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May 06, 2013

Stop "Spiritually Raping" Me!!!

So.... literally tens of you may be wondering where the Blog Princess hath gotten herself off to of late. In addition to some family things that momentarily diverted her from the extremely important job of boring you witless with her inane ramblings, she has a bit of a bombshell to drop on the blatherosphere. Last week, the Princess made an alarming discovery. Whilst idly surfing the 'Net, she discovered that over the last 30 or so years she has been repeatedly gang raped. Oh yes, peoples - you read correctly:

Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing.

President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished – by the hundreds if necessary – to stave off what he called a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.”

“Someone needs to be punished for this,” Weinstein told Fox News. “Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior.”

And you thought Republicans were the only public figures ignorant and insensitive enough to trivialize rape for political advantage! The Blog Princess is not quite sure how she can have been raped over and over and over again by so many without the trauma somehow penetrating her consciousness, but she is assured by An Important Expert named "Mikey" that this is indeed the case:

“If a member of the military is proselytizing in a manner that violates the law, well then of course they can be prosecuted,” he said. “We would love to see hundreds of prosecutions to stop this outrage of fundamentalist religious persecution.”

He compared the act of proselytizing to rape.

“It is a version of being spiritually raped and you are being spiritually raped by fundamentalist Christian religious predators,” he told Fox News.

He said there is a time and a place for those in uniform to share their faith – but he took issues with fundamentalism that he says is causing widespread problems in the military.

“When those people are in uniform and they believe there is no time, place or manner in which they can be restricted from proselytizing, they are creating tyranny, oppression, degradation, humiliation and horrible, horrible pain upon members of the military,” he said.

Perkins said the military regulations have “Weinstein’s fingerprints all over it.”

“It threatens to treat service members caught witnessing as enemies of the state,” he said, referring to a Washington Post article highlighting Weinstein’s meeting with Pentagon officials. “Non-compliance, the Pentagon suggests, even from ordained chaplains could result in court-martialing on a case-by-case basis.”

The Pentagon confirmed to Fox News that Christian evangelism is against regulations.

“Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense, LCDR Nate Christensen said in a written statement. He declined to say if any chaplains or service members had been prosecuted for such an offense.

...In an interview with the Washington Post, Weinstein called proselytizing a “national security threat.”

“And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason,” he told the newspaper. “It should be punished.”

Perkins said it was troubling the Obama Administration would place so much trust in someone like Weinstein.

“Unfortunately, it appears our military is on a forced march away from the very freedoms they are sworn to protect,” he said. “This language from Weinstein that Christians who share their faith or offer comfort to others from their faith in Jesus Christ is “sedition and treason” is a treasonous statement in and of itself.”

Well this is a fine how-do-you-do. Once we were taught that there are no atheists in foxholes. Apparently, there was no room for them because the foxholes were full of rapists!

Now that she's been sensitized to the undeniable truth that mere expression of beliefs she doesn't happen to share is tantamount to violent sexual assault, the Princess' mind is reeling with repressed memories of the thousands of times she has been brutalized by Amerikkka's shameful rape culture:

Those two Jehovah's Witnesses who lived next door to her in Yucca Valley? Rape-ity rape rape. It's shocking to think that two little old ladies in sensible shoes are capable of such things, but that's the world we live in these days.

All those fundraising emails from the Obama campaign? Can you say, "rape", boys and girls? We knew that you could.

Hare Krishnas handing out leaflets at airports and Gideon's bibles in hotel nightstand drawers? Do you even have to ask?

Muslims who want us to know more about their faith in the so-called 'belief' that somehow, this unwelcome verbal touching knowledge will foster tolerance and improve cultural understanding? Rapists, every last one.

Soldiers and Marines with Bible verses inked onto their arms? Tattoo rapists.

Every.single.commenter.at.VC who has dared to express opinions contrary to those advanced by the Editorial Staff is guilty of Comment Rape. You know who you are.


It's time to face a shocking truth: we have all been raped at one time or another. Fortunately, the human mind is capable of protecting us from recognizing that every day, we are penetrated in every mental orifice by people who want to tell us about what they believe - to persuade, cajole, entice, seduce. To spiritually rape us... with.their.words.

Fellow rape survivors, tear off your blindfolds!!! It's time to shine the white-hot spotlight of truthiness on this outrage. Feel free to share your rape stories in the comments section....

...unless, of course, they violate someone else's beliefs, in which case SHAME ON YOU!!!

Posted by Cassandra at May 6, 2013 06:50 AM

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Show me on the doll where the bad man's ideas touched you?

Posted by: MikeD at May 6, 2013 08:27 AM

I thought this was hilarious too:

"... you can’t scream fire in a crowded theater and you can’t scream Jesus in a crowded theater at certain times, places, and in certain manners.”"

You can't scream, "Fire!" in a crowded theater when there's no fire because it might cause panic and people might get hurt. It's not really clear why screaming, "Jesus!" in a crowded theater would cause similar harm, but I'm pretty sure it would get a whole bunch of folks who aren't the slightest bit religious in hot water :p

Posted by: Cass at May 6, 2013 08:45 AM

...and to think, the Army used to hand out Bibles to its soldiers. I still have the one they issued to my grandfather.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at May 6, 2013 09:32 AM

They're still available if you want them. I have two Army-issued Bibles from different tours in Iraq, with ACU covers and everything.

Posted by: Grim at May 6, 2013 09:56 AM

My understanding was that, at that time, you didn't have to ask for them. If you didn't want it, you had to give it back.

Or was I told wrongly?

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at May 6, 2013 10:00 AM

Oh chill Whinestein. It's not rape-rape. It's not like being hyperbolized in the prison shower.

Posted by: George Pal at May 6, 2013 10:01 AM

I honestly don't know how it used to be, although I can ask my father next time I see him -- he was an Army Drill Sergeant in his day, and probably knows. He's a storyteller, though, and loves to tell his stories again and again (which helps us to remember them). He's got quite a few stories about the army, but the only ones I remember involving chaplains just mentioned in passing that a given man was a chaplain as a way of establishing his sterling character.

In any event, as we were deploying one of the last stops before getting on the plane was the chaplain station set up by the chaplains at FT Benning. They would ask about your religious preference, provide whatever materials were appropriate to your answer and make the necessary marks on your paperwork. The only thing like evangelizing I heard them do while standing in those lines was, if someone should say they had no preference, they sometimes would say, "Well, you're going to war. You might want to think about it."

Posted by: Grim at May 6, 2013 10:50 AM

It's not like being hyperbolized in the prison shower.

Oh, the Humynity!

Posted by: Cass - Confirmation Bigot-in-Training at May 6, 2013 10:51 AM

They would ask about your religious preference, provide whatever materials were appropriate to your answer and make the necessary marks on your paperwork. The only thing like evangelizing I heard them do while standing in those lines was, if someone should say they had no preference, they sometimes would say, "Well, you're going to war. You might want to think about it."

I grew up in a Navy family and then spent 30 years as a Marine wife.

The only time I heard anything close to proselytizing (actually, it was more like witnessing or giving thanks) was at one hail and farewell where the CO and a few of the younger officers credited God with a large part of any success they enjoyed as commanders.

Which was fine. If people are so emotionally fragile that they can't tolerate a general comment or two not even specifically aimed at them, they have no business going to war.

Oh, and Spiritual Rape Breath is a whack job :p

Not sure what it is about religion that brings out the closeted hysteric in people? Any kind of command pressure related to religion has always been off limits - that's really nothing new. But it does speak volumes about this administration's general tone deafness that they consider this guy a credible expert on religious tolerance :p

Posted by: Cassandra at May 6, 2013 11:34 AM

Wouldn't Mikey's efforts to push to enforce a full on ban of religious proselytization . . .'with zeal' turn him and his 'group' into a type of *gasp proselytizer persecutor kind of person??!!!

BTW - how old is Mikey?? Maybe his shorts are all in a knot of persecution because of his moniker?

I would venture a guess that this particular Mikey did NOT like his cereal! ;-)

Posted by: Nina at May 6, 2013 11:36 AM

"You know who you are."

Waddn't me.

Posted by: Evil Twin at May 6, 2013 01:46 PM

*Points finger*

Nobody did it!

Posted by: Ida Know at May 6, 2013 02:15 PM

Mikey Weinstein's been in this business for years -- I recall him getting involved in a flap over students evangelizing (or more often casually mentioning their religion in passing) at the Air Force Academy around 10 years ago. Sounds like he's gotten even more hysterical since then.

Posted by: Matt at May 6, 2013 04:13 PM

Wouldn't Mikey's efforts to push to enforce a full on ban of religious proselytization . . .'with zeal' turn him and his 'group' into a type of *gasp proselytizer persecutor kind of person??!!!

It's *different* when he does it!

Posted by: Cassandra at May 6, 2013 05:54 PM

"Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as zealotry, demagoguery, ruthless pedantry, and an almost fanatical insistence on the brutal suppression of free speech..."

Posted by: Nobody Expects the Atheist Inquisition at May 6, 2013 05:58 PM

This is waay too weird, even for lefties.
You've had up close experience w/ our Marines, and I have great respect for their willingness to fight, kill and offer their lives on commend on behalf of our Country.

I'm a submarine vet, and we've long been cocky about our role to kill on demand, w/o much personal risk. I *do* distinctly recall agaonizing over the morality of launching a large nuclear strike. I comforted my self with the confidene that we would only launch a retaliatory strike . . .

Whether in a foxhole, face to face w/ the bad guys, or boring holes in the ocean many (most?) in the service find themselves seeking either/both guidance and comfort from a higher power.

I have no problems w/ agnostics (had a bout w/ that myself at one time), or athiests. God will settle up w/ them later. But just as neither your nor I ought to try to force our faith on others, neither does anyone else have the right to interfere w/ my faith . . . nor deny me or anyone the freedom (of both speech and religion) to share my faith w/ others.

Best Regards,

Posted by: CAPT Mike at May 6, 2013 10:10 PM

Oh I've no doubt the 'Its different!" cry has been uttered many a time from ole Mikey . . .Only because he wants it all HIS way no matter what planet he's orbiting around at the time.

And besides - I've found that when a person bellows 'but that's different . . ' during the course of a conversation it usually indicates that reality and facts are not their best buddies.

Maybe Mikey needs to change his morning cereal from Frosted Flakes to some sort of fiber enriched "tastes like hay/straw" kinda cereal??

Posted by: Nina at May 6, 2013 11:23 PM

Who, in their right mind, takes advice of any kind (other than baseball) from an adult named "Mikey"?

Posted by: DL Sly at May 7, 2013 10:36 AM

Raised an atheist, I was pretty alert as a child to the casual imposition of religious views. Of course, I wasn't fully formed as a person yet and was more quiveringly sensitive to the danger of having unwelcome views foisted on me. I still managed to survive visits to church with friends and relatives, not to mention a daily recitation of "The Lord's Prayer" at public school (the horror).

These goofballs are straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel. It's been a while since anyone has been at serious risk of being burned at the stake in a Western, Christianized society, but you don't have to look far for places where not being sufficiently pure in your Islamic faith is seriously bad for your health.

Posted by: Texan99 at May 8, 2013 09:46 AM