US Army Rebuffs Mikey Weinstein. Again.
Despite a complaint by the perpetually-offended anti-Christian Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, the US Army has said there was nothing wrong with a Bible being displayed on a POW/MIA table during an Army ball, because it was a private event:
“The individuals that participated in the ball have the right to express themselves as U.S. citizens under the First Amendment,” Lt. Col. Catina Barnes-Ricks, an 8th Army spokesman, said Monday in an email.
The statement went on to say they reminded Soldiers not to endorse religion:
As the result of the inquiry, 8th Army has disseminated guidance…that an improper official endorsement of any religion during an official military function is unacceptable.
While technically a “win” for religious liberty, the Army is only a half step away from saying the only reason for the win was they didn’t have jurisdiction over the event, anyway. The Army makes a dire insinuation about “official endorsement” — which is a simple restatement of the obvious. In this context, however, it may have a chilling effect on future official events, because it seems to imply that were a POW/MIA table to be at an official event, it would be “improper official endoresment of [a] religion” — which is ludicrous.
That would be an end sought by Mikey Weinstein, who believes flat out
…having a POW/MIA table with a Bible on it is wrong.
Will the Army target religious texts in the future, simply because they are religious texts? We shall see.