Est. May 2008

04 June, 2013

Fruits

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?  So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.   Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Todd Starnes (and others) alerts us to the removal of a painting from the dining hall of the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho because of a Bible verse on it.  The instigator of this removal was the virulently anti-religious founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), Mikey Weinstein, who was acting on the alleged complaints of 21 individuals at the base.

I say ‘alleged’ because so far, the MRFF refuses to release the names.

Some background:  In April, Mikey Weinstein was part of a ‘meeting at the Pentagon on April 23 where they would discuss religious issues in a group that included several generals and a military chaplain.’  Considering Mr. Weinstein’s outspoken attitude regarding Christianity in particular (‘“What is happening (aside from sexual assault) is spiritual rape,” Weinstein told the Washington Post. “And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”’  ‘Weinstein pushed for the military to court martial anyone guilty of religious proselytizing.’  ‘“You need half a dozen court martials real quick,” he told the newspaper.’), there was outrage.  And the Pentagon kicked into high gear to assuage that outrage by saying, in essence, that it that it had no real ‘relationship’ with Mr. Weinstein.

Yet when Mikey called in his complaint to the Pentagon, it took less than an hour (56 minutes, according to retired General Jerry Boykin) for Colonel Christopher Short, the commander of the base, to be told to pull the painting and to pull said painting off the wall.

No relationship with Mikey Weinstein?  Right.  I can tell you exactly what kind of relationship the Pentagon has with Weinstein: servant/master.  How can I tell?  A tree is known by its fruits, folks: Pentagon brass can jabber themselves blue about how they ‘play fair’ with religions and how ‘[t]he document [military regulations governing the free exercise of religion] states that we will remain officially neutral regarding religious beliefs – either officially endorsing nor disapproving any faith belief or absence of belief[.]”, but you tell me: the removal of an ‘offending’ painting with a Bible verse on it – is that ‘approval’ or ‘disapproval’ of a ‘faith belief’?

I think the answer is pretty obvious, don’t you?

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