By voice vote this afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the amendment of Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of FY2014. This amendment will require the Department of Defense (DoD) to inform Congress whenever its employees meet with outside individuals regarding military policy related to religious liberty.
The objective is to at least expose, and possibly deter, future meetings between Pentagon officials and Mikey Weinstein, the founder and president of the inaptly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation. In April, The Washington Post published the shocking revelation that several Generals and Pentagon officials actually consulted Mr. Weinstein for assistance in formulating Air Force policies concerning "religious tolerance."
Congressman Huelskamp made the following statement:
"Last December, my Military Religious Freedom Protection Act language was incorporated into the NDAA of FY2013. It requires the military to accommodate service members' moral principles and religious beliefs so long as they don't "threaten good order and discipline,' forbids the military from using an individual's beliefs as the basis for an adverse personnel action, and forbids the military from forcing chaplains to perform homosexual marriage ceremonies. When President Obama signed it into law, he claimed the conscience protections I authored were "unnecessary and ill-advised.' That may explain why, six months later, the Obama Administration has not yet promulgated regulations to enforce the new statutory protections. To compound the President's failure to effectuate the new law, Administration officials have been meeting with none other than Mikey Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein is the notorious anti-Christian zealot who says the military ranks are full of "Christian fundamentalist monsters' whose evangelizing constitutes "spiritual rape,' "a national security threat,' and "sedition and treason.'"