The misleadingly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation is continuing its campaign to persecute Christians in the military by pushing for the punishment of a Christian chaplain for writing an essay that allegedly offended atheists.
Air Force Chaplain Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes penned an article titled “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II” for the Chaplain’s Corner column on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson website. In it, he discussed the history of the famous phrase, “there are no atheists in foxholes.”
The MRFF, which is led by fanatical Christian-hating atheist Mikey Weinstein, complained to the base commander that Reyes had written an “anti-secular diatribe” that insulted “those without religion.” The complaint letter was written supposedly on behalf of 42 airmen who had complained.
“In the civilian world, such anti-secular diatribe is protected free speech,” said the letter from MRFF’s Blake Page to Col. Brian Duffy. “Beyond his most obvious failure in upholding regulations through redundant use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’ he defiles the dignity of service members by telling them that regardless of their personally held philosophical beliefs they must have faith.”
The essay actually was exploring the history of the famous phrase, and it only urged readers in a very reasonable and respectful manner to consider issues of faith. The MRFF lied in its characterization of the original article. Typical atheist doublethink is obvious in its description of “those without religion” who somehow are religiously offended by Reyes’ writing.
The essay was removed within five hours of receiving the atheists’ complaint, but the organization hasn’t stopped there and wants to make an example of the chaplain. “Faith based hate, is hate all the same,” Page wrote. “Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately reprimanded.”
The only faith-based hate is coming from the atheists at the MRFF, an active anti-Christian group that has recently been working with allies in the Pentagon to develop a broad policy that would punish Christians who “proselytize” other service members. The people behind this blatant attack on Bible believers have alleged that the policy draws a distinction between proselytizing and evangelizing, which are synonyms. Critics have pointed out rightly that the policy is a recipe for religious persecution.
Weinstein, the founder of MRFF, is a virulent hate monger who screams persecution while himself persecuting Christians. In a recent column in the Huffington Post, Weinstein wrote, “Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”
He has made plain his intent to try to eliminate Christianity from the military and strongly implied that he would like to see it made illegal nationwide, writing, “This is a national security threat. What is happening is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”
Weinstein claims he is only trying to prevent inappropriate evangelical pressure and the trampling of atheists’, and oddly Jews’, rights, but his obvious hatred toward Christians has shaped MRFF and is creating a military policy that is the equivalent of a cannon being used to swat a fly.
There are strong elements in the Obama Administration who would love nothing better than to break the back of conservative Christian churches, and critics of Weinstein are concerned that the MRFF’s brand of foaming-mad atheism is gaining acceptance at high levels of the Pentagon command structure.
Reyes’ article was a simple history lesson about a peculiar phrase’s religious origins, and it ended with the simple question, “What is faith to you?”
Clearly, to the MRFF, faith of the Christian variety is the enemy.