USAF Enlisted POW Cites Need for Faith
In a interesting case of coincidental timing, at the same time Michael “Mikey” Weinstein was demanding the removal of Bibles from POW/MIA displays — Bibles that represented “the strength gained through faith” in captivity — the longest-held enlisted POW, retired Capt. William A. Robinson, was telling Airmen at Lackland AFB about the faith he needed to survive [emphasis added]:
“I had faith in myself, faith in those around me, faith in my country and faith in my God,” said Robinson.
Capt Robinson’s story was mentioned here in 2013 — the first time a POW/MIA table was attacked. (Notably, the IG and EO office defended the table then, and the story died.) Of course, it isn’t just him. Retired USAF Col Fred Cherry said the same thing, as have many other POWs.
Faith in God helped them survive, and it helped them return with honor.
That’s why it is fitting that POW/MIA displays, which have symbols representing many aspects of separation and captivity, generally include a Bible.
This isn’t to say these former POWs would ‘demand’ a Bible on a POW/MIA table — no one else is making that demand, either. But it seems fair to say that these former POWs — in whose memory the table is set — did gain “strength through faith” and would appreciate the symbolic setting of the table, including the Bible.
That’s not enough for Mikey Weinstein, whose hatred for Christianity is so strong that he called a Bible on a table “illicit” and
a pernicious example of unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian primacy, supremacy, exceptionalism and triumphalism.
And why is a Bible such an affront to Weinstein? Well, because Jesus.
Since Weinstein likes to cite numbers, it is notable that he has a few “clients” — one, in one case — who were offended by the Bibles, none of whom was a POW/MIA. By contrast, the ACLJ reported more than 120,000 signatures on their opposing petition defending the Bible.
Notably, Mikey Weinstein would probably say Gen Robbie Risner “spiritually raped” his fellow POWs, as he went so far as to order them to pray and attend church services. Because that’s the kind of classy guy Weinstein is.