Troops Put Faith Above Country — and Mikey Weinstein Doesn’t Care
For all Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s vociferous pontifications on the principles of religious liberty, faith, and the US government, he’s never targeted other religions as he has Christianity. Weinstein and his acolytes are fond of accusing Christians in the military of being “dominionists” who put their faith above national allegiance. Weinstein is even quoted on his own website making the hypernationalistic assertion that
There is only one religious symbol: the American flag.
There is only one religious scripture: the American Constitution.
Finally, there is only one religious faith: American patriotism.
Putting aside the similarities between Weinstein’s shockingly tone-deaf quote and 1930s Germany, it is worth noting Weinstein and his MRFF have never had quite the same amount of vitriol for those of other non-Christian religions who have actually demonstrated their prioritization of faith over allegiance to the United States of America.
In the most obvious example, Mikey Weinstein has said hardly a word about the long — and growing — list of US citizens, veterans, and even active US military troops who have planned or actually attacked the US military — attacks motivated by their Islamic faith. (Mikey Weinstein and his “charity” even interacted with a Naser Abdo, a Muslim Soldier who would eventually be arrested for planning to bomb Fort Hood Soldiers. Even with that personal experience, Weinstein thinks Christians are the “danger.”)
In a less obvious example, Mikey Weinstein also hasn’t said a word about US citizens who have left America to join another nation’s military — also motivated by their religious faith:
Every year, hundreds of young Jewish American women choose to leave the Orthodox homes they grew up in and make aliyah in order to defend the State of Israel. ‘It’s a great mitzvah and an honor to serve in the IDF as a religious soldier,’ one explains; ‘I wanted to be part of the huge power defending Israel,’ says another.
Said Hannah Defore, a 21-year-old from Los Angeles [emphasis added]:
I totally loved my service and I am so proud of myself for being a ‘religious girl’ every moment I was in uniform. There is nothing like walking around the city wearing a skirt with the rifle hanging on my shoulder.
Unlike the Muslim Soldiers who have killed their fellow US troops, there’s nothing wrong with these young women joining the Israeli military out of religious and national devotion. In fact, it’s admirable — just as it is admirable when Christians serve in government, the military, or in other public sectors as an act of faith and to live out their faith.
Christians are not unique in their fervor for their faith. The Christian faith is also not unique in making a claim to exclusive Truth, nor in its tenets that place God above government.
Yet, Mikey Weinstein seems to think Christians — and Christians alone — who serve in the US military are the ones who are wrongly putting God above country and are therefore a “national security threat.”
Weinstein’s self-described “laser-like” focus is only on Christians, despite the fact other religions have similar faith constructs, and despite the fact adherents to other religions have actually — not hypothetically — threatened the national security of the United States.
Mikey Weinstein, the adjective-loving provocateur, has earned the well-deserved descriptor of “anti-Christian.”
Fortunately, civil rights groups have risen up to protect US troops from Weinstein’s attacks on military religious freedom — and they have done so to protect religious liberty for all.
That is a defense of military religious freedom.