US Troops Pose with Cross. Mikey Weinstein Conniption to Follow.
A group of US Army Soldiers (and one Sailor) recently posed for a photo during training:
With a group of US troops posing in front of a flag with a Christian cross, Michael “Mikey” Weinstein will no doubt pontificate on the propaganda value such a photo provides for al Qaeda and ISIS, and how these troops are endangering the lives of their fellow troops, violating their oaths and the US Constitution, etc., etc., etc. Standard bigoted fare.
He’s wrong, of course, but such tripe is common from Weinstein, and he generally requires hyperbole and flights of fantasy to get his way.
In actuality, this a group of Reserve chaplains and chaplain assistants, and the flag is an official military Chapel Flag. So there’s nothing at all wrong with the picture.
That said, it is worth noting that not every Soldier in that picture is a Christian. For one, the Soldier second from the far right is wearing the insignia of a Buddhist. It might have been nice to include the chapel flags of all the faiths represented, but it seems likely only a couple of people in the group even thought to bring one.
At any rate, it’s a good picture representing chaplains and their assistants as they participate in training to prepare for serving their fellow troops.
And it likely caused Mikey Weinstein to have a case of the vapors, as seems to happen any time he sees a remote association of the Christian faith with the US military.