The Pentagon allegedly told the Air Force to remove a video from the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst YouTube site because its mention of ‘God’ might offend Muslims, Atheists and Agnostics. The video, a tribute to 1st Sergeants, was originally a poem written by a Chaplain at the base and the video tribute was modeled after the famous Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial titled “God Created A Farmer.” The video was taken down from the site when Officers voiced their objection. The Chief of the Air Force News Division objected to the video stating in an email obtained by Fox News that he was “concerned about how an atheist, agnostic or Muslim might take the video” because of it’s mention of “God” and the words “on the eighth day God created,” because of its “Christian overtones.”
The decision to censor this video is not the first such event. Just recently a painting at the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho was removed when Mikey Weinstein filed a complaint because the painting contained a reference from the Bible, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Mikey Weinstein is the founder of the nonprofit Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a one-man operation that pays him a quarter of a million dollars a year to suppress any religious speech that may be considered “proselytizing”. In a Huffington Post piece he stated “we face 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.” Not all Christians in the Military are trying to push God on their subordinates or fellow soldiers—so how is it that someone like Mikey Weinstein can have the power to remove any mention of God?
In 2012 the Air Force removed the Latin word for “God” from the logo of an Air Force acquisitions office. Several Congressmen joined to write a letter to Air Force Secretary expressing their objection to this move. According to the Air Force, the reference to “God” was removed due to complaints from the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. And a proposed Army Manual tells soldiers not to speak ill of the Taliban, pedophilia, or women’s rights. Some in Washington D.C. have stated soldiers ignorance of the Afghan culture is what is claiming the lives of our coalition forces. Obviously this did not go over well with top U.S. Commanders in Afghanistan, and certainly doesn’t help the morale of our warriors!
Why is it that in today’s America, leaders in our Armed Forces are willing to eliminate even the mention of God from a video meant only to recognize and pay tribute to 1st Sergeants? Why is there an effort to de-sensitize our Military to the threat of our enemies? Why is it that our faith, our right to religious freedom is being ripped away by those very people sworn to uphold it? Why are certain groups such as followers of Islam are protected, but not Christians? Outrageous indeed, and perhaps we need to follow the trail to see who is leading this attack.