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May 25, 2018

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kersten was interviewed for a story by the base newspaper entitled, “Meet Your Leadership.”  One question really annoyed Mikey Weinstein, an activist that often decries the presence of religion within the United States Military.  Learn how Mikey Weinstein reacted at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kersten was interviewed for a story by the base newspaper entitled, “Meet Your Leadership.”  The Q&A article ranged from why Kersten joined the air force to his proudest achievements as an officer in the United States Air Force.

One question really annoyed Mikey Weinstein, an activist that often decries the presence of religion within the United States Military.  The question asked, “Is there a leader from your career that influenced you the most?” It was Col. Kersten’s answer that sent Weinstein searching for his computer to type out an angry letter to the base commander.  Kersten answered, “As a Christian, my example is to be like Christ. He is my guide and affects all of my decisions.”

Weinstein was apoplectic.  He denounced Kersten’s answer as proselytization and condemned its presence in a base publication as favoritism to Christianity.  Worse, Weinstein demanded that Kersten be “visibly punished.”

But, “visibly punishing” someone for exercising their religion would be the precise opposite of religious freedom. We do not haul people who exercise their religious liberty to the center of a military base and “visibly punish” them.  That’s not freedom.

Sorry, Mr. Weinstein.  We protect the religious liberty of all Americans—including our service men and women—because religious freedom is a human right, a right not sacrificed in service to our country.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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