(Jewish Telegraphic Agency) Michael Weinstein — the Jewish head of the so-called “Military Religious Freedom Foundation” — has for years worked feverishly to remove all traces of Christianity from the military under the guise of “religious freedom” — and now he claims to represent a group of enlistees who are “outraged” by a historic painting that depicts Christ rescuing sailors at sea — as recounted in Matthew 8:23-27:
The painting in a key room in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy was as striking as it was massive: Jesus, his arms outstretched, hovered over a lifeboat packed with grateful sailors, lost at sea.
Eighteen people — including five Jews — among the school’s thousands of midshipmen, alumni, staffers and faculty decided they did not want to see such a sectarian symbol in a room that is home to events, classes and ceremonies where attendance is mandatory.
Last week, they asked the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to appeal on their behalf to the academy, which reports to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The foundation aims to help troops across the U.S. military services seek redress for religious discrimination, often helping them remain anonymous in a culture where complaints have been met with retaliation. The group asked Joanna Nunan, the academy’s superintendent, to remove the painting to a more appropriate venue, perhaps a chapel.
In a Jan. 10 letter, Mikey Weinstein, the foundation’s Jewish founder, said the role the Elliot M. See room played at the academy made the presence of the massive painting especially inappropriate. It has served as a classroom, a venue for advisory board meetings, the room where incoming classes have their IDs processed, and as a court for disciplinary hearings, among other uses.
“The outrageousness of that Jesus painting’s display is only further exacerbated by the fact that this room is also used regularly for USMMA Honor Code violation boards where midshipmen are literally fighting for their careers,” Weinstein wrote.
Nunan replied immediately, a pleasant surprise for Weinstein, who often is involved in extensive battles with government and military officials. The size of the painting meant that it was impossible to move, she said, but she had another solution.
“I have asked my staff to purchase a curtain to be placed in front of the painting,” she said. “This will completely block the painting from view, but also allow those who wish to view it the opportunity to do so. Second, I have asked the Director of the American Merchant Marine Museum to prepare a plaque that explains the history of the painting, which will be installed near it. Given the size of the painting, there is no other location to which it can be moved.”
Curtains were in place by Friday, although the simple white one in place now is temporary; Nunan said she would soon have in place curtains that “befit the elegance” of the setting and would leave them over the painting during any events that required mandatory attendance.
Weinstein said Nunan’s solution was appropriate, even though he had sought the painting’s removal. “We think this is a superb solution,” Weinstein told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “It will be a teachable moment every time somebody asks why those curtains are up there.”
Of course, Jews like Weinstein had no problem with hundreds of thousands of Christian soldiers dying — under the cynical rallying cry of “judeo-Christian” values — while coming to their rescue from the clutches of the “evil Nazis” in World War II.
Yes, Jews love to talk about “teachable moments” — but they won’t tell anyone who asks why those curtains are covering the painting — because Jews hate Jesus Christ.
When a Navy chaplain posted an article about Easter in 2021, Weinstein had a meltdown, frothing at the mouth, describing the Christian sentiments in the article as a
“…wretched screed….absolutely base, evil, vile, hateful bigotry and rapacious racism being vomited out of the mouth.”
Weinstein isn’t concerned about “religious freedom” per se — what he wants is to live in a Christian nation without ever having to be reminded of that fact.
This temper tantrum is not unlike the one pulled by a Jewish politician in Canada wanted to introduce legislation that would criminalize “offensive” public displays of Christianity.
Imagine if a politician wanted to criminalize public displays of Judaism — his career would be over, as would his ability to find future employment anywhere.
If it were up to Weinstein, the painting in question wouldn’t have ideally been removed, he would have had it burned — and thrown a party to celebrate it.
And notice that only 18 people out of over 1,000 at the academy “complained” about the painting — that over 98% of people there had no problem with it is completely irrelevant.
If Jews had the choice to ban public displays of either the swastika or Christianity, they would definitely choose to ban “offensive” Christianity — after all, many Jews actually agree with “Nazi” racial supremacists — they just think the “Nazis” were wrong about which group were the rightful supremacists — the Jews themselves.
After all, the original fascist movements in Spain and Italy arose out Christian groups who opposed the scourge of Bolshevism in Russia — and if you are an anti-communist, you therefore must be an “antisesmite.”