To say that Mikey Weinstein of the misnamed Military Religious Freedom Foundation has a hang-up about Christianity would be much too mild. It would be closer to say that Weinstein is a mouth-foaming, obsessed Christianophobe, a word I don't use lightly. Weinstein is Captain Ahab, and out-of-the-closet Christians in the military are his white whale.
Weinstein is so crazy that he doesn't even realize how crazy he sounds. His unhinged rants, which he fully expects to be taken with dead seriousness by everyone, would be funny if he didn't have far too much influence with higher military brass. See more examples here.
Here's Weinstein's latest, about an Air Force Major who (I know you will be shocked) actually keeps an open Bible on his desk.
For years he has kept an open, yellow highlighted Christian bible displayed front and center, quite prominently, on his official USAF work desk in an open office work environment. The egregious Constitutional and DoD regulatory violations of such a brazen display of sectarian Christian triumphalism and exceptionalism have been noted by many USAF members through the years but they have not sought to officially seek redress and remediation from this outrageous display of callous and bold Christian primacy from their respective USAF chains of command due to all-too-credible fears of reprisal and retribution from same.
Yep, sounds like an egregious violation of the U.S. Constitution to me!
But the military authorities are listening! In fact, they even reopened the case when Weinstein and his cooperative informants (Air Force personnel who anonymously claim to be quaking in their boots because of Major Lewis's terrifying open Bible) kept pressing.
Feltman [the Colonel in charge of the investigation] says when the issue was first raised, the display seemed in compliance. But after the MRFF complaint, he says, "We're going to go back and look at that to see if we're in compliance and if not, we're going to take corrective action."
Three years ago the Air Force adopted a new anti-proselytization policy. I wrote about it at length and debated liberal commentators about it here. This appears to be the fruit of that policy. Draw your own conclusions.
If you think the investigation and re-investigation of Major Lewis's having an open Bible on his desk where (gasp) people can see it is a reasonable response to a real problem, then I conclude that you are not a reasonable person on this issue.
Even if Major Lewis is ultimately allowed, graciously, to have the Bible on his desk, the process is to some extent the punishment. The fact that one's career will hang by a thread for having a Bible on one's desk is likely to have what we legal geeks call a chilling effect on religious expression in the military.
Weinstein didn't get as far in his call for a court martial (!) of Major General Craig Olson for an openly Christian speech to Congress, but not for want of trying.
Chaplain Modder wasn't so lucky. He was eventually reinstated after being hounded out of the Navy for his Christian moral views, but his case dragged on for a long time, and he actually was removed at one point. His ultimate recovery of his job hardly makes up to him for what he went through and does not remove the warning to other chaplains.
If you are a clueless political candidate whose eyes glaze over when someone asks you a question about the current problem with religious liberty in the military, I suggest that you start with these cases. Also see the video here. This is one area where we certainly don't need the permission of the Supreme Court to make a difference.