A military band canceled its appearance at the annual “Carolina Celebration of Liberty” concert because it was held at a church.
The 246th Army Band of the South Carolina National Guard removed itself from the annual celebration held in June at the First Baptist Church in Columbia.
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The decision was made after they were ordered to cease and desist by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a national organization that gets triggered by the Holy Bible and the Baby Jesus.
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“You are directed to immediately cease and desist forthwith from having this military band unit participate,” MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein wrote in a letter to the adjutant general of South Carolina. “The band’s participation in this event would incontrovertibly and viciously violate the No Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.”
Weinstein also alleged that the band’s performance at the Baptist church would “abrogate the U.S. Army’s Core Values and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”
Within five hours of receiving the MRFF’s demand letter, the military band surrendered.
Critics were angered because the church billed the huge celebration and production as a way to “celebrate our freedom as Americans and our freedom in Christ.”
Weinstein said the band’s performance would be totally illegal, unethical, and immoral.”
I have no doubt that many of the woke evangelical crowd would agree with Weinstein.
The woke evangelicals came to power during the Trump presidency. Many were inflicted with an incurable case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
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They are perpetually offended by any reference to American exceptionalism in the pulpit and many have suffered microaggressions at the sight of an American flag in the sanctuary.
The church did not comment on the incident and neither did the military.
Weinstein’s organization said they received an email from a band member who confirmed their participation had been canceled.
“The band was relieved that the right decision was ultimately reached and that we are no longer being asked to violate the law or military policy,” the unnamed and aggrieved musician wrote.
It’s really too bad that no one told the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to blow their concerns about the bassoon.