To an atheist, 'God damn it' should be equal 'God bless you'

Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of  Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), was interrupted in the middle of his victory dance last night when Robins AFB officials reversed their earlier decision that day prohibiting base personnel who interact with the general public from using the phrase “Have a blessed day.”  Earlier in the day, Weinstein had boasted on his website of how quickly he had forced military officials into correcting the violation regarding the separation of church and state on military facilities. 

The violation was brought to Weinstein’s attention when an airman, assigned on temporary duty to Robins AFB, complained to Weinstein’s organization that as a non-believer, he found the greeting offensive and a violation of the military’s religious preference policy.

The airman’s complaint, as posted on Weinstein’s website, stated, “I found the greeting to be a notion that I, as a non-religious member of the military community should believe a higher power has an influence on how my day should go.”

With that logic, non-believers should also be offended by the use of the Lord’s name in vain on all military facilities, as that term also implies that a higher power has an influence to wreak havoc in your day.  The MRFF staff should challenge military installations to eliminate the “God damn it” phrase throughout the military.

Robins’s officials stated that the reversal was directed from an unidentified source at a higher level within the Air Force chain of command.  The logistics center’s chain of command runs through senior commanders at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio.

To date, Weinstein has not commented on the reversal of Air Force policy or if he will challenge the updated policy.

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