Gods and Generals: Left Wars against Military Faith
In today’s military, you can put on the uniform — but leave the armor of God at home!
Something as simple as talking about prayer can land you in a heap of trouble under this administration, and anti-faith extremists are doing everything they can to exploit this new hostility.
At the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Mikey Weinstein and team had some initial success calling Christian expression to the carpet with the Pentagon, but that relationship is more strained now — as Americans have started pushing back on the anti-faith agenda in the military.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped MRFF from harassing service members for exercising the religious freedom they’re fighting to protect. Weinstein’s latest target is a two-star general, the Air Force’s Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, who was invited to speak at the National Day of Prayer Task Force meeting last week.
Not surprisingly, General Olson talked about… prayer. He told the audience he was a “redeemed believer in Christ” and gave God the glory for his success in the military.
“[God] put me in charge of failing programs worth billions of dollars. I have no ability to do that, no training to do that. God did that. He sent me to Iraq to negotiate foreign military sales deals through an Arabic interpreter. I have no ability to do that. I was not trained to do that. God did all of that.”
He asked the country for prayer for the military — especially the brave men and women getting ready to re-deploy. They need to “bear through that by depending on Christ,” he explained.
Like Coast Guard Rear Admiral William D. Lee in 2013, Olson didn’t shy away from his beliefs. And for that, Weinstein wants him to pay.
In a missive to Air Force officials, MRFF calls Olson a “brutal disgrace,” saying he violated the “solemn oath he took to support and defend the United States Constitution” (which Mikey might be surprised to know protects the religious freedom Olson was exercising!).
Simply for talking about God, the Foundation is demanding that the General be court-martialed and “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions” (of which there are none).
So far, Weinstein hasn’t gotten much traction with his tantrum.
Asked about the Foundation’s letter, a spokesman for Olson’s commander said, “I can tell you the Air Force places a high value on the rights of its members to observe the tenets of their respective religion or to observe no religion at all.”
Let’s hope that high value translates into placing no value on Weinstein’s claims.
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