In related news, the United States Marines recently began requiring recruits to accompany every salute with “Praise be to Allah,” and members of the U.S. Coast Guard are now required to burn offerings to Poseidon before rescuing anyone.
Oh, no, wait…those things didn’t happen. This did, though: The Air Force just made “so help me God” optional in the enlistment oath, and Pat Robertson rode an A-Bomb of confused rage allllll the way down.
On recent episode of The 700 Club, Robertson’s crew reported on the story of an Air Force airman who crossed out the words “so help me God” on his re-enlistment paperwork. Initially, his superiors told him that the paperwork would not be accepted without Sky Daddy’s seal of approval.
The American Humanist Association represented the airman, and after a bit of cajoling, the DoD General Counsel decided to make the religious invocation optional. Pat Robertson, though, levied his rage not at the airman, not even at the AHA, but at a “little Jewish radical” named Michael Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
Weinstein started the MRFF in 2005, after experiencing discrimination because of his Jewish faith while enlisted as a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy. You can read a few of his quotes toward the end of this article. Here are a few of Pat’s, delivered with all the aging, bloated, creaking, dumb-bombing Crusaderism of any retired Stratofortress. But, have mercy on Pat — in his world, we’re busy carpet-bombing the Soviet Union, and every B-52 has a giant, red cross painted on the nose.
“There’s a left-wing radical named Mikey Weinstein who has got a group about people against religion or whatever he calls it, and he has just terrorized the armed forces,” Robertson opined. “You think you’re supposed to be tough, you’re supposed to defend us, and you got one little JEWISH radical who is scaring the pants off of you.
You want these guys flying the airplanes to defend us when you got one little guy terrorizing them? That’s what it amounts to.”
Try to follow this non-sequitur, if you dare.
“You know, we swear oaths like ‘so help me God,’ well what does it mean? It means ‘with God’s help.’ It doesn’t mean that you have to say you believe in God. It just means ‘I want some help besides myself with the oath I’m taking.’ It’s just crazy.”
Oh, we agree with you there, Pat. And then some. Continue.
“I mean, what is wrong with the Air Force? How can they fly the bombers to defend us if they cave to one little guy?”
Damn RIGHT, Pat! How can our pilots fly the bombers without some kind of guidance from above? Without something higher, something that transcends the realm of everyday human experience, our valiant Crusaders would be lost. Lost, we tell you…LOST!!!
Good thing we’ve got satellites now.
Weinstein describes the group’s target as “a small subset of evangelical Christianity that’s called premilliennial, dispensational, reconstructionist, dominionist, fundamentalist, evangelical Christianity or just Dominionist Christianity.” He further characterized their target as “”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 nation’s armed forces.”
And in response to Robertson’s video above, he replied to The Friendly Atheist:
“Pat Robertson is to human dignity and sanity and integrity and character, what dog sh*t is to a fine French restaurant on the menu.”