U.S. Marines Cancel Speaker Due to Christian Background
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Wednesday that the Marine Corps canceled a JAG reservist training session last week after an anti-religion group intervened when it learned that a speaker at a training session was Chrisitan.
Collins said Mikey Weinstein’s group, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, was tipped off about the class being taught by a retired Air Force chaplain who currently works for Cru, which is the largest evangelical Christian mission in the world. Collins said the volunteer presenter’s bio mentions biblical leadership during the Battle at Gettysburg.
Collins said in less than an hour after the anti-religion group mentioned that some of the reservists were concerned about Jay Lorenzen’s beliefs, he was yanked. Collins, who is a military chaplain, said he is pragmatic about the separation of religion and the military and said if it was a mandatory class on the biblical perspective on Gettysburg, he could see the issue.
“But this was not the case,” he said. “Mikey [Weinstein] just lied and every time he was asked about it yesterday, we noticed that his story kept changing that finally it just came back to the fact that in the bio, the guy’s a Christian, he taught a Christian class on this so we can’t have him anywhere near it. That is the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in a long time.”
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Weinstein told Fox News that the session was unconstitutional and pointed to how quickly the USMC was to change its mind and cancel the lesion.
“The fact that the Marine [senior] leaders called back on my personal cell phone 64 minutes later and simply said ‘done’ following up with that confirming email makes it QUITE clear that the senior leadership in Washington agreed with us 100%,” he said.
The report said that the Marines confirmed that the course was canceled but did not give a reason. The lesson was supposed to be a “virtual battlefield tour of Gettysburg using a video from the National Park Service” and was part of the annual training, according to a statement.
Collins, who is running for the Republican Senate seat in Georgia, said that Weinstein is on a crusade to ban all religion in the military and ignore 200 plus years of history.