An Air Force two-star general is being blasted by a civil liberties group for speaking in uniform about how God has guided his career.
Video posted on YouTube shows Maj. Gen. Craig Olson speaking at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event May 7. In the speech, Olson refers to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ,” who credits God for his accomplishments in the Air Force.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has called for Olson to be “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions” by a court-martial, adding that any other service members who helped him should be investigated and punished “to the full extent of military law.”
This is pretty much a pure clickbait post.
Mikey Weinstein, CEO of the MRFF, is one of those loathesome puritanical atheists. It’s not enough that he be an atheist. To him, there’s always the deep, dark, abiding fear that someone, somewhere might be spiritually fulfilled.
Weinstein has particularly targeted the Air Force, it seems. He’s had some amount of success trolling various installation commanders, to the point where the office of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force has basically told installation commanders to simply refer all complaints to Air Force headquarters, and let them deal with it.
One suspects this is a response to that guidance. Mikey simply cannot abide the thought that someone would ignore him.
We do believe it is incumbent upon uniformed leadership to ensure they are not inadvertently endorsing a religion, or otherwise pressuring their subordinates to conform. But we also believe that simply being promoted to flag rank does not mean that someone should be forced to foreswear discussing one of the central aspects of their life, their personal character, their story.
One hopes the Air Force will see this for the stupid publicity stunt that it is, and remind Mikey that service members too enjoy 1st Amendment rights.