with Foxnews, Weinstein continued:
“Someone needs to be punished for this. Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior.”
In a radical, hate filled diatribe complete with cyber-spit – which the huffing-glue-post was more than happy to publish, Weinstein lashed out a Christianity and those who practice the peaceful religion:
“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, also speaking with Fox – said that he was stunned “that the Pentagon would be taking counsel and advice from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.”
“Why would military leadership be meeting with one of the most rabid atheists in America to discuss religious freedom in the military,” Perkins said. “That’s like consulting with China on how to improve human rights.”
The FRC has set up an online petition against the atheist backed policy here. Quoting from that petition page, the FRC makes a noteworthy statement: “If chaplains and other personnel are censored from offering the full solace of the Gospel, there is no religious freedom in the military.”
In a December 2012 contrasting story, which to me speaks volumes as to the Pentagon’s direction as well as to the character and agenda of those actually in control of our military decision making, the Pentagon proposed an Army manual which indoctrinates our military personnel heading to Afghanistan in how to be sensitive to and accept Muslim and Afghan 7th-century religious customs and values. The manual warned them not to speak ill of the Taliban, advocate women’s rights or criticize pedophilia. Female U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan were also “strongly encouraged” (military lingo for ordered) to practice the Muslim tradition of wearing headscarves in an attempt to appease the local population.