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Anti-Christian Extremist to Advise Pentagon

The Pentagon has chosen Michael Weinstein, the anti-Christian head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to help the military develop new policies on religious tolerance.

Writing for Breitbart, attorney Ken Klukowski  reports that Weinstein, who refers to conservative Christians as "monsters," will also be advising the military on policy concerning the court-martial of chaplains who share the Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.

Weinstein has been outspoken in his disdain for Christians. For instance, in a column appearing in the Huffington Post, Weinstein wrote about “incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”

Calling conservative Christians "monstrosities" and "pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers", he accuses them of perpetuating "virulent religious oppression" upon society. He also refers to Dr. James Dobson, founder of the Christian organization, Focus on the Family, as “illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.”

About those who dare to teach Gospel values, Weinstein concludes, “Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.”

In an interview with Sally Quinn of the Washington Post, Weinstein complained about the "systematic misogyny, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the military. . . . This is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”

Weinstein is also a big fan of the radical Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) whose published list of "hate groups" includes many Christian organizations alongside groups such as the Klu Klux Klan.  It was this list that inspired the first person ever convicted of domestic terrorism, Floyd Lee Corkins, a gay activist who shot an employee of the Family Research Council in August, 2012.

Klukowski calls the appointment of Weinstein as consultant to the Pentagon "a radical departure from the U.S. military’s warm embrace of people of faith in its ranks."

He goes on to lament the feeble media coverage of this event. "Many media outlets are silent on this disturbing new alliance between fanatical secularists and leaders in the Pentagon appointed by President Barack Obama and Secretary Chuck Hagel, under which the U.S. military would officially consult with someone with such foaming-at-the-mouth passionate hostility toward traditional Christians, including Evangelicals and devout Catholics," he writes.

"Yet the little coverage this story is getting is positive, such as the Washington Post column that somehow manages not to carry any of these frightening quotes from Weinstein and instead actually endorses the Pentagon’s meeting with him."

In Quinn's story, she approvingly quotes MRFF Advisory Board member Larry Wilkerson who equates sexual assault and proselytizing, calling them "destructive of the bonds that keep soldiers together.’”

"In other words, it should be the official policy of the United States to decree what a human being’s spiritual needs are, and punish for violations a military officer who is an ordained clergyman who attempts to share his own personal faith with another service member when discussing religious matters," Klukowski writes. " You cannot imagine such a thing ever happening under any previous president."

This is hardly good news for the Pentagon that has been under fire for a variety of offenses against Christians in the last few years.

As Todd Starnes of Fox Radio reports, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) has been monitoring a "steady stream" of discrimination claims from Christians over the past four years.

“It’s been a steady attack on faith and religious freedom that we’ve seen in our military like we’ve never seen before,” Forbes told Fox News. “We are getting a lot of calls from soldiers saying ‘we’re afraid of going to church, we’re afraid to be seen praying, we’re afraid that would hurt our careers, our promotions.’”

During a recent House Armed Services Committee meeting, Forbes questioned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about several incidents where the Christian faith has come under attack in the military. These include the Air Force banning the world of God from an Air Force patch logo; a Navy directive banning Bibles at Walter Reed Hospital; an Army Reserve program that listed Evangelical Christians and Catholics as examples of religious extremists; an Army e-mail that listed Christian ministries such as the American Family Association as "domestic hate groups."

The fact that the Obama administration would tap such a man to craft new policies for "religious tolerance" is worrisome indeed.

Klukowski writes: "God help us now when someone with such visceral hatred of conservative Christians—literally tens of millions of Americans—who says sharing this gospel is 'spiritual rape' is helping develop policies for how to deal with Christians in the military."

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