Tolerance is not all its cracked up to be by secularists. In their world, it's a tool, not a virtue.
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) asked atheist Michael (Mikey) Weinstein last week in a Congressional hearing if he publicly called evangelical Christians "Fundamentalist Christian Monsters?"
Mikey Weinstein is the founder of the atheist "Military Religious Freedom Foundation" that consistently attacks any expression of Christianity and Christians who express their faith publicly while serving in the US military.
He has unusual access to the Pentagon, often bragging publicly that he can get a Christian symbol removed from a military base within hours.
He has consulted the Pentagon regarding matters of separation of church and state. And helps provide materials for some courses related to this issue.
Weinstein's organization is responsible for dozens of cases where Christians have been silenced and punished, and inspirational wall hangings that had any Christian association removed military bases.
His organization is responsible for an airman recently being relieved of duties for opposing same-sex "marriage," chaplains silenced and punished for sharing the gospel (proselytizing) and wall hangings removed because of any reference to Scripture.
I've written about it dozens of times over the past several years.
Now Mikey is appearing before a Congressional Armed Services Committee. And the questions are not "softball" questions.
Last Wednesday, Rep. Forbes confronted Weinstein about remarks attributed to him by the Washington Post back in 2006.
Forbes said, "In a Washington Post article on July 16, 2006 they attributed a quote to you that said: 'We've created this foundation to be a weapon. We are going to lie down a withering field of fire and leave sucking chest wounds'."
Forbes asked, "Was that an accurate quote?"
Weinstein tried to duck the question and defend his stance----"I want to make it very clear that we realize that we're facing a tsunami of fundamental Christian..."
Forbes interrupted, "Did you make that quote or not?"
Weinstein again tried to avoid a direct answer---Forbes persisted, and Weinstein admitted, "Yes, of course I said those words. I'm proud of them."
A profile of the war against biblical Christianity and the expression of religion in the US Military.
Forbes continued saying, "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 hopeless subordinates in our nation's Armed Services"---"Did you make that statement?"
Weinstein: "I did."
Forbes gave Weinstein a short lecture on religious freedom.
This is a link to video of the hearings. If you don't want to watch it all, check the 53:30 mark.
We learned from these hearings that there are steps being taken to correct some of the military policies that are crushing the Christian's freedom of religious expression.
Attorney Michael Berry with Liberty Institute also testified that there are some positive first steps being taken by the Department of Defense.
Berry says it is vitally important that the DOD "follows this promising start by ensuring that all service members are truly free to exercise their religious belief."
The war on religious freedom within our own military complex is also part of a greater public narrative.
An example is an article written by Robert Bateman for Esquire where he says, "We are witnessing a sickening trend. There are religious groups actively out to 'convert' people in the US Military, and they are making a full court press, especially in the Air Force."
The article is long and detailed regarding the unacceptable damage that can be caused by Christians "sharing their faith" (proselytizing). Unfortunately, it is one of many such articles.
When this is stacked up along side a president acting "on his own," circumventing Congress on issues as important as the definition of marriage by refusing to defend DOMA, and now the immigration issue, the most egregious overreach of presidential authority in the history of our country, we note there is a trend.
In a letter to William Bradford, James Madison wrote, "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind, and unfits it for any noble enterprise, and every expanded prospect."
This assault on religious freedom is also an assault on the creative spirit of America. America's exceptionalism is directly linked to Christian faith and our freedom of religious expression.
Patrick Henry's words echo across the cultural landscape..."When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains."
Be Informed. Be Bold. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.