A Christian activist who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy isn't concerned about the latest attempt by an anti-Christian zealot to stomp out Christian expression at the school.
Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, is complaining that members of the Air Force Academy football team have been praying together before games, including their December 5 contest against San Diego State University. The Academy graduate had also complained about the team's post-game prayer a week earlier.
Weinstein, who has threatened to seek an injunction, is demanding that the Colorado Springs school ban public prayer. "This end zone praying is just another territorial conquest of the religious Christian right," he is quoted saying by Air Force Times. "This stands in a long line of conservative Christian acts like this."
Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who is also an Academy graduate, now runs The Pray In Jesus Name Project. He dares Weinstein to sue.
"Mikey Weinstein is a failed attorney, in my opinion," he tells OneNewsNow. "He has tried to sue four or five times, including against me, and he always loses in court.
"So if he does not understand [that] the Constitution of the United States protects freedom of speech and freedom of religion and freedom for these Air Force Academy football players to pray even in public, then I say let him sue – because a judge will laugh him out of court. And every time he loses, it's a victory for Jesus Christ."
Weinstein has been at odds with the Academy over the past several years regarding public displays of Christianity. But Klingenschmitt is convinced Weinstein's anti-Christian strategy ultimately is going to backfire.