Robins Air Force Base Reverses Anti-Christian Decision, Upholds Freedom
TUPELO, Miss.—Recently, personnel at the gate of Robins Air Force Base in Georgia received a surprise when they were told they could no longer tell base visitors to “have a blessed day.” The directive came after an airman lodged a complaint after hearing this greeting at the gate.
Instead of going to his superior, however, the airman took his objection to the anti-Christian leader of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Mikey Weinstein, who quickly called the base, demanding the base take action. In the space of a three-minute phone call, the commander caved to Weinstein’s demands. But Weinstein’s victory was short lived. And Robins soon thereafter rightfully reversed the decision and now continues to allow staff to use the greeting of “have a blessed day.”
American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net), which regularly champions religious freedom for America’s military, praised the reversal.
“We were pleased to see Robins Air Force Base take corrective action to stop this attack on our troops’ religious liberties,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Efforts to strip the religious liberties of those serving in the military are simply unfounded and inexcusable, and we are committed to defending the rights of those fighting so selflessly for all of our freedoms.”
AFA’s news service, OneNewsNow.com, also recently reported that according to an advocate for religious freedom in the military, some Air Force commanders have been told to just “send it up the chain of command” when they get a complaint from Weinstein.
“I’ve been told by a confidential source that senior leaders at the Air Force are now instructing commanders that [they] do not have to listen every time Mikey calls,” Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty told OneNewsNow.
Crews also told OneNewsNow that military officials have told him the days of Weinstein’s bullying are over. Air Force commanders, he says, are being told that when the MRFF founder calls, “tell him, ‘Thank you for the call,’ and then send it up the chain of command so they can start making correct decisions early on.”
“I think there are some in the senior leadership of the Air Force who are really wanting to do the right thing now—and I’m grateful for that,” the retired chaplain said.