Are Christians' rights under attack in the U.S. military?

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OCALA, Fla., September 24, 2013 — Every now and again, a boogeyman is invented so the masses can be kept in line.

This boogeyman is usually based on a real person, or set of people. The worst fears and prejudices of generally well-meaning individuals are stoked and exploited. Very often, these folks become radicalized and think, or sometimes even do, terrible things.

While the masses believe that they are fighting for their freedom, in actuality they are battling men, women, and children who have done nothing oppressive. This senselessness ultimately serves no public good, but instead reinforces an established ruling clique’s tenure.

The irony is that this very clique is what has been abusing the commoners all along; not the boogeyman. The boogeyman himself was created so that this glaring reality would never be noticed.

Today, the leaders of America’s fundamentalist Christian owned-and-operated Religious Right are in disarray. Their political influence is waning in the face of libertarian activism which has swept the Republican Party. As the nation grows more secular, and churches close their doors, less room is left for the fire and brimstone of yesteryear. 

Beyond any of this, though, the regions of our country with the most socially leftist problems are part of the Bible Belt.

“In more conservative states, poor women today enjoy increasingly less access to either contraception or abortion,” June Carbone, co-author of Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture, told The Washington Times Communities last year. 

“(I)ncreasing parts of the population lack access to regular health care,” she said later in the same interview. “More liberal states try to make control of reproduction available to poor women as part of their public health systems. 

“More conservative states discourage the subsidization of both contraception and abortion, partly because they provide less generous public support more generally, partly because they are more opposed to abortion, and partly because they are more likely to champion abstinence policies.

“These policies, which may reaffirm the moral values of the devout, tend to make it less likely that poorer women will engage in family planning. Poor women often share conservative religious values, but they begin sexual activity earlier, they are more vulnerable to coercive men, and they have less access to information about effective contraception.”

She also added that “conservative, moderately religious men who do not attend college are among the most sexually active of the [late teens to early twenties] age group. And very few of the women who date them are virgins.” 

In an existence where hypocrisy is this latent, it becomes necessary for the ruling clique to conjure a boogeyman bar none. Such a thing is the last resort; otherwise, the masses will realize just how terrible their state of affairs truly is.

Of course, blame for this should be assigned not only to the clique, but the folks themselves. America is a free country, we must remember. However, the clique knows that the masses will not engage in self-reflection. Instead, they will pin their misery on those in power.

This is where Mikey Weinstein enters the picture.

A registered Republican former military prosecutor who served in the Ronald Reagan Administration, he now heads the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. As a result of this, he has become a celebrity cause for what is left of the Religious Right.

According to a recent article from Michael Chapman of CNSNews, “(a) September 2013 report from the Family Research Council….details numerous cases of religious persecution in the U.S. military that have occurred over the last few years. Some of the cases involve banning Bibles; ordering soldiers to keep their Bibles out of sight; punishment for expressing opposition to a gay ‘marriage’ at the Cadet Chapel at West Point; and prosecuting a sergeant who refused to punish an instructor who expressed moral opposition to same-sex ‘marriage.’”

The Religious Right chalks up all of these alleged grievances to legal activism brought about by leftist radicals. They have painted the MRFF as what might be considered the modern-day Communist Party.

This has led to letters such as the following being sent to Weinstein: “Mr. Mickey Wienstien, my church and its fine pastors, our congregation and my family and I all wonder how you and your MRFF helpers sleep at night?  We have read the articles like the one in last month’s Nation magazine about you and your wife and family and your Jewish-athiest MRFF. You have singlehandidly disgraced America and its Christian faith and culture and its Christian military. 

“Whether you and your fellow evildoers accept it or not, America IS a CHRISTIAN NATION as it was always the ONLY plan of the founding fathers to be just that. Of course America’s military MUST be a Christian military because America was always meant to be a CHRISTIAN nation.” 

Sad — or scary — as this is to admit, the above is one of the less vile letters, and not all of it was reprinted. Another goes like this: “What kind of wine has Mikey Weinstein been drinking? 

“As an anti-Christian Jewish supremacist and as the president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, he’s doing all he can to create an anti-Jewish backlash and help bring about the predicted endtime Holocaust of Jews that’ll be worse than Hitler’s.”

Not all of that one was reprinted, either. Difficult as it may be to believe, this is still not even close to the bottom of the barrel.

The ensuing message might relay a semblance of how twisted many fundamentalist Christian activists have become: “Dirty jew Mikey, saw all about you on Fox News the other day and how you and your anti- American jew mrff foundation are trying to take the love and knowledge of Jesus out of our Air Force atom bomb missile training. Filthy stinking conniving merderous disloyal jew Mikey. everything you touch, jew boy, you corrupt.”

As one may imagine, not all of that letter was published in this article. Unfortunately, there are all too many more where this slime oozed from.

The irony here is that fundamentalist Christian America is supposed to be supportive of not only Israel, but Jews in general. Besides, as Weinstein told TWTC earlier this year, the overwhelming majority of the MRFF’s clients are not Jewish.

Facts never seemed to matter much for fundamentalist Christian theocrats, though, so the point is surely moot.

The MRFF serves as a prime example of why fundamentalist Christianity becoming involved with American politics was always a terrible idea. While the peace and love of Jesus Christ might have been preached by so-called holy men, a message of totalitarianism was just beneath the surface.

Seeing as fundamentalist Christian communities are often dysfunctional in an entirely secular sense, it can be no surprise that our nation’s mainstream saw through the ruse and never took to the Religious Right.

Now, as this odious presence leaves the GOP, America can look forward
to a new era; one in which God is not used to rationalize hatred, and
scriptures aren’t manipulated for the sake of partisan gains.

If nothing else, that is a future worth striving for.


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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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