Citing examples of private access being granted to atheists, the American Family Association is asking the Pentagon to offer the same courtesy for Christians.
This week AFA dispatched a letter to the U.S. Air Force requesting a face-to-face meeting with Pentagon officials over recent incidents in which Christianity has been censored at military installations. At the center of many of those incidents is a group known as the Military Religious Freedom Foundation which, according to AFA, has urged the Air Force to begin a â€œcleansingâ€ of any public expression of the Christian faith in the military.
Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for American Family Association, tells OneNewsNow that atheist Mikey Weinstein â€“ president of FFRF â€“ is issuing orders to the Pentagon. In response, says AFA, military leaders are marching to his â€œanti-Christian directives.â€
â€œ[Weinstein] met in the spring of this year with the leadership of the United States Air Force, had a private meeting with them in the Pentagon,â€ notes Fischer, â€œand since then we’ve seen a severe restriction of religious liberty in the Air Force.â€
There was a picture with a religious theme in a cafeteria at an Idaho base. Weinstein called the base commander and the picture was removed 56 minutes later. In an online commentary, an Alaska base chaplain quoted President Eisenhower with a religious reference. Weinstein called the base commander who within five hours had the chaplainâ€™s piece removed. And several members of Congress are questioning Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as to why the Air Force would grant private meetings with Weinstein.
Fischer explains it is â€œsimply a matter of fairnessâ€ that AFA is asking for the courtesy of a meeting with the Pentagon.
â€œWe’re not asking for special treatment,â€ he says. â€œWe are simply asking for the same kind of access that the Air Force is willing to give to someone who is a secular fundamentalist. We believe the Air Force owes it to us and that it is right for them to give us this kind of meeting.â€
The military’s history from the beginning has emphasized faith, not atheism.