Weinstein strikes, and strikes out, again

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

soldier with BibleThe commander of a U.S. Marine Corps base in Hawaii has refused to remove a patriotic sign despite the demands of an anti-Christian activist.

The sign at Marine Corps Base Hawaii reads: "God bless the military, their families, and the civilians who work with them."

The sign was erected after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when the armed forces were responding to the attacks and readying to be deployed overseas.

The sign's mention of God drew the ire of atheist Mikey Weinstein, who runs the oddly named Military Religious Foundation that fights religious expression in the U.S. armed forces.

Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, says he's grateful that Marine Col. Sean Killeen made it clear that the sign will remain on the base without alteration.

Crews, Col. Ron (Chaplain Alliance)"He told Mr. Weinstein in a letter that he was not going to change the sign or move it," Crews says of the Marine colonel.

Although the "God bless" sign may seem like a minor issue to most, no reference to religion is too small for Weinstein. In February, he complained when an Air Force Reserve website included a feature story about a senior master sergeant who travelled to Guatemala during Christmas.

Weinstein was apparently unhappy that Senior Master Sgt. Larry Gallo went on a church-sponsored mission trip. The article was reviewed after the complaint but allowed to remain.

A month later, Weinstein complained to the Air Force again, this time because guards at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia tell people to "have a blessed day" when they wave them through.

The greeting was stopped after Weinstein complained but was reversed the next day after public outcry.

Crews hopes that more military leaders will reject Weinstein's demands in the future. 

"We're hopeful," Crews says, "that other military commanders, when they hear from Mr. Weinstein about some supposed threat to religious liberty, that they will take courage from Colonel Killen there in Hawaii and emulate his example."

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