Weinstein, a registered Republican, apparently does not like his characterization as being “left-wing”, “radical”, and “anti-Christian” in a new fundraising e-mail distributed by Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.) asking supporters to sign a petition to “Protect Religious Freedom in the Military Pledge,” -despite the fact that he is not even named in the e-mail. Much has been written about Mikey Weinstein, founder of the civil rights advocacy group Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), who allegedly influenced the Pentagon to punish Christians who pushed their faith on other members of the military. The Pentagon was forced to “clarify” their position:
“The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement. “The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members.”
“Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization).”
This is the Bachmann email in question:
“What if our brave soldiers were told they couldn’t practice their religion? That they were able to fight for OUR religious freedoms but they couldn’t practice their own?
This may seem far-fetched, but unfortunately if some get their wish, it could soon become a reality.
You see, just last week Pentagon officials met with left-wing, anti-Christian activists to discuss military issues. And one of their biggest concerns? Not military readiness… Not sexual assault… Not the safety of our brave men and women… But religion and religious proselytizing in the military.
How radical are these anti-Christian activists consulting with the Pentagon? One of the activists in the meeting compared sharing the gospel to “spiritual rape” and “treason” that should be “punished.”
If you agree that we cannot and should not prevent our military from practicing their own faith, then I hope you will sign the pledge and afterwards forward to your friends and family.”
“We are caucusing with our legal counsel to consider the most expeditious course of action we can take in a federal court to stop these bald-faced lies,” Weinstein said. “About 96 percent of our members [at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation] are Protestant or Roman Catholic … of our unpaid volunteers, at least well over 80 percent are Christian … I say [to Bachmann]: Tell it to the judge.”
Exactly what are the “bald-faced lies”? Would it be that no one is trying to prohibit soldiers from practicing their faith? We are not stupid. We all understand that what Weinstein wants is his own version of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” implemented against Christians in the military. As for the other “false” claims, his own words collaborate every detail written in Ms. Bachman’s email.
Sally Quinn ,from the Washington Post, wrote in a column of an interview she had with Weinstein following his meeting with Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon:
“Weinstein told me after the Pentagon meeting that military leaders need to understand that “there is systematic misogyny, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the military.” He said it is all part of the same culture. “This [proselytizing-mine] is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”
In a blog dated May 9, 2013, Weinstein wrote:
“…I founded the civil rights fighting organization the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to do one thing: fight those monsters who would tear down the Constitutionally-mandated wall separating church and state in the technologically most lethal entity ever created by humankind, the U.S. military.
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. Oh my, my, my, how “Papa’s got a brand new bag….
If these fundamentalist Christian monsters of human degradation, marginalization, humiliation and tyranny cannot broker or barter your acceptance of their putrid theology, then they crave for your universal silence in the face of their rapacious reign of theocratic terror. Indeed, they ceaselessly lust, ache, and pine for you to do absolutely nothing to thwart their oppression. Comply, my friends, and you, too, become as monstrously savage as are they. I beg you, do not feed these hideous monsters with your stoic lethargy, callousness and neutrality. Do not lubricate the path of their racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Doing so directly threatens the national security of our beautiful nation.”
Evidently, Weinstein can repeatedly denigrate Christians as spiritual rapists, anti-Semitic, Islamaphobic, savage, fundamentalist, hideous monsters. But, don’t describe him as left-wing, radical, anti-Christian- he can’t take it.
Here’s my question: Can I sue Mikey?