Foundation Defends Air Force General

MONTGOMERY: The Foundation for Moral Law, a Montgomery-based foundation
established to defend religious liberty, spoke out Wednesday in defense of
an Air Force Major General who is under attack for his speech for the
National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Speaking for a Task Force event on May 7, General Olson credited God for his
accomplishments in the military and referred to himself as a “redeemed
believer in Christ.”

That speech aroused the ire of Mikey Weinstein and his Military Religious
Freedom Foundation (MRFF). In a letter to Air Force Chief of Staff General
Mark Walsh, Weinstein called General Olson’s speech “a brutal disgrace to
the very uniform he was wearing” and demanded that the General be
“immediately, aggressively, and very visibly brought to justice for his
unforgivable crimes and transgressions.”

Not so, says the Foundation for Moral Law. Foundation President Kayla Moore
declared that “The Constitution General Olson took an oath to defend, and
which he has defended throughout his career, also protects his right to free
exercise of religion and to share his beliefs with others. The same
Congress that passed the First Amendment, also passed a bill to establish
congressional chaplains. General Olson spoke of the role of faith and
prayer in his own life and military career, entirely appropriate for a Day
of Prayer event. He made no representation that he was speaking for the Air
Force or expressing official Air Force policy.”

Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe, a retired Air Force Judge Advocate,
noted that in 2014 Congress added a provision to the Defense Appropriations
Bill requiring the Armed Forces to accommodate soldiers’ and sailors’ rights
to free exercise of religion and to infringe those rights only in cases of
military necessity. Eidsmoe added that “Mikey Weinstein and the Military
Religious Freedom Foundation distort the U.S. Constitution and do not speak
for American military personnel. They constitute a radical fringe element
that wants to give God a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces and to
suppress the rights of military personnel to pray to Him or mention His
Name.”

The Foundation has addressed letters to Generals Walsh and Olson and has
offered to assist in Gen. Olson’s defense.