Weinstein Threatens US Military with Yet Another Lawsuit
Michael Weinstein, frequent critic of religious freedom in the US military, has “threatened” so many lawsuits that he’s long become the boy who cries wolf. (Besides, the “wolf,” in the case, has yet to survive the first Motion to Dismiss — four times.)
The US Army has once again raised Weinstein’s ire by — shockingly enough — researching the ability to train chaplains the same way it trains other soldiers.
Weinstein finally got around to commenting on a subject noted here a month ago: The US Army is researching the ability to use simulations to train chaplains for battlefield scenarios, much like it does for medical personnel. As noted at the time:
Chaplains [already] go through training on how to survive the bullets and explosions…This simulator…will give chaplains multiple opportunities to experience real-life scenarios and practice their ministry in a controlled environment.
Weinstein would have none of it:
“We are gong [sic] to put the pedal to the metal on something like this. If necessary, we will consider intervening in federal court,” said Mikey Weinstein…
Laughably, even the otherwise-friendly article noted Weinstein’s vendetta against the military has nothing to do with his claim of “religious freedom” [emphasis added]:
[Weinstein is] a vociferous critic of what he sees as excessive influence and coercion in the U.S. military by fundamentalist Christians.
While Weinstein frequently claims troops come running to him because they’re being persecuted, this is an example of the opposite: Weinstein has found something in the military with which he takes issue — and now he has to find someone in the military who agrees with him [emphasis added]:
Weinstein said he is already searching for members of the U.S. military who have legal standing for such a suit.
Weinstein once published an ad looking for plaintiffs. It seems he has many axes to grind, but few who want to hold the blade in his stead.
Worse, Weinstein cites not a single objectionable fact in his “pedal to the metal” opposition to an Army research program. Instead, he returns to his familiar conspiracy theories:
Weinstein fears that a military chaplain training game will be a “Trojan Horse to further the objectives of fundamentalist Christianity…”
Again, its all about Weinstein’s obsessive fear and loathing of Christians. His attacks on the military have nothing to do with “religious freedom” — unless you count trying to restrict the religious freedom of Christians.
Whether a soldier wears a cross or an infantry badge, he needs to train for his mission. Many soldiers are already trained using the same medium. It seems Weinstein and his “charity” object to chaplains receiving training so they can better accomplish their mission: minister to wounded and dying troops in combat. That’s not a position likely to win him many allies.
Whether the Army should be spending money on research for a training program or whether such a simulation would be viable is certainly a valid topic of debate. (In point of fact, Weinstein provided a “former chaplain” for critical comment, and that’s the only issue he mentioned.) For the record, though, the Secretary of the Army just praised the value of simulation as a money-saver in a fiscally constrained environment.
However, to assert training chaplains is a doorway for any religious “objectives” is simply lunacy.
But that’s par for Weinstein’s course.