USMCInsignia 300x300 Mikey Weinstein Tries To Take Another ScalpOver the years, one of my joyous events I have attended regularly is the National Day of Prayer (“NDP”). Although our national leaders have called for times of national prayer since 1775, for the past 65 years, the NDP has taken place annually on the first Thursday in May, and centers on prayer for the well-being of our nation. Even though devout Christian believers are an increasingly marginalized minority in the United States, one of Jeremiah’s prophecies has been a great encouragement to me. You will recall that King Nebuchadnezzar took King Jehoiachin captive, together with his mother and other members of the royal family. Nebuchadnezzar also rounded up leading figures in the land of Judea, including many scholars and elders, and led them all to Babylon. Altogether some 10,000 captives were taken to Babylon. In addition, the Babylonian king also ransacked the royal treasury and took the spoils with him. But in Jeremiah 29:5-7, we read this: “Build ye houses and dwell in them, and plant gardens and eat the fruit of them. Take ye wives and beget sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters, that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it; for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.” God wants us to thrive and to seek the peace of where He has planted us, just as God wanted the Jews to thrive and be blessed in Babylon.

This past Thursday, Christians in more than 47,000 venues across the United States met together to pray for our country. Over the years on these pages, I have written a number of articles about the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (“MRFF”). The MRFF is, according to its website, “the sole nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of both freedom of religion and freedom from religion, to which they and all Americans are entitled.” (Emphasis added.) Many have rightly observed that the MRFF’s goals seek to take away the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of religion for Christian believers in our nation’s military. The MRFF has reportedly been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize numerous times, but has not won yet. The MRFF founder and president is Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Weinstein is the author of several books that describe his fight against “coercive” Christian practices in the military. In 2012, Defense News named Mr. Weinstein as one of the 100 most influential members of today’s military-industrial complex. (However, Mikey has not been named to this honor since then, so perhaps his influence is waning. Perhaps his influence may even disappear completely in the remaining 255 days of the Obama Administration.)

Recently, the Marine Corps University (“MCU”) in Quantico, Virginia, planned to hold a prayer meeting on their campus in conjunction with the NDP. However, Mr. Weinstein wrote to Brigadier General Helen G. Pratt, president of MCU, saying that he represented 21 members of the university’s faculty, staff, and students who objected to the event. In his letter to General Pratt, Mr. Weinstein wrote the following:

Your MCU subordinates are quite justifiably fearful of reprisal and retribution from you if they voice their objections. So they came to MRFF to bring their pleas to you to either cancel this event all together or to restructure it in a way which is not violative of their religious freedom civil rights.

Surprisingly, instead of simply caving to Mr. Weinstein’s demands on behalf of the 21 phantom Marines, Marine spokesman, Major Tony Semelroth, responded as follows:

The Marine Corps University Prayer Breakfast Panel, like other events associated with its Command Religious Program, is voluntary and open to all service members and civilians from within the command. No attendance rosters are kept and participation, or lack of participation, has no influence on an individual’s performance evaluation or potential for promotion.

Interestingly, the Prayer Breakfast Panel, which was to discuss “prayerful leadership,” included Colonel Scott Erdelatz, director of the Lejeune Leadership Institute at MCU, Colonel Jason Bohm, director of the university’s Expeditionary Warfare School, Colonel Richard Hall, director of the Wargaming Division at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Rebecca Johnson, dean of the Marine Corps War College. It certainly sounds as though it should have been a fascinating panel, and worthwhile for persons of any faith or no faith.

Now Mikey has a personal style that is bombastic and inflammatory, and I don’t find it particularly effective. But it is quite telling in how he approaches those with whom he disagrees. He has threatened a lawsuit against MCU, and has previously described the MRFF as follows:

We are a weapon. We’re a militant organization. Our job is to kick [***], take names, lay down a withering field of fire, and leave sucking chest wounds on this unconstitutional heart of darkness, if you will, this imperious fascistic contagion of unconstitutional triumphalism.

Ouch! Now while Mikey’s focus has been primarily aimed at Christians, he has not limited his attacks to Christians alone. When a group of Jewish war veterans displeased Mikey, he accused them of confusing “circumcision with castration.” On another occasion, he attacked a civilian rabbi who gave advice to a Jewish chaplain that Mr. Weinstein did not like by saying, “He’s a disgrace as an American citizen. He’s a disgrace as Jew. If I saw him, I’d spit in his face.” Finally, Mikey compared this chaplain to a “kapo in Auschwitz.” You can take a measure of this man by reading just this one article. Despite Mikey’s lawsuit threat, the prayer meeting at MCU apparently went ahead without any trouble. At least so far. But it seems to me that next time, it won’t take much effort to find a sympathetic judge who will stop the NDP at MCU. Or General Pratt may be more gun-shy next year. Let us remember the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Heaven knows our nation needs God’s intervention and protection more and more for we are a truly sinful people. Lord, have mercy!