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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Mikey Weinstein’s militant organization, wrote a letter of complaint against US Air Force Chaplain Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes.

MRFF is the very same foundation which has labeled Christians “fundamentalist monsters” and accused Evangelicals of attempting to “reign of theocratic terror.” It would seem Mr. Weinstein is confusing Christians with Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood.

As Breitbart’s legal columnist Ken Klukowski writes:

As an ordained clergyman whose duties are to provide religious instruction and spiritual counseling, he has a page on the base’s website called “Chaplain’s Corner.”

Reyes recently wrote an essay entitled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.”

This common saying is attributed to a Catholic priest in World War II, made famous when President Dwight D. Eisenhower said during a 1954 speech: “I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”

As reported by Fox News’s Todd Starnes, when Reyes referenced this famous line in his essay, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) contacted the base commander, Col. Brian Duffy, demanding he take action on Reyes’s “anti-secular diatribe.”

MRFF’s letter says that by Reyes’s “use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’ he defiles the dignity of service members.” They accuse him of violating military regulations.

So there is no freedom of speech for military chaplains? When a person enlists as a chaplain they denounce the First Amendment?

Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported re the MRFF letter:

They fired off a letter to the Air Force base allegedly on behalf of 42 anonymous airmen who allegedly complained.

“In the civilian world, such anti-secular diatribe is protected free speech,” wrote MRFF’s Blake Page in a letter to Col. Duffy. “Beyond his most obvious failure in upholding regulations through redundant use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’ he defiles the dignity of service members by telling them that regardless of their personally held philosophical beliefs they must have faith.”

The Air Force agreed and approximately five hours after the MRFF complained, they removed the chaplain’s essay.

“While certainly not intended to offend, the article has been removed from our website,” Col. Duffy wrote in an email to the MRFF.

“We remain mindful of the governing instructions on this matter and will work to avoid recurrence.”

But that’s not good enough for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. They want the chaplain punished for what he wrote.

“Faith based hate, is hate all the same,” Page wrote. “Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately reprimanded.”

Ironically, the Air Force left six complaints about the essay on their website.

Ron Crews, the executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, told Fox News the chaplain was well within his duties to write an article about faith.

“To say ‘everyone has faith’ is correct,” Crews said. “For Weinstein to say, ‘I do not have faith’ must mean he has never flown because to step in an airplane is to have faith in a pilot’s ability and faith that mechanics have properly maintained the plane.”

Crews said the incident is yet another example of chaplains facing attacks for expressing their religious beliefs.

At a time when the Muslims are well-represented within Obama’s administration, and when the Muslim Brotherhood has been, until the recent coup, supported in Egypt by the WH, Islam is tolerated…Christianity not so much.

What would the founders, each of whom espoused Christianity to one degree or another, think of the gagging of a Chaplain?

Here is the “controversial” censored column:

“Chaplain’s Corner: No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II”
By Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes

Many have heard the familiar phrase, “There is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole.”
Where did this come from?

Research I verified in an interview with former World War II prisoner of war Roy Bodine (my friend) indicates the phrase has been credited to Father William Cummings.

As the story goes, Father Cummings was a civilian missionary Catholic priest in the Philippines.

The phrase was coined during the Japanese attack at Corregidor.

During the siege, Cummings had noticed non-Catholics were attending his services. Some he knew were not Catholic, some were not religious and some were even known atheists.

Life-and-death experiences prompt a reality check.

Even the strongest of beliefs can change, and, I may add, can go both ways – people can be drawn to or away from “faith.”

With the pending surrender of allied forces to the Japanese, Cummings uttered the famous phrase “There is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole.”

In one of my many discussions with Roy, he distinctly remembered a period on the “Hell Ships” – these were ships the Japanese used to bring POWs from the Philippines back to Japan. They were unmarked and thus ‘fair game’ for attacks from the allies from the air and sea.

Of the 3,000-plus POWs listed on the ships, only 180 survived the journey.

“When our own planes were attacking us,” Roy said, “I remember Father Cummings calming us down by reciting the Lord’s Prayer and offering up prayers on our behalf. For a brief moment I did not hear the yells and screams of dying men as our boat was attacked by our own men.”

He went on to say, “There was a peaceful quiet during the attack that I cannot explain nor have experienced since.”

Later on during the trip to Japan, Cummings, after giving his food to others who needed it more, succumbed to his own need and died of starvation.

Everyone expresses some form of faith every day, whether it is religious or secular.

Some express faith by believing when they get up in the morning they will arrive at work in one piece, thankful they have been given another opportunity to enjoy the majesty of the day; or express relief the doctor’s results were negative.

The real question is, “Is it important to have faith in ‘faith’ itself or is it more important to ask, ‘What is the object of my faith?’”

Roy never affirmed or expressed whether his faith was rooted in religion or not, but for a moment in time on the “Hell Ships,” he believed in Cummings’ faith.

What is the root or object of your faith?

Is it something you can count on in times of plenty or loss; peace or chaos; joy or sorrow; success or failure?

What is ‘faith’ to you?

Mikey Weinstein has undoubtedly never read the verse which the founders were well-acquainted with:

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

 

 

 
 
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  • Robert Severn

    Bob Dylan “Everybody got to serve someone. Might be the devil, might be the Lord”

    • tamij

      Amen to that, Robert!

  • Susieq2u

    If they are athiests, why are they reading a christian web site article?

    • tamij

      That’s what I wondered? For heaven’s sake!

    • Tasha22

      To search for things they can latch on to like the parasites that they are and destroy it.

  • francis

    Impeachments and High Treasons now

  • Linda Johnroe

    in time of war people change their feelings, these men have never been in difficult or life and death situations.

  • Bea

    It’s sad that our government, military schools, etc have people in charge who have no common sense. Instead of saying, “That’s ridiculous. The article was quoting a popular saying and tying it to all types of faith.” , they quickly remove anything and everything in order to not “offend” anyone. If you’re that sensitive and little things like that offend you, TOO BAD! Maybe it offends me that you don’t have any faith in God, a higher being, getting up in the morning, having food to eat, etc. What happened to having people in charge who ARE in charge?? What a world we live in!

    • Diane Crouse

      Amen to that Bea.

  • Diane Crouse

    My tolerance for the intolerant God haters has come to an end. If you do not like hearing about God, don’t listen. Those who say they are atheist should be the last people that could ever be offended by hearing or reading about someone who does not exist to them. How can one be offended by something that they do not believe exists, even if others do and want to say so? The MRFF is proving that they are not indifferent to God or unbelievers in God, they are proving they hate God, who supposedly does not exist.

    • Tasha22

      Good point. How many of us (except islamists and Jehovah’s Witnesses) are offended by the “tooth fairy,” Santa Claus, Halloween and the like? And while the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not accept or engage in these practices, they don’t bother anyone who does.

  • DMG

    If you want me to listen to your beliefs but you refuse to listen to mine —– then I’ll just shoot you dead!

  • Jan Bowman

    I didn’t se anyplace in the article that states the name of the base where this minister is stationed. Anyone know?

  • ttodd

    What happened to the First Amendment and Freedom of religion??? As far as Christians and the Tea Party— they are the most gentle, caring and loving people in this country! There have not been ANY reports of ANY violence or anything negative at ANY Tea Party rallies ever! Compare that to rallies with Occupy Wall Street and Black Panthers! Weinstein is evil monster and needs to be shut down ASAP! There should be an investigation into the DOD, to find the source of all the ANTI-CHRISTIAN propaganda! disgusting!

  • edieb

    The attacks by the secular, pro-choice, anti-fundamentalist atheists protesting all signs of Christianity offend ME, because they are destroying America with their lifestyles of immorality, greed, and hate. Hate is the reason they attack pro-life Christians and try to deny them the same rights they have to freedom of speech, religion, and the pursuit of happiness. Those who are politicians or judges, with the power to change America’s laws to their benefit and against us, have taken our country into a quagmire, and as they grow more numerous will eventually endanger those of us who believe in God. Christians have to raise their voices…as God has been ignored and blasphemed, he will turn against those who revile him. We can see how America’s fortunes have declined as they have grown in power.

 
 
 
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