An atheist has proclaimed he's ready to "go to war" to keep some chaplains out of the U.S. military. But a retired chaplain is pushing back.
Ron Crews, a retired U.S. Army chaplain, recently debated atheist Mikey Weinstein over the issue of religion in the military, in particular chaplains who advocate for natural marriage.
"He plans to send clients into military chapels to monitor sermons," Crews says of Weinstein, an atheist attorney who heads the oddly named Military Religous Freedom Foundation.
Weinstein, a U.S. Air Force veteran, infamously suggested years ago he plans to "leave sucking chest wounds" in his crusade against evangelicals in the armed forces.
Weinstein has enjoyed his best success in the Air Force, likely owing to his service, but OneNewsNow reported in March that his complaints are being ignored more often.
Crews, meanwhile, is executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, which has been pushing back against the military's punishment of chaplains who espouse conservative religious beliefs.
Crews and Weinstein debated the issue of chaplains and religious freedom in "The Church Boys" radio program, The Blaze reported.
Crews said in the debate that chaplains "are there to make sure that military personnel are able to exercise their religious liberties while they’re wearing their uniforms.”
When Crews and Weinstein argued over a U.S. Force chaplain who preached about sin and repentance, the atheist complained about the chaplain's biblical views.
“It’s un-American, its unconstitutional and illegal and we’ll go to court — we’ll go to war over that,” Weinstein said, according to The Blaze.
Recalling the debate, Crews tells OneNewsNow that Weinstein claimed he will file suit against chaplains if they preach that homosexuality is a sin.
"This takes the issue to another level," says Crews, who adds, however, that chaplains shouldn't be intimidated by such threats.
Attorneys from pro-freedom organizations, including Alliance Defending Freedom and Liberty Institute, are standing by to defend the chaplains if necessary, he says.