Michael “Mikey” Weinstein of The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is demanding that Air Force Maj. Steve Lewis “be ‘aggressively punished’ for having an open Bible on his desk at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.” Weinstein is a bully masquerading as a civil rights champion. He has described evangelical Christian groups that don’t support his leftist social agenda as “monsters” and “hate groups,” “fundamentalist Christian creatures” and “bandits.”
“[Weinstein] says Christians — including chaplains — sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of ‘treason,’ and of committing an act of ‘spiritual rape’ as serious a crime as ‘sexual assault.’ He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are ‘enemies of the Constitution.’”
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The First Amendment is clear, Congress can’t make any law “respecting an establishment of religion” or “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. A soldier having an open Bible on his desk does not violate any part of the First Amendment.
It seems that some “33 unnamed Air Force personnel” complained about the open Bible. “We have 33 very scared Air Force families,” Weinstein told Todd Starnes of Fox News.
“Scared families” of Air Force personnel! What kind of soldiers is our country training that they are afraid of an open Bible? Starnes demonstrates how petty and ridiculous anti-Christian bigots are:
“Just a brief aside: If those Air Force personnel are terrified of a Bible – how in the world will they be able to muster the courage to fight the enemy?
“Apparently one of Weinstein’s gentle snowflakes managed to conquer his fear long enough to sneak up on the open Bible and take several photographs – which were then submitted as evidence.
“For the record, there is no evidence that any of Weinstein’s clients spontaneously combusted or converted after glancing at the Holy Bible.”
With the above information, our enemies will only have to start flinging Bibles at our soldiers to get them to cower in fear and run home to mommy sucking their thumbs to find a safe space in the basement.
By the way, Maj. Steve Lewis’ Bible is open to Philippians 4:8 which is highlighted in yellow:
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
The only writing on the page is the word “Peace.” I know, this is some scary stuff.
I wonder what Weinstein would say about comments made by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his tenure as president and Commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Was FDR committing “spiritual rape” when he said the following in an address he gave on October 6, 1935?:
“We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Its teaching, as has been wisely suggested, is ploughed into the very heart of the race. Where we have been truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity; where it has been to us as the words of a book that is sealed, we have faltered in our way, lost our range finders and found our progress checked.”1
Roosevelt declared the following on March 9, 1937:
“I hope that you have re-read the Constitution of the United States in these past few weeks. Like the Bible, it ought to be read again and again.”
While running for his third time, in a Brooklyn speech, Roosevelt said the following on November 1, 1940:
“[Communism and Nazism] hate democracy and Christianity as two phases of the same civilization. They oppose democracy because it is Christian. They oppose Christianity because it preaches democracy. Their objective is to prevent democracy from becoming strong.”
In his September 1, 1942, Labor Day Address, FDR said:
“PRESERVATION OF THESE rights is vitally important now, not only to us who enjoy them, but to the whole future of Christian civilization.”
On May 27, 1941, FDR stated in one of his radio addresses:
“The Nazis are as ruthless as the Communists in the denial of God.”
The first Bible I read as a child was my father’s New Testament that had been given to him as a soldier during World War II. It included the following prologue by President Franklin D. Roosevelt:
“As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States.
“Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration.
“It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.”
Surely Pres. Roosevelt’s comments would have made Mikey Weinstein’s head explode.
Not only is Mikey Weinstein a deluded anti-Christian bigot, he is also ignorant of the meaning of the First Amendment and the history of the United States. He’s also turning our soldiers into fighting marshmallows who seem to be more afraid of words in a book that bullets on the battlefield.