An "Undersea Nuclear Christian Warrior" on Wheel of Fortune
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Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 05:48:53 AM EST
It's "Heroes Week" on Wheel of Fortune, a week honoring the military by having military personnel as contestants on the show, and it seems that one of those contestants decided to seize the opportunity on Thursday's episode to proclaim his religious devotion to millions of TV viewers, outrageously introducing himself as an "undersea nuclear Christian warrior."

Almost immediately after the show aired, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) president Mikey Weinstein received this email from the mother of a cadet at one of the U.S. military academies.

"I happened to be 'channel surfing' and landed on Wheel of Fortune as they are doing a tribute to military 'heroes.' As the host was interviewing the contestants he came to one and asked the gentleman what he did. The officer answered, 'I am an undersea nuclear CHRISTIAN WARRIOR' and a submarine commander. I was so astonished and outraged I had to rewind the program to make sure I had heard it correctly; unfortunately I had. The quote is a direct quote. I even wrote down his name I was so angry; Steve Sincata (I don't know if the spelling of his last name is correct but that is how it sounds.) My first thought was, my terrible sadness for the poor crew that is under this Christian supremacist's complete command. My second thought was to immediately contact you and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to ask for help.

"Mikey, this man was in FULL U.S. Navy uniform and on national television in front of untold millions of viewers! I support you and your organization 100% and it is my strongest hope something can be done about this insensitive, imperious and wholly unconstitutional military commander who just disgraced his oath to the Constitution. It makes me feel better knowing there is someone like you and an organization like MRFF out there that will carefully listen and respond swiftly. ..."

Steve CincottaPosts on message boards and Twitter confirm that the writer of this email heard correctly. As unbelievable as it sounds, Cmdr. Steve Cincotta, a submarine commander stationed at Navy Mine Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in San Diego, did, in fact, embarrass himself and the entire U.S. Navy by identifying himself on national TV as an "undersea nuclear Christian warrior," and MRFF certainly will be responding swiftly!

...that his Bible says in 2 Cor. 10:

 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

the Christian's warfare is supposed to be against self, against his own sinful desires. He seems to have confused this personal war against self with America's war on Terror.

Thanks again, Chris. Excellent article.

by COinMS on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 09:47:47 AM EST

This "undersea nuclear Christian warrior" is the commanding officer of one of most powerful fighting machines ever created. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

by haroldf on Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 11:06:41 AM EST

If they military doesn't yank this guy off active duty involving nuclear weapons, then there is a SERIOUS problem.  Any "God Warrior" talk is dangerous and even treasonous.  They need to put such people on the "not trustworthy" list- I would keep them on active duty, but not in any position where their ideology could start a war or anything like that.

by ArchaeoBob on Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 11:38:39 AM EST

I've been checking over at MRFF to see if there has been any update on this story. Of course, the Jesus Rifle story has been pretty big, so that took up a lot of time.
 I hope there is time soon to go back and follow up on this 'undersea nuclear Christian warrior'.

by COinMS on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 03:34:07 PM EST

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