U.S. Military Not Backing Down After Group Urges Withdrawal from National Day of Prayer Event

Military prayer pdWASHINGTON — The U.S. military has no plans to back out of a National Day of Prayer event after being urged by a prominent activist group to withdraw, reports state.

Mikey Weinstein, the president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, recently sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, asking that the Department of Defense distance itself from next month’s observance in Washington. Weinstein said that military participation in the event would suggest the government endorsement of Christianity.

“The planned participation by uniformed U.S. military personnel in this private fundamentalist Christian religious event, run by a non-federal entity, is an unequivocally clear violation of [a] plethora of DoD regulations and instructions,” the letter stated. “The U.S. military absolutely cannot endorse these searingly sectarian events by its public participation in them.”

The event, which will be held at the Cannon House Office building on May 1st, is organized by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, led by Shirley Dobson. Weinstein said that he takes no issue with the National Day of Prayer itself, but believes that the Task Force is using the event to push Christianity on the people.

“The National Day of Prayer Task Force is to the National Day of Prayer as what a National Football League al-Qaida chapter would be to the National Football League,” he stated, according to the Army Times.

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) had requested military participation in the event, which will include a color guard, a military band, a vocalist and a chaplain. Other scheduled speakers will include Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of Billy Graham, James and Shirley Dobson of Focus on the Family and Vonette Bright, the co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Weinstein says that he has received over two dozen complaints from Pentagon workers who object to military participation the prayer gathering. He also expressed disappointment in his correspondence that the only Jewish representation at the event will be a messianic leader, since Weinstein himself is a Jew.

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He asked that the Department of Defense not only pull out of the event, but all punish those that approved military participation.

“[The Military Religious Freedom Foundation] respectfully demands that [Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel] aggressively investigate and appropriately punish any of the individuals and/or organizations that would have allowed for uniformed personnel to participate in this sectarian spectacle,” Weinstein wrote.

But according to Stars & Stripes, the military has no plans to withdraw from the gathering, which has been observed annually via the National Day of Prayer Task Force for over the past two decades.

Other national prayer observances have been held since the nation’s founding and often centered on Christianity. In 1798, President John Adams proclaimed a national day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.

“As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him,” he wrote, “…this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities—the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity—are a loud call to repentance and reformation.”

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  • Eugene Connors

    the FOOL says in his heart, there is no God…. but He Who Sits In The Heavens Laughs, The Lord Shall Have Them In Derision; He Sees That Their Day Is Coming…. so let us consider then, the kindness and severity of God…. to them who obey, kindness; but to those who fall away, wrath and indignation,to every soul… for it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God…. EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, and EVERY TONGUE CONFESS, that Jesus Christ Is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father

    • Pat Baldwin

      AMEN! Standing Ovation for Eugene Connors! Awesome reply! Blessings to you and yours!

  • Webb

    Mikey Weinstein is a godless Jew and bigoted thug who hates Christians. This bully needs to be put in his place and stopped.

    • Pat Baldwin

      Mikey Weinstein is another George Soros.

  • Table

    NO,NO Mikey Weinstein we will not obey your demands. Who do you think your are?

  • Whatever happned. to in God in trust so let military call out Gods name his our only hope..i bless our sevice men and women…

  • Buck

    Back in the sixty, There was more everything ungodly thing going, except open homo’s. But Christianity was not a problem for the Military. Do you notices something different?

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  • As I said on the the DISCUSS OF THIS ARTICLE, I believed it and remain firm on that till Jesus come for the church God bless.

  • Ithamar

    The first article I have ever read that identified Weinstein as a Jew, which is at the center of his anti-Christian crusade. Like his fellow Jewish activist (Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center and David Silverman of the American Atheist Association) Weinstein’s only target for ridicule and destruction is Christianity. He never complains against the blatant abuses of Muslims nor their influence in Washington, the undue influence and moral/social/political agenda of Jews, or governmental involvement of Buddhist, etc. In fact, those who dare mention his Jewishness are immediately labeled as anti-Semites.