I was referred to this article at Breitbart.com about who the Pentagon is calling on for advice on religious tolerance. This just shows how anti-Christian some of our leaders have become. Read on (if you dare!):
PENTAGON TAPS ANTI-CHRISTIAN EXTREMIST FOR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE POLICY
by KEN KLUKOWSKI (Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is senior fellow for religious liberty at the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law.)
“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.”
Those words were recently written by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.
Weinstein decries what he calls the “virulent religious oppression” perpetrated by conservative Christians, whom he refers to as “monstrosities” and “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers,” comparing them to “bigots” in the Deep South during the civil rights era.
He cites Dr. James Dobson—the famous Christian founder of Focus on the Family—as “illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.” Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, “Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.”
Weinstein then endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who publishes a list of “hate groups.” Alongside truly deplorable organizations like the KKK, the SPLC’s list includes a host of traditional Christian organizations (for their support of traditional marriage) and Tea Party organizations (for supporting limited government). Weinstein says SPLC correctly labels them all as “hate groups.”
There are about 600 more words in this article that you should read. Click here to continue reading at the Breitbart site . . .
I received some information pertaining to these articles I want to pass along. I’ll post more info as I receive it.
From our Senior Army Chaplain Leadership:
After discussions yesterday with several individuals and offices we have confirmed that the media article was inaccurate.
I have not received any official statement for release, when/if there is a statement released – I will forward it to you all.
The claims by the MRFF were largely exaggerated, and the meeting that took place only concerned the USAF and USAF guidance (blue book mentioned).
There was one USAF Chaplain present at the meeting, along with the SAF JAG, and other officers.
Mr. Weinstein is NOT working for DOD; and NO Commission/Group was put together to advise on Religious affairs.
Please address the concerns within your formations – and direct our focus and efforts toward tomorrow’s National Day of Prayer, as an opportunity to pray for the Nation, and our Military.
Office of the Secretary of Defense Statement provided THU 02MAY2013 to Office of Chief of Public Affairs, and then to Army Office of Chief of Chaplains. Notice the careful definition of “evangelize” and “proselytization.”
Statement in Response to Media and Public Query:
“The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution. The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members.
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).
If a service member harasses another member on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, then the commander takesaction based on the gravity of the occurrence. Likewise, when religious harassment complaints are reported, commanders take action based on the gravity of the occurrence on a case by case basis.
The Department of Defense places a high value on the rights of members of the Military Services to observe the tenets of their respective religions and respects (and supports by its policy) the rights of others to their own religious beliefs, including the right to hold no beliefs. The Department does not endorse any one religion or religious organization, and provides free access of religion for all members of the military services.
We work to ensure that all service members are free to exercise their Constitutional right to practice their religion — in a manner that is respectful of other individuals’ rights to follow their own belief systems; and in ways that are conducive to good order and discipline; and that do not detract from accomplishing the military mission.”