– “This is an incredible outrage. Our allied commander in World War II was a German. His last name was Eisenhower, I looked it up. But no one ever came up to him and said, ‘you can’t lead because you’re German’. –
Just contaced and off the phone with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)’s executive director, Mikey Weinstein, described by Harper’s magazine as the “Constitutional conscience of the U.S. military.”
Weinstein is appalled at the bigotry and cowardice of those who would deny Muslims their First Amendment and “human rights” to open a community center and a mosque in New York City.
“This is shameful, scandalous, outrageous effort that is un-American and idiotic. Here’s their reasoning: Muslims go to mosques. The 9/11 killers were Muslim. So all Islam is evil, and mosques are evil. They do not differentiate,” said an angry Weinstein.
“Look, Mike, our Foundation is not political. This should not be a political issue this is a human rights issue. We have 180 clients who are Muslims serving in the American military and it’s the same scandalous affair there as well,” said Weinstein. “At least these people in New York objecting to this human right do not have command-and-control authority over nuclear weapons and laser-guided missiles like our military. But this is the same mentality we fight against. Our military is incredibly Islamphobic and unfortunately so are some people who call themselves ‘American.’”
His voice dripping with sardonic sarcasm, Weinstein continued, “This is an incredible outrage. Our allied commander in World War II was a German. His last name was Eisenhower, I looked it up. But no one ever came up to him and said, ‘you can’t lead because you’re German’. The anti-Mosque mentality is horrible but it’s nothing new.”
Weinstein, 1977 Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy that is still a center of discrimination against non-Christians by dominionist religions, said, “It is a disgrace any American thinks there should not be a mosque there in New York. It is a disgrace that Americans would think this in opposition to the Constitution, but this reflects much of the American military’s view, the culture is there. There is nothing worse we could be doing to act as an accelerant and lubricant to transforming young Islamic men and women around the world into insurrectionists and jihadists than to say to a Muslim, ‘you are not entitled to freedom’. This is the work of fundamentalist Christians and ultra-extreme, rightwing Jews.”
Editor’s Note: Thank you Mikey Weinstein. I truly was beginning to think our country was getting in short supply of passionate voices standing up for freedom and against bigotry and hate.
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