I am writing this in response to the following article: Ohio Guard officer’s application to be a chaplain is on hold pending probe of social media posts. Here’s the best shot of Lt. Boyd’s post I can find. You’ll find a more complete description of his comments at the link above.
Whether or not Lt. Chris Boyd is on active duty, in the National Guard or the Reserves, he’s required to behave in a professional manner. The problem with FB posts is they persist throughout one’s one weekend a month, annual training, activation and deployments.
“Lt. Chris Boyd, of Montpelier in northwestern Ohio, used Facebook to post criticisms of military leadership.”
Facebook is clearly the wrong venue for such criticisms, and these restrictions aren’t limited to the military. The vast majority of civilian companies use employment contracts containing clauses prohibiting criticism of the company, and firings based upon breeches of these contracts have been upheld for centuries throughout the world.
I find it interesting that it was the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) who “sent a letter to Ohio Adjutant General John C. Harris asking for an investigation of Boyd on Friday afternoon.” Over the years I’ve observed them attacking religious freedom in the military on multiple occasions.
On the face of it, MRFF’s Mission sounds admirable. Freely exercising one’s religion is indeed admirable! Throughout my military career, I’ve often attended church both on and off base and participated in various events both military and civilian ranging from Bible studies to retreats.
The problem with the MRFF, however, involves its founder, Mikey L. Weinstein, and his choice of actions. As clearly indicated on his “Achievements” page, he uses his fair-minded mission statement to thwart Christian military religious activities at every turn.
If the events depicted in Weinstein’s Wikipedia entry are to be believed, he’s had a rough go of it at the hands of people purporting to be Christians but clearly void of the Holy Spirit, with both himself and other members of his family being severely hazed at the U.S. Air Force Academy for their Jewish faith. That doesn’t excuse the fact that most, if not the vast majority of his “achievements” are anti-Christian in nature, vindictive, and vengeful. That violates the letter, spirit and intent of his own religion:
“You shall not take revenge…” — Leviticus 19:18
“What is taking revenge? Taking revenge is when you ask someone, “Lend me your sickle,” and he says no. The next day he comes to you and asks you “Lend me your hatchet.” You respond, “I am not lending to you, just like you did not lend to me.” This is an example of revenge.” —The Talmud, Yoma 23a
Taking revenge is prohibited in Judaism, as well as Christianity and most other religions. I find it strange that Weinstein doesn’t attack Islam, a religion which emphatically supports revenge.
In conclusion, while I find Weinstein’s request to Ohio Adjutant General John C. Harris for an investigation into Boyd’s Facebook posts to be yet another despicable attack on Christianity out of a long string of such reprehensible attacks, I also find that Boyd’s public criticism of those within his chain of command to be worthy of military review by Ohio’s Adjutant General’s office.
By all means, let the military handle Boyd’s case. As for Weinstein, God himself will hold him accountable for his own transgressions against religious freedom, both inside and outside the military.