Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Olson spoke at the National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, where he called himself a "redeemed believer in Christ."
During his speech, Olson credited God for his success in the Air Force (video below).
Olson claimed God helped him fly complex airplanes during nuclear missions, which the two-star general said he had no ability to do. Olson also said that God enabled him to negotiate military sales deals in Iraq through an Arabic interpreter, notes Air Force Times.
Olson concluded his speech by asking the audience to pray that the U.S. Defense Department depend on Christ.
In response to his speech, Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, sent a letter to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh on May 13 claiming Olson violated Air Force policies by endorsing a specific religious belief, noted Fox News.
Weinstein also wrote in his letter:
"Consequently, on behalf of itself and its over 41,000 active duty and veteran armed forces clients, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) hereby demands that Major General Craig S. Olson be immediately, aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions via trial by General Courts Martial and that any and all others who assisted him with his NDPTF speech of fundamentalist Christian supremacy be likewise investigated and punished to the full extent of military law."
Olson did not comment to Air Force Times, but a National Day of Prayer Task Force representative said the event was hosted by Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama.
In response to Weinstein's letter, Rev. Franklin Graham wrote on his Facebook page:
"Are Christians the only group of people who cannot identify themselves publicly in this country? Are we the only voices who cannot speak? The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling for the court martial — yes, court martial — of Maj. Gen. Craig Olson for calling himself 'a redeemed believer in Christ' and giving God the glory for his success at a National Day of Prayer event. I guess this group would've tried to court martial George Washington when he prayed at Valley Forge! Come on — Whose civil liberties are really being infringed on here? They want to bully Christians into silence."