Mikey Weinstein Goes after Okinawa POW Bible. Again.

By now you’ve probably seen the reports saying Michael “Mikey” Weinstein filed a complaint (PDF, through his lawyer) about a Bible at a POW/MIA display at Okinawa, Japan. What these reports don’t seem to convey is this is just Mikey being Mikey. Every couple of months he makes these kinds of complaints; they hit a high point every now and then, fade into the background later, and maybe catch peoples’ attention again.

The POW/MIA display is a piggy bank for Weinstein. If his coffers get low, he can pull one of these from his files and try to get attention.

To prove the point, consider that the subject of this latest complaint at US Naval Hospital Okinawa is a POW/MIA table that is on permanent display. It’s been there for years. Nothing changed in the past week to suddenly cause 26 MRFF “clients” to now live in — quote — “mortal fear” because of this display. Yet, somehow, that’s what Mikey claims happened.

Sickeningly, Weinstein is even trying to (incorrectly) use veterans’ groups to buttress his accusation.  The National League of POW/MIA Families defended the Bible:

“The Bible was always intended to be there,” said Stephensen, of Boise, Idaho. “The POWs held in Hanoi vehemently turned to God for comfort and safety and persistence…”

“I don’t see where the harm is,” Stephensen added. “If somebody’s going to take offense to it, they’re making a conscious effort to be offended.”

Recognizing the credibility and emotion associated with such a group, Weinstein tried in vain to gain his own, implying the American Legion agreed with him:

Asked about the POW/MIA group’s position, Weinstein said the American Legion does not require a Bible at its “Missing Man” displays.

That’s deflection — and it’s also repulsive.

This isn’t about anyone requiring a Bible at a POW/MIA display; this is about someone trying to require there not be a Bible at a display.  The American Legion does not prohibit Bibles.

This tripe came from Chris Rodda two years ago, and her argument was as fallacious and worthless then as it is now.

There’s nothing new here. In fact, Weinstein has complained about POW/MIA displays on Okinawa before. In 2016, US Marine Col Brian Howlett — commander at Camp Hansen, one of the other Marine Corps camps on Okinawa — told Mikey Weinstein to pound sand. The Bible stayed.  (Naval Hospital Okinawa is associated with Camp Butler.)

Mikey Weinstein has little to lose here. If his complaint hits the news, then it worked — and he gets publicity and maybe a few “donations.” If it doesn’t work, he loses nothing; he just tries again later.

But why does he keep trying? Despite the fact the Bible on the POW/MIA display has long been defended — even by the military itself — Weinstein occasionally finds a commander, office manager, or random person who will hide, cover, or replace the Bible with a blank book with the hope they’ll appease him. But such moral cowardice is blood in the water for Weinstein. You will never achieve “peace in our time” by giving a schoolyard bully what he wants.

Even the Naval Hospital Okinawa response — Rear Adm. Paul D. Pearigen is reportedly opening an “investigation” — arguably benefits Weinstein’s cause because it lends an air of unwarranted legitimacy to his complaint. After all, why is an “investigation” even necessary?  And does each individual military installation really need to go through this charade?  This should be settled policy for the entire Department of Defense.

If Naval Hospital Okinawa must conduct an “investigation” over the Bible at a POW/MIA display, it should conduct it upward, with a request to their superiors to state with clarity DoD policy on the matter.

Settle it. Then, Mikey Weinstein has nowhere to go. It ends.

Mikey Weinstein is, by his own admission, an agitator. He is a self-serving malcontent who will continue to make these complaints so long as he has the remotest chance of publicity — read: money for his personal paycheck. (It is almost ironic, as others have pointed out, that Weinstein is using freedoms protected by those being honored by the POW/MIA table in his attempt to denigrate it.)

The most effective way to stop these semi-annual complaints is to end the access to publicity. Give Mikey Weinstein the consistent, correct answer, and the media will bore of him: There is nothing wrong with a Bible on a POW/MIA memorial table.  It doesn’t have to be there — the military’s view is neutral.  But it would be wrong to prohibit it from being there.

If military installations can’t do that on their own, the DoD should do it for them. Then, rather than defending the honor of its veterans against a perennial malcontent, the US military can return to its actual mission of defending our Nation.

As reported at This Ain’t Hell, Stars and Stripes (twice), FoxNews, Military.com, and San Diego UT.

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6 comments

  • Thank you for this informative article, especially the above link, “money for his personal paycheck.” Any of his fans who take the time to investigate his personal finances should realize how foolish they have been to contribute to this charlatan. The various charities who contribute to him seem to constitute the bulk of his annual take. The boards of those charities are doing their individual contributors a terrible disservice by wasting their good faith contributions on an organization that is clearly not a charity. Weinstein’s MRFF is nothing more than his personal slush fund. What a travesty!

  • Atheist Fighter Pilot

    Somehow I found myself back at this blog… After several years of blissful absence… I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised to see CFP and his friends still howling at the moon, throwing virgins into volcanoes, and chronicling every offense to Christianity that originates with Mikey Weinstein.

    Here’s a tip: “The most effective way to stop these semi-annual complaints is to end the access to publicity. ”

    YOU are giving him publicity? Google “Mikey Weinstein” and your blog is the fifth link, and one of a few links on the first page that are not Weinstein controlled sites.

    Now… back to more important matters. We have a president who grabs women by the genitalia, sleeps with porn stars and prostitutes, lies constantly – yet is loved by evangelical Christians. So much work to do… so many to educate…

    • @AFP
      As to publicity, your comment sounds reasonable until you realize Mikey Weinstein so loves vaunting himself that he re-posts just about any internet comment made about him, even distributing them to his supporters. Some obscure, random soccer mom in Boone could mention him and he’d make a big deal of it. He does that for everything he finds because he loves publicity.

      Except this site. That’s because he knows this isn’t publicity. It’s effective rebuttal.

      The fact you found this site so highly ranked by Google supports that. Google doesn’t work only on keywords, but also on popularity. The reason this site ranks so highly is because so many people reference it — and some of those people are people of influence.

      And Mikey Weinstein knows it.

  • William Robinson

    “Loved” by evangelical Christians is a very relative term in this context, relative to the alternative had his opponent been elected. The choices were especially poor either way, but with Trump evangelicals at least have more of an opportunity to see policy gains in their favor. On that score, he has been fairly productive, but no true evangelical is highlighting Trump as a model of Christlikeness.

    Has nothing to do with love or respect for his actions (past or present), but this immoral choice was far more moral than the highly immoral alternative of Hillary Clinton. To suggest otherwise is nonsense.

    • @William Robinson
      Jesus had something to say about being shrewd. Some people (mostly non-Christians) seem to think being Christian means we are prohibited from using the “tools” that everyone else has.

  • @Atheist Fighter Pilot
    In 1988 the remains of Col Mark Stephensen, an F-4 fighter pilot, were returned to the United States and to his family. Col Stephensen was killed on a reconnaissance mission over N. Vietnam in April of 1967. His co-pilot, Lt Gary Sigler, was captured and spent seven years as a POW.

    Col Stephensen’s son, Mark Stephensen, is now Vice Chairman of the National League of POW/MIA Families, a major sponsor of the Missing Man Tables. According to Mark Stephensen, the Bible is a central feature of those tables and it is included because it “…represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.”

    Their reliance upon Biblical faith was the major factor that sustained so many of those men. It was so important to them that it would be a dishonor to their memory to NOT include the Bible in this display.

    Now we find “Atheist Fighter Pilot” seeming to join hands with fellow atheists, the Communist torturers of our POW’s in their battle against the Bible. The Communists denied the printed Bible to our POW’s, yet our men shared memorized Scriptures with one another and held secret church services in defiance of their atheist tormentors.

    So, I would ask “Atheist Fighter Pilot”, do you support the historically accurate display of the Bible in these Missing Man Tables? Or, like your fellow atheists, would you deny them and their surviving families the Table’s acknowledgement of the real God who truly comforted them in their ordeal?

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