Atheist Wants Military Chaplains Punished for Wearing Uniforms to Chaplains’ Event


This is the assaults people of faith are facing daily, and the attacks on military members — whether Chaplains, enlisted, officers — is equally brutal. The atheists like Mikey Weinstein are fearless and aggressive. Time for Christians to take the gloves off and wake up to the reality of spiritual warfare! Read on. TJ

By Fr. Mark Hodges

The founder of a watchdog group promoting the absolute separation of church and state has filed a complaint against three military chaplains for wearing their uniforms at a conservative Christian chaplains’ event.

Mikey Weinstein, the founder of the atheist group Military Religious Freedom Foundation, wrote a letter to acting Defense Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine demanding an investigation and court-martial of the Air Force’s two-star chief of chaplains, Maj. Gen. (Chaplain) Dondi Costin, his deputy chief of chaplains, Brig. Gen. Steven Schaick, and Army Maj. (Chaplain) John Scott for attending a Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL) event.

CARL organized an awards ceremony on July 12 honoring Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) for supporting traditional marriage. Chaplain Scott delivered the invocation prayer and Chaplain Costin gave the benediction at the event.

Weinstein’s complaint says the three attendees violated military policy “prohibiting the endorsement of a non-federal entity.” He also charged that the chaplains violated Air Force regulations that leaders’ actions must not “be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief or absence of belief.”

Weinstein further demanded that the chaplains “be very visibly punished for their deliberate, willful and wanton transgressions,” stating that they should be court-martialed for appearing in uniform.

Weinstein said he represents victims of bullying but used the characterizations “bigots,” “wretched” racists, “hyper-homophobic,” “sordid,” and a “notoriously Islamophobic, fundamentalist Christian bully.” He called the chaplains’ meeting a “blatantly anti-LGBT, atheist-bashing, fundamentalist Christian supremacy event,” a “charade and spectacle of shame,” “ragingly anti-LGBT,” “unapologetic,” “homophobic … of the most repulsive nature and magnitude,” “with the horrid goal of allowing harassment and discrimination,” a “homage to homophobia and anthem to anti-atheism,” and a “primacy and triumphalism event…”

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