For years Michael “Mikey” Weinstein has had the friendly ear of the media. His comments have often gone unchallenged and his credibility — including his motivations and background — have been ignored. The recent dust-up over his meeting at the Pentagon has undone that, thanks in part to Weinstein’s consistent “over the top” behavior. The Get Religion blog, which frequently covers issues of the media and religion, notes that Weinstein is
a player in this story….and some greater journalistic scrutiny of [his] rhetoric…is in order.
That scrutiny seems to be happening. Last week the focus was on military policies; this week, Michael Weinstein himself has been hammered from all corners for his history of vitriol and hate — and virtually every article uses his own words to drive home the point, with little need to elaborate. The question remaining is, again, why he merited a meeting with senior military leaders.
The Colorado Springs Gazette – hometown paper to the US Air Force Academy — reprinted an editorial from the Washington Examiner questioning the “strange alliance” the Air Force has with Weinstein: Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion air force, christian, doug collins, doug lamborn, gazette, jay sekulow, Jewish, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, Pentagon, Religion, religious freedom, USAFA, william boykin
Religious groups who endorse US military chaplains have asked the US military for “equal time” after they hosted religious liberty critic Michael Weinstein at the Pentagon. Said retired Chaplain (Col) Ron Crews, of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty:
Crews says if the Air Force wants to be serious about religious liberty, its sole and exclusive meeting should not be with a man who calls religious service members “spiritual rapists” or “human monsters.”
“[Mikey Weinstein] is not the person to talk about religious liberty,” he states. “So we’re asking for a meeting with senior Air Force officials to [request that] if they’re going to revise their policy, we want to make sure that the religious liberty of all the airmen who are serving courageously in the Air Force gets maintained.”
If the Air Force wants to be serious about religious freedom, its sole and exclusive meeting should not be with a man that calls religious service members ‘spiritual rapists’ or ‘human monsters’…
The military — specifically, the Air Force — has long been accused of granting Michael Weinstein special access to military leaders. It seems Weinstein has had ideological allies at the top of the US Air Force, which may be why he has Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion air force, blake page, chaplain alliance for religious liberty, christensen, family research council, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, Public Expression, Religion, religious freedom, ron crews, spiritual rape, west point, william boykin
In another setback for Michael Weinstein’s vitriolic assaults on religious freedom in the US military, the Department of Defense issued a clarifying statement (full text below) disavowing Weinstein’s characterizations and accusations.
It did so in a unique way, however:
Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization).
(The DoD statement would presumably override the one from the Air Force the day prior, saying troops couldn’t share their faith if it made others “uncomfortable.”)
It’s an awkward turn of semantics, since most dictionaries don’t define “proselytizing” as being “unwanted” or “intrusive” (its a neutral term “to convert”). Over the past few years, the term has been so often associated with “coercion” it has come to have a negative connotation. (Weinstein’s research assistant, Chris Rodda, actually agrees the Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion acton institute, air force, chris rodda, christian, coast guard, department of defense, don quixote, evangelism, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, national day of prayer, Pentagon, proselytize, Public Expression, Religion, religious freedom, rick garnett, ronnie hawkins, william boykin, william lee
It’s the time of year for lists and summaries, and various sites and groups are compiling their “best of” and “mostest” lists for 2012. Consistent with last year’s apparent trend, issues of religion and the military seem to have largely fallen from the visibility they once had. For example, BJC online lists their “Top Religious Stories of 2012” — not one of which references the military. Likewise the Christian Post. The Religion Clause and the Stars and Stripes lists both made only one relevant reference, to the much delayed Fort Hood massacre trial.
Curious as to what others were reading here this year? The Top 10 most-read stories on ChristianFighterPilot.com for 2012 are Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion air force, atheism, Chaplain, christian, Fighter Pilot, fort bragg, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, Religion, religious freedom, rock beyond belief, ronnie hawkins, west point, william boykin
Admiral James A. Lyons (Retired) served as the commander of the US Navy’s Pacific fleet when he retired in 1987. Since then, he has frequently spoken on the military and foreign policy issues, mincing few words when he has done so. He is an associate in the production of Sharia: The Threat to America, which includes James Woolsey and LtGen (Ret) Jerry Boykin among its contributors.
Most recently, Adm Lyons took President Obama to task for forcing the US military to submit to Islam:
The recent contrived uproar over the inadvertent burning of the Koran…should be seen for what it is: a power-play tactic to make our military forces more submissive to the dictates of Islam, Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion Bible, Islam, james lyons, james woolsey, karzai, koran, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, Navy, Obama, quran, Religion, religious freedom, sharia, william boykin
Fox News and Commentary indicated retired LtGen William Jerry Boykin withdrew from the February 8th National Prayer Breakfast at West Point — after West Point asked him to withdraw.
The U.S. Military Academy pressured a retired U.S. lieutenant general to withdraw from speaking at a West Point prayer breakfast after Muslims and atheists complained, Fox News & Commentary has learned…
“[Boykin] asked them to rescind the invitation, but they were reluctant to do that so he said he would take them off the hook.”
The article also noted Michael Weinstein jumping the shark Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion army, atheism, chapel, Chaplain, christian, Islam, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, national prayer breakfast, Prayer, Public Expression, Religion, religious freedom, sally quinn, tony perkins, west point, william boykin
The Associated Press reported a West Point press release indicating General Jerry Boykin had withdrawn from the upcoming West Point National Prayer Breakfast:
Late Monday afternoon, West Point issued a brief statement saying Boykin had decided to withdraw speaking at the Feb. 8 event and that another speaker would be lined up in his place.
The choice of Boykin to speak at the event was criticized by several groups because of his prior statements about Islam:
CAIR also asked West Point officials to retract Boykin’s invitation
“It gives Islamophobes a platform Read more…
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Michael Weinstein recently wrote a scathing letter demanding retired LtGen William “Jerry” Boykin be prohibited from speaking to the US Military Academy (West Point) National Prayer Breakfast on February 8th. The reason: Boykin is, in Weinstein’s words, “rabidly Islamophobic.” (That’s the same word he used to describe Franklin Graham in 2010, when he was invited to a similar event.)
Simultaneously, Michael Weinstein has defended and is helping advertise Rock Beyond Belief — which last week received a significant amount of negative attention for inviting what he would seemingly describe as a “rabidly religiophobic” music group to perform. In fact, the “rabidly Christophobic” Michael Weinstein is scheduled to be one of the event’s speakers. Weinstein should probably look up the meaning of “phobia.”
Of course, it makes no sense for a person to use the “defense of religious Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion atheism, Chaplain, christian, clebe mcclary, Constitution, dan barker, franklin graham, Islam, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, national prayer breakfast, Obama, Pentagon, Prayer, Public Expression, Religion, religious freedom, richard dawkins, rock beyond belief, tony perkins, USAFA, william boykin
LtGen William Boykin (USA, Ret) has reportedly said that no one can prove the repeal of the policy known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell” will improve military readiness; as a result, credence must be given to those who say it will detract from unit cohesion and morale.
“Cohesion, camaraderie, [and] brotherhood [are] just as important as the weapons that are used by those military units,” Boykin contends. “When you destroy the integrity of that cohesion, you are in fact degrading the readiness of the military — and there is no question that it will destroy the cohesion within the military.”
He also repeats the accurate but often dismissed point that the military routinely discriminates against people who might still be willing to serve their country: Read more…
Never Surrender is the memoir of Lt Gen (Ret) William G. “Jerry” Boykin, a name familiar to many even outside of military circles. It documents his military career and much of his personal life, in his “journey to the crossroads of faith and freedom”…
Never Surrender contains detailed accounts of many of the military operations in which General Boykin was involved. He also notes the times he called on God to see him through trials, and those times he felt abandoned by God because of them. He discusses the apparent contradictions in a Special Operations soldier being a Christian—not only dealing with the Christian in the military as a participant in war, but also with the unique challenges of Delta — like learning how to deceive, and do it well. Read more…