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“I’ll tell you who I feel for: It’s those younger
men and women of faith who don’t have their
retirement locked in yet,” Lee said. “They have
to make a choice between those two three-letter
words they love so much—God and job. And I
don’t agree with that.”
Lee recalled once hearing a retiring general advise 48 newly minted admirals and generals in a
farewell briefing to “be absolutely apolitical and
to check your religion at the door.”
That let Lee know a potential fight was coming
for the right to talk about Jesus. His courageous
remarks at the prayer event thrust him into the
public battle for religious rights.
“I’m not an activist, I’m not on a mission, and
I’m not going on offense,” he told Decision. “But
I’ll go to the mat on defense if required to in order
to fight for the religious freedoms we have under
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f you believe in Jesus, trust the iner-
rancy of the Bible, share the Gospel
hoping others receive salvation and
fervently stand for traditional Christian
values, you’re a monster.
At least that’s the view of Mikey Weinstein, a self-professed agnostic who’s waging war against what he calls fundamentalist evangelical Christianity in the military.
He’s the leading voice—loud and
with plenty of vitriol—in the effort to restrict the freedom of men and women in
the armed forces to share their faith in
Christ and to express biblical views on
“He’s on a campaign to remove all vestiges of Christianity from the military as a
whole,” said retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin,
executive vice president of the Family Research Council.
Weinstein wrote in a Huffington Post
article that fundamentalist Christians are
“bloody monsters” with a “putrid theology” and are guilty of “degradation, marginalization, humiliation and tyranny.”
Weinstein heads the Military Religious
Freedom Foundation (MRFF), claiming the
majority of his 33,000-member group is
“I’ve had conversations in the past with fellow
flag officers in which we hypothetically asked the
question, ‘What issues, based on principle, would
you be willing to throw your stars on the table for?’
This is that issue for me—God forbid it should ever
come to that.”
Boykin warns that far more is at stake than the
future of the military. He says the direction of the
nation hangs in the balance, too.
“This is the anchor of our society,” Boykin said.
“The military is the most respected institution in
America. So if you want to change the rest of society, you have to target the military.
“If they do what they are trying to do, which is to
totally change the culture and rob us of the JudeoChristian values that still reside in the military … the
consequences could be catastrophic.” D ©2013 BGEA
Protestant or Roman Catholic. He says
the organization aims to protect people
of different beliefs from being subject to
a pervasive Christian influence.
Ironically, under that cloak of liberty,
he is attacking one of the nation’s most
cherished institutions, which since the
Revolutionary War has safeguarded freedom of religion and speech.
Weinstein has said reports of his intentions have been exaggerated, but the
intensity of his efforts and the bombastic
way he flaunts his growing influence in the
military hierarchy suggests otherwise.
On May 31, he called the Pentagon and
issued a one-hour deadline for the removal
of a painting with a biblical reference from
the dining hall of an Air Force base in Idaho. The Air Force complied in 56 minutes.
Later that day, the Huffington Post broke
the news in an article written by one of
Weinstein’s staffers under the headline
“The Pentagon Most Certainly Is Listening to Mikey Weinstein.”
Though that was flagrantly self-promoting, over the past three years it has
certainly been the case.
On Jan. 31, Boykin was pressured to
withdraw from a Feb. 8 speaking engagement at West Point after Weinstein
labeled him a “vile Islamaphobe.” In
2010, Weinstein issued a similar complaint leading to BGEA president Franklin
Graham being disinvited as the primary
speaker at the Pentagon’s National Day of
Weinstein is an honors graduate from
the Air Force Academy with conservative
roots that go back to his serving as a White
House counsel in the Reagan Administration. In late April he met with top-ranking
Air Force officials, leading them to consider
court martials as a consequence for religious proselytizing in the military.
Weinstein’s passion for the issue is
rooted in anti-Semitism he said members
of his family experienced in the Air Force.
He has said fellow airmen asked his sons
how it felt to know they were going to hell
and that their forefathers killed Jesus.
Boykin said if that happened, it does not
reflect the heart of authentic Christianity.
“None of us who are true Christians,
standing on the Word of God, would do
anything to harm the Jews or the nation
of Israel,” he said.
The ferocity of Weinstein’s attacks
has caused some to describe him as a
modern-day Saul of Tarsus—pre-Damascus Road—and has prompted prayers for
“Anyone who expresses himself with
such language, demonstrating hate and exuding that kind of emotion, I am concerned
for them,” said retired Col. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplains Alliance
for Religious Liberty. “I do pray that he will
come to see the hope that he can have.” D
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Decision Magazine - July 2013
Decision Magazine - July 2013
My Hope America With Bily Graham
Table of Contents
Good News: Billy Graham Message
Rapid Response Team: Offering Comfort After Oklahoma Disaster
My Hope With Billy Graham: Doing What Comes Naturally
The War on God's Word
The War on God's Word: Military Assault
The War on God's Word: Why Biblical Christianity Is Intolerable In An Age of 'Tolerance'
The War on God's Word: Sports At Center Of Debate
The War on God's Word:Tolerance and Academic Freedom
The Ten Commandments: Remember the Sabbath Day
Following Him: Drawing Strength From God's Presence
Good News: Our Most Urgent Need
The Quiet Heart: My Strength and Shield
Bible Study: His Family Tree
To The Point: Like the Romans, 'Without Excuse'
Ruth's Attic: What Lies Ahead
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