Chaplain Pushes Back By Distributing Bibles at Base After Scripture Removed From Missing Man Table

Sonny Hernandez-compressedDAYTON, Ohio — Following the removal of a Bible from a missing man table at an Ohio Air Force base due to the demands of a notorious church-state separation group, a military chaplain at the site is pushing back by distributing thousands of copies of the word of God to stationed airmen.

As previously reported, in April, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) wrote to officials at the Wright-Patterson Air Force base after the organization allegedly received more than 30 complaints about the Bible’s inclusion in the display. MRFF claims that 10 of those who complained identified as Christian.

According to the National League of POW/MIA Families, the Bible is traditionally present at missing man tables, and “represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.” The display additionally includes a place setting, a rose and a candle.

But in its letter to the Wright-Patterson Air Force base, MRFF asserted that the table should be moved to the base chapel or that it should be more inclusive of other religions.

“This is simply an example where the Air Force should have a policy that makes it absolutely clear that nobody’s religious affiliation is on [exclusive] display,” President Mikey Weinstein told the Air Force Times.

Days later, the base chose to remove the Bible from the missing man table.

“We thoroughly assessed this particular situation and made the determination to remove the Bible,” Marie Vanover, spokesperson for Wright-Patterson, told reporters. “Mutual respect is an essential part of the Air Force culture and we must ensure we create an environment in which people can realize their highest potential, regardless of one’s personal religious or other beliefs.”

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But U.S. Air Force Chaplain Sonny Hernandez, who serves at the base, decided to push back against MRFF’s efforts. Hernandez was named the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Individual Mobilization Accession Company Grade Officer of the Year in 2015, and also was recognized after organizing 70 volunteers to pack and distribute 450 meals for the homeless.

On June 4, Hernandez led a Bible distribution to airmen and civilians, which he outlined in a blog post entitled “Dear Military Religious Freedom Foundation: Remove One Bible, Thousands Will Take Its Place.”

“Mr. Weinstein does not contend with anyone who distributes material that references Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, leprechauns or fairies. Why? It is because none of them exist! Weinstein always contends with references of God because he knows God exists,” he wrote.

“Mr. Weinstein does not reject the truth of the Bible because it contradicts itself; instead, he rejects the Bible because it contradicts him, which is why he always tries to suppress the truth because he loves his sin,” Hernandez said.

He told Christian News Network this week that he has received much support from airmen at the base—a number of whom have expressed their desire to personally join the effort.

“I’ve actually been contacted by airmen at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base that are actually going to coalesce together, and they are involved now in distributing Bibles with me,” Hernandez stated. “I’ve had people call me and say, ‘Please get me boxes. I’ll fill my car up and I’ll make sure I distribute them as well.'”

“My goal now is to take thousands of Bibles there every month when I go to training,” he said.

Hernandez, who has sought to debate Weinstein on the topic of religious liberty, but did not receive a response, says that Christians should not be afraid of MRFF nor capitulate to its demands.

“If Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF try to interfere with legal intimidation,” he wrote in his blog post, “those who receive his demands will be reminded, ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).'”

As previously reported, Weinstein has a long history of expressing objection to Christian expression in the military. In 2013, he asked Department of Defense officials to punish superiors who attempted to proselytize their subordinates.

“It is a version of being spiritually raped and you are being spiritually raped by fundamentalist Christian religious predators,” Weinstein asserted.

He also appeared before Congress a year later, where he was questioned by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) about his hostility toward Christianity.

“On June 16, 2013, you said, ‘Today we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nations armed forces.’ Did you you make that quote?” Forbes asked.

“I did,” Weinstein replied frankly.

Last year, he wrote a blog post calling for the ousting of Christian chaplains who disagree with same-sex “marriage,” and also demanded that Satan, Allah Odin and others be added to a “God bless the military” display in Hawaii.

In December, Weinstein sought to stop the Colorado Air Force Academy football teams’s practice of praying together on the field before games, but his request was struck down by military officials.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed by Sonny Hernandez are solely his and do not necessarily represent the views of any government, military or religious organization.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Americans definitely need the Holy Bible like the rest of mankind. America has no morality apart from Christianity. Christianity has been the sole conscience of the Western civilization thus of the entire world. The Western world is being hit by the mental illness of inability to differenciate man and woman because the culture rebels against God and is suffering from meaninglessness and boredom. (Romans ch.1) Abolishing racism was good, but no one imagined that the Western culture would abolish the difference between right and wrong and between two genders and between humanity and other species. Even pagans know that men and women are different and that suicide is wrong; the Western mental illness must not be forced upon mankind. Rich perv West must give up its boredom because many Earthlings are still suffering from the lack of basic needs. No slavery to wealthy mental patients. Exploitation is done more than enough. Christians must keep sanity for everyone’s sake. Children have rights to purity and normality. Everyone has rights to God’s truth; the pillar-value of the Christian West thus of the entire world. Apart from the Biblical principles, man cannot live like man.

    • Mellow Fellow

      “Even pagans know that men and women are different….” – Grace today
      “The Holy Bible is the only item that has taught mankind that men and women are equal.” – Grace of yesterday

      Are you ok? Seems like you might have a concussion.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Man and woman are different but are equal before God, and some roles of man and woman never overlap. Read the text. You really need to read and study all of the Holy Bible; don’t pick and choose. Get writers’ intended meanings; it’s the basis of interpretation. You also must stop bullying and stalking others. Be a good American man.

        • Mellow Fellow

          Pointing out the sin of lying and stopping those who twist gods word into something untrue is the duty of every christian. It should be yours as well.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You think others are lying because you are ignorant on the Word of God. Study the Holy Bible properly and then say something.

          • Mellow Fellow

            You are projecting. I’ve already outed your biblical ignorance and constant need to lie about what Tim said in the bible.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Read 1 Corinthians ch.14 as well. Both were written by Apostle Paul under the Holy Spirit. You have no rights to quote 1 Timothy to me in the first place because you are not related to me anyway, if I borrow your reasoning.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Truth is closely linked to freedom, almost identical. The founding concept of the God-given human freedom in the Western world thus of the entire planet is as follows: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17) No Bible = No truth = No freedom. The monuments are everywhere, although the Western atheists are trying to demolish those memorials throughout the land in the manner of any lie-loving tyrants. Americans just need to read the Holy Bible and the writings of their normal noble forefathers to find out facts. Hiding the Christianity’s contribution in the West is as hard as hiding the Creator God in the creation world. Americans must stop hating God and hating their hard-working forefathers and start giving thanks and praises to God. USA is meaningless apart from Christianity. Man is not animal; he does not exist for pleasures or money or fame but for the glory of God. Jesus is the Saviour of the world.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Beautiful witness, Sister Grace, as always!

    • Mellow Fellow

      Truth? LOL. You don’t know the difference between timothy and corinthians, and instead of owning up to your mistake, you doubled down on sin. Repent or be forever regarded as a blasphemer. You are a woman, the bible makes it crystal clear that you need to listen to us men.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        You are wrong. Jesus commanded His every follower to testify His truth. The Holy Bible tells God’s people to reject apostates such as you. (Matthew ch.28, Revelation ch.2-3, Galatians ch.1-2)

        • Mellow Fellow

          You have tripled down on sin, not truth. There is zero chance of you being a christian, as you do not know that repentance is required for your sin.

          For those of you unaware, she believes that Timothy’s chapter in the bible labeled “Instructions for Women” is only applicable in a church setting, regardless of the fact that Timothy never mentions the church once. She was thinking of Corinthians, and rather than simply admit to making a human error, she has been consumed by the sin of compulsive lying ever since. That is her version of truth.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            I repent my daily sins and trust Jesus for forgiveness and renewal and transformation; testifying to the truth anywhere is what God commands all His people. Apostle Paul wrote I & II Timothy. What you said about me is a falsehood, and you are not Christian and therefore I do not need to heed you regarding practicing Christianity. You are bullying on-line. Reveal your real name if you are going after individuals like this. Play fair like the American forefathers taught mankind in yesteryears. Non-christian Americans know no honesty or dignity as a man.

          • Mellow Fellow

            Why are you still denying you made a simple mistake?

            “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” – Timothy

            “This is not a church setting as the context indicates. ” – Grace

            I think I hear a crow calling.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You must not take my writings as exercising authority or teaching; it’s been your personal problem. It is wrong for your “church” to practice female ordination against the plain teachings of the Holy Bible; that’s why you’ve been in errors ever since.

          • Mellow Fellow

            Why are you lying about making a simple mistake that everyone can see?

            I never said or even implied my church ordains females. Another compulsive lie, I honestly think you are incapable of being truthful.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            What is your denomination? You must read all of the Biblical texts regarding all issues. 1) Wife must obey husband, though obedience to God is first and foremost in all obedience to any human authorities. 2) Woman must not exercise spiritual authority over man according to God’s creation order. 3) Every believer must testify and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s truth.
            Your opposition against women openly sharing Christian truths must come from your denomination’s unbiblical defects.

          • Mellow Fellow

            That’s nice. Yet none of it is an admission of lying about making a mistake.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Read the entire text of the Holy Bible at least several times in your life. Study systematic theology and the art of interpretation. You also need English grammar, literature, history, natural science, math, and foreign languages. Learning the Holy Bible requires all fields of knowledge. Most importantly, ask God to help you understand His Word – have a prayer life. Also, you must not hate your brother or sister but forgive everyone as God forgave you in Christ.

          • Mellow Fellow

            I want to see you repent and be saved rather than repeatedly stain your soul with lies and disingenuous questions. You claimed my church ordains women, but don’t know my denomination. How is that possible without lying? It’s not.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Your problem is illiteracy on the Holy Bible. If you belongs to a church, your denomination has a doctrinal problem unless you are a rebel on your own. You are not interested in people’s salvation.

          • Mellow Fellow

            Really? I already proved to be liar about what the bible says. Timmy never mentioned the church did he? Nope. You were confused, which in itself it not a sin, but then you have compulsively lied ever since. I feel bad for you.

            My denomination (which you claimed ordains women) has a “doctrinal problem”, but yet you don’t know my denomination, doctrines or tenets. I can’t even keep track of the number of lies you have vomited.

            I’m bored until you start acting like a christian on this site.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            1 Timothy ch. 2 must be understood with 1 Corinthians ch.14, as you are not related to me in any way. You show no Christian knowledge or Christian spirit you should not write me or to any woman, until you reform your way. You must not stalk anyone.

  • TopnColorado

    As a retired Air Force First Sergeant, and in-country Vietnam Vet, I am
    extremely offended that some bullshit civilian atheist group is trying
    to change the tradition of the “Missing Man” table honoring those who
    are POW’s and MIA’s!!! It is none of their damn business what they are
    doing on base! I salute this Chaplain who is fighting back by
    distributing God’s Word. There was a lot of prayer in Vietnam, and I’m
    positive in Iraq and Afghanistan too.

    • Bob Johnson

      That would be
      U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Michael L. Weinstein, ret.
      Graduate United States Air Force Academy in 1977

      • getstryker

        And what??? That’s supposed to impress someone. The man is a legend in your mind only! To the rest of us . . . he’s a tool.

        • Bob Johnson

          Weinstein is not as TopnColorado states a “civilian atheist” – he is a U. S. Air Force jew. At least get your facts right.

          • getstryker

            Answered above

      • getstryker

        Mickey is a Jew – so what?!
        As far as the rest of your comment – you are in error! – He does head up a ‘civilian atheist group’ and is a civilian – just as TopNColorado said. Weinstein served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer for ten years. (NOTE: He served as ‘a’ JAG ‘officer’.. . NOT ‘the’ Judge Advocate General)
        Yes, do get your facts straight!

    • getstryker

      TopNColorado – you are correct – Bob Johnson’s comments are in error.

  • ComeOnPeople!

    Now if all Christians would stand just as tall as this man… what a difference we all could make. The only way for evil men to prosper is for good men to do nothing.

  • Josey

    I think it’s high time to see the false rainbow flag removed as I find it offensive to my beliefs for the Biblical rainbow is a promise God placed in the sky as to never flood the earth again and also is a over the very Throne of God and represents holiness to me not sodomy. You want to remove the bible and everything that relates to the bible, then all your sinful symbols that are offensive to me must be removed as well, lighting the white house up in rainbow colors was offensive to me as it was representation of celebrating sinful marriage between men and men and women and women, the white house belongs to the ppl and is nothing more than a home built for the present president to stay in while he is holding the office of presidency and is a government building. I also don’t want to see anymore commercials with a man kissing a man or woman kissing a woman, it is offensive to me a well. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. I also find it offensive for a man to wear a ladies clothing article so that needs to stop too, btw, lets get rid of all references to homosexuality in the rag mags in check out aisles at grocery stores for I find those offensive too. This shows how ridiculous FFRF has become but if they want to remove all things good and holy because it offends them, well let’s just remove the things that offend all ppl. And since there is a homosexual pride parade where they let it all hang out and proudly display their sickening perversions, I suggest all Christians come together and build a float with a huge Bible on it and we display proudly our belief in traditional marriage as God designed it in their parade, who’s going to stop us from it and let’s have a band playing songs to glorify Christ as we go through the parade. Sound ludicrous? This is what they do and it is ludicrous and takes all rights from ppl except for the small percentage of perverts. Takes the right to be an individual with beliefs away. Ty for letting me vent.

    • lizk

      People should read Romans 1:24-32

  • Fee

    What a mighty man of God you are, Bro. Hernandez! May God continue to bless, keep, and use you for His glory. Prayers and much appreciation for you!

  • cocomom

    MRFF, Weinstein; the “chronically offended.”These people get up in the morning just looking for something to be outraged about. 30 complaints? 10 from Christians? I’m calling BS..

  • Why doesn’t Mr Weinstein go back to North Korea where his precious atheism is the state religion?