An atheist group that objects to religious expression in the U.S. armed forces is now fighting "Hate Chicken," too.
The planned appearance of a Chick-fil-A corporate executive at the Air Force Academy caused an uproar at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, where atheist-attorney Mikey Weinstein has made a career of fighting religious expression, especially by Evangelicals.
The long list of scheduled speakers at the annual National Character and Leadership Symposium, being held Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, includes Air Force Academy alumnus Rodney Bullard, a former federal prosecutor.
Bullard is now vice president of corporate social responsibility and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, and the NCLS event program predicts Bullard will tell cadets about compassion and helping others, and finding the "heroic heart" beating inside all of us.
But the country's fastest-growing fast food chain has been a hated enemy of the Left since 2012, when then-president Dan Cathy shared his personal religious views about biblical marriage.
Enter an angry Weinstein, himself an Air Force veteran, who told The Associated Press that Bullard should not be allowed to speak at the NCLS because Chick-fil-A supports "anti-gay" causes.
It appears the Air Force Academy is standing behind its invitation, says William Boykin, a retired U.S. Army general now at the Family Research Center.
"The Air Force Academy, as far as I am concerned, has thus far done the right thing," he tells OneNewsNow, "by explaining that they have people (from) all kinds of backgrounds and beliefs that they allow to speak there."
Weinstein enjoyed an attentive audience at the Pentagon during the Obama administration, and bragged about his supposed influence, but the Trump administration hasn't been so quick to answer the phone when the attorney is demanding action.
Weinstein once told a congressional committee he didn't regret describing his fight against religious executives in war-like terms.
OneNewsNow reported that his anti-religious fight included complaining when an Air Force Reserve newsletter published an airman's account of his church's Christmas-time mission trip to Central America.
Boykin points out that President Trump, in fact, issued an executive order to protect the religious freedom of anyone wearing a uniform in the armed forces.
"There was a time when the rights of our young men and women in our military were not being protected," says Boykin, "and that was the eight years of the Obama administration."