Mikey Weinstein: Its Not about Eliminating God
The Stars and Stripes repeated an article from the Newport News Daily Press noting Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s recent speech at the College of William and Mary. While Weinstein’s speeches are essentially verbatim at each venue, the article headlined and detailed an interesting quote:
“It’s not about eliminating God,” [Weinstein] said. “If that were to happen, we would be in someone’s face in two seconds. It’s about making sure you follow the procedures in deploying your version of God.”
His first sentence seems to be true. He has not advocated “eliminating God” — at least not the God he approves of — from the military or anywhere else. His second sentence is probably false, at least in the sense of intellectual consistency: His “two seconds” are actually an eternity in many cases in which Weinstein has remained noticeably silent even as US military troops claimed their religious liberty was being violated (including, specifically, multiple military chaplains).
What Weinstein has advocated is attacking any reference to Christianity in the US military — no matter how remote, and regardless of any value such associations may have had. What Weinstein has “[been] in someone’s face in two seconds” about is Christianity — and not just Christianity in the US military.
In his attempts to convince his acolytes of the seriousness of the threat he is “fighting,” Weinstein likes to “remind” people that German dictator Adolf Hitler “never had more than 8%” of the German nation in his National Socialist part. By contrast, Weinstein says he is
at war with a small subset of evangelical Christianity – about 12.6% of the American public, about 38 million Americans…
(More recently, Weinstein has said these ‘bad’ Christians make up more than a quarter of the US military.)
So, no, to Weinstein it isn’t about “eliminating God” — so long as those 38 million Americans act in a manner that Weinstein approves of when it comes to their God. And Weinstein has been quick — and acerbic — to voice his disapproval.
Weinstein has repeatedly indicated he disapproves of these evangelical Christians — whom he does not feel are the right kind of Christian — in government service. Weinstein has attacked Christians in the military for nothing more than practicing their faith by themselves. Weinstein has even gone after politicians — though he backed off when he was reminded of the line he can’t cross as he represents a 501(c)3 non-profit.
In other words, Weinstein doesn’t feel these evangelical Christians, by virtue of their faith, have a right to work in public service.
On that note: Since Weinstein likes the Hitler reference so much, it is worth remembering another historical fact. As noted at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum [emphasis added],
The first wave of [German] legislation, from 1933 to 1934, focused largely on limiting the participation of Jews in German public life. The first major law to curtail the rights of Jewish citizens was the “Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service” of April 7, 1933, according to which Jewish and “politically unreliable” civil servants and employees were to be excluded from state service.
Being unfit for public service was the first step in the Nazi’s long walk of persecuting Jews.
Mikey Weinstein sincerely — honestly — believes that Christians actively want to take over the United States (via its military) and begin a nuclear war. He really — truly — thinks Christians want to institute a second Holocaust. He really believes Christians are a “national security threat.”
Weinstein has clearly indicated he believes evangelical Christians should be kept out of public service.
Wonder when he’ll start demanding that Christians wear yellow crosses on their shirts.