The true colors of Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, Founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, have really begun to stick out lately, as he and his organization are attacking our Air Force Academy over football players that will voluntarily kneel to pray before the Armed Forces Bowl takes place on Tuesday, December 29th. Mr. Weinstein is a loyal and patriotic veteran of the United States Air Force, but has a different view upon the Constitution and in particular, the establishment clause. His war is waged against what he calls, “far-right militant radical evangelical religious fundamentalists.” (MRFF Website)
Somehow Mr. Weinstein believes that when any tax payer supported institution conducts or appears to support any religious organization, that support is unconstitutional. I guess that means, our military Chaplains, our Congressional prayer and even our call from former Presidents for national prayer is wrong constitutionally, because in his view they violate the establishment clause. Yet, the Supreme Court of the land sees it differently in the case, Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783 (1983).
“The Supreme Court of the United States held that government funding for chaplains was constitutional because of the “unique history” of the United States. Three days before the ratification of the First Amendment in 1791, containing the Establishment clause, the federal legislature authorized hiring a chaplain for opening sessions with prayer.”
Logic would have it, if the court which found in favor (6 to 3) of not only having chaplains, but also paying them as not being a violation of what would become the establishment clause in 1791 as constitutional, then why would they have a problem with any governmental organization allowing for prayer in any public place. The truth is the founding fathers and the Supreme Court decision of 1983 had no problem with any public official praying, thus we have chaplains.
Now let’s jump to today as the Air Force looks to take on that great “fundamentalist Christian school,” The University of California at Berkley. Why does it bother Mr. Weinstein and his organization so much that players from both sides will voluntarily gather for what he calls an “Air Force Prayer Stunt”? Could it be that maybe he is afraid the players will pray for him? Could it be that maybe somehow he really believes the prayer will be heard by God and responded to, putting him out of his nonprofit business? Or even worse yet, would Mr. Weinstein and his organization call our soldiers gathering together in combat uniforms to pray in a foxhole as unconstitutional?
I think it is safe to say that this nation is here today because American men and women in leadership were not afraid to admit their need for God’s wisdom in governing the affairs of this nation. We are indeed a blessed people because of prayer.
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17