Weinstein Revels in Publicity, Publisher Decries Pentagon Hostility
Despite “protesting” for weeks that his relationship with the US Air Force has been mischaracterized, Michael Weinstein of his self-founded Military Religious Freedom Foundation recently touted his inimitable influence over the US military.
At Breitbart.com, Ken Klukowski of the Family Research Council notes that Weinstein’s recent bragging seemingly contradicts the Pentagon’s efforts to downplay their relationship.
One month ago the Pentagon assured the public it was not being advised by anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein. Yet two days ago Weinstein called the Pentagon demanding that a Christian painting be removed from a dining hall in an Idaho Air Force base, and the Pentagon complied with his demand–in less than one hour.
Klukowski notes that Weinstein brags he got action in less than an hour, while US Congressmen haven’t gotten a response to their queries in weeks.
The “Christian painting” was described by the publisher for the print as an homage to first responders following the terrorist attacks of 2001. (It seems some MRFF allies, including Weinstein’s “research” assistant Chris Rodda, were convinced the police officer in the painting was actually a USAF bomber pilot.) The publisher also said they had tried repeatedly to contact the Pentagon and Mountain Home Air Force Base, where the “incident” occurred. They released a statement expressing disappointment at the “Pentagon leadership” for “hostility” toward a noble message:
“It is our belief that this message is one that the modern day military should be proud to embody — the idea of integrity in the service of peace…The military is an embodiment of the ultimate peacemaker, a pursuit blessed in Scripture. It would seem this is a message that the Air Force should be willing to foster, not censor.”
It would seem the production company thinks there is some virtue to the message — virtue that was ignored in the quick response to placate Michael Weinstein.
Ken Klukowski summarized similar concerns:
Given Weinstein’s published anti-Christian statements, his relationship with top military officials should raise eyebrows.