NO SNOWFLAKE IN AN AVALANCHE: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, its Battle to Defend the Constitution, and One Family’s Courageous War Against Religious Extremism in High Places (Vireo, 2012)
NO SNOWFLAKE IN AN AVALANCHE serves as a timely follow-up to Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein’s controversial WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE: One Man’s War Against An Evangelical Coup in America’s Military (St. Martin’s Press, 2006). Weinstein’s latest book details the personal sacrifices that his family has suffered in the course of their steadfast defense of the civil and human rights of servicemembers, while also providing a furiously fast-paced and revelatory treatment of the shocking, immoral, and radically illegal efforts by fundamentalist zealots to degrade and discard the Constitutionally-mandated separation of church and state. In NO SNOWFLAKE IN AN AVALANCHE, readers will discover:
• Anti-Semitic assaults on, and death threats directed towards, the Weinstein family
• “Jesus Rifles,” the nickname given to the widely-deployed government-contracted rifle scopes engraved with Bible verses which were used in Afghanistan and Iraq
• Violent Islamophobia and the vicious inquisition against Muslim-American service members
• The ‘Jesus Loves Nukes’ speech, a grotesque mandatory training program for Nuclear Missile Launch Officers that used a perverse brand of “Christian Just War” theory to establish a theological justification for the use of weapons of mass destruction against civilian populations
• The personal tragedies and violent retribution undergone by victims of religious bigotry and aggressive proselytization
Sounding the alarm on the insidious evangelical extremist threat which has overtaken all ranks of the armed forces ranging from the commanding heights of the Pentagon to the training grounds of the U.S. Air Force Academy, NO SNOWFLAKE IN AN AVALANCHE vividly offers ample evidence of the vicious campaign against religious freedom within the armed forces. Additionally, the book delves into the pervasive, ongoing efforts to convert American war-fighting capabilities into the tools for launching a modern-day Christian crusade, thus powerfully undermining the national security of the United States and global security as a whole in pursuit of nightmarish scenarios.
A Prestigious and Dynamic Range of Advocates Hail NO SNOWFLAKE:
This is an inspiring, fast-paced book about the Constitution, courage and uncommon sacrifice by Mikey Weinstein and his family to fight for the core religious freedoms of our armed forces. It is also a human story about how one man, standing alone, can give hope to clients around the world and so positively impact the lives of so many of our nation’s heroes.
—RICHARD T. SCHLOSBERG III, former Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Times and The Denver Post
It takes great courage to author such a book and whether you admire or loathe Mikey Weinstein, this book is a must read. Benefiting from the rich data collected since 2005, No Snowflake in and Avalanche, is the most thorough treatment of the effects of a rising Dominionist political movement inside the US Armed Forces today.
For anyone with a strong opinion on this subject, this book is a powerhouse of ideas to be engaged. If you have any doubts about the value of this book, spend 180 seconds and read the introduction, which says it all — the issue of rising religious fundamentalism in the US military poses a clear and present danger to the very men and women who serve. It is a problem that can no longer be ignored because it isn’t going away and has only gained momentum with recent public exposure.
Quite frankly, there is no more authoritative treatise on the subject and it should become mandatory professional reading for every uniformed military leader.
—JIM PARCO, Ph.D., retired officer and former faculty member, Air University (2007-2011), US Air Force Academy (1996-2007)
A terrifying look into what happens when backs are turned, the Constitution forsaken, and religious fundamentalism takes over in violent and unfathomable ways.
—ROBERT O. “BOBBY” MULLER, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, Co-Founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and President of Veterans for America
In the name of Jesus, how low can some stoop? An attempted coup in America? A scheme to subsume our nation’s military? In these pages duplicity, intimidation, chicanery, undermining, death threats, subversion and bullying, all in the name of Jesus, meet a two-fisted response from a man who will yield no ground as he defends religious freedom for those who serve our country.
—MIKE FARRELL, best known as BJ Hunnicutt of M*A*S*H, and the author of Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist and Of Mule and Man
Right now America is engaged in a tough argument over what kind of country this is, and is going to be. Mikey Weinstein believes the armed forces of our country belong to us all, and value us all, from every religious background…and none. Love him (as many do) or hate him (as many do), Mikey’s an American Original. This book will introduce you to his bare-knuckled style and the work of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Prepare to have your preconceptions about religious freedom and American pluralism challenged, and reconsidered.
—RAY SUAREZ, author of The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America and Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
Mikey Weinstein is a passionate, articulate, forceful, stunningly courageous, and occasionally confrontational advocate for the separation of church and state in the United States Armed Forces. One could wish his work unnecessary. Certainly I do. Yet it is compelling, even crucial. The American military, as an arm of the federal government, is required to accommodate all religions, and to favor none. Tragically, that simple lesson is apparently not understood, or it is patently ignored, by too many who wield power in our armed forces.
—GENE NICHOL, Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law University of North Carolina and President Emeritus, College of William & Mary
Often one man’s experience can highlight a crisis. Rarely, however, does that same man intervene to right the wrong. Mikey Weinstein and his family challenge the pervasive ultra-conservative Christian domination of our armed services and the harm it has done to service personnel. Weinstein’s goal is protecting religious freedom for all Americans but especially those in the military who risk their lives defending the Constitution – only to be denied their own right to private religious conviction. Whether one is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, other believer or non-believer, this family’s courageous and compelling story is a “must read” for everyone who loves the Constitution and cherishes freedom of faith and conscience.
—ELIZABETH SHOLES, Director of Public Policy, California Council of Churches – IMPACT
Fearless and bombastic, Mikey Weinstein is one of the country’s fiercest champions of religious pluralism. He is defending us all from fundamentalists who seek to turn the U.S. armed forces into their own sectarian Christian army, a project conflagration ever more likely. It’s heroic, invaluable work.
— MICHELLE GOLDBERG, Senior Contributing Writer for The Daily Beast/Newsweek, author of the New York Times bestseller Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism
No Snowflake in an Avalanche is an anthem for those of us who believe that the armed services personnel who so nobly defend our nation and our people deserve our protection from evangelical, fundamentalist predators. It describes in great detail very real cases of United States soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, service academy cadets and midshipmen and veterans being bullied into accepting religious beliefs alien to their own faith. More than 95% of them are Christians, just “not Christian enough” for the extremist dominionist Christian proselytizers. People who love our country and our Constitution will be appalled at what these subversives are attempting to do in the name of Jesus Christ.
—JOSEPH C. WILSON IV, retired U.S. Ambassador and author of The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife’s CIA Identity
Mikey Weinstein is a true American Patriot, doing the hard things and doing them well! No Snowflake is a tremendous read, a real page-turner. It expertly chronicles Mikey’s tireless civil rights fight against fundamentalist religious predators in our nation’s armed forces. This powerful book shows the incredible time, the painful costs, and the exceptional energy he, his family, and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation have expended to protect our vulnerable service members who face discrimination because of their religious beliefs (or lack thereof). His efforts support a critical Constitutional guarantee for all Americans. Keep it up, Mikey!
—JACK RIVES, Lt. Gen., USAF (Retired) and The Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force, 2006-2010
Martin Luther King, Jr., was that rare “snowflake” who provided the avalanche of civil rights in the 1960s. Today, Mikey Weinstein duplicates his act to fight for freedom of and from religion in the armed services.
—ED ASNER, Emmy Award-winning Actor and former President of the
Screen Actors Guild
Mikey Weinstein gives a contemporary meaning to the word, hero. No Snowflake in an Avalanche is a heartening book in the most American of ways, It is a jaw-dropping story of a man whose courage, determination and intellect are unparallelled in today’s politically cautious and pandering world.
As our nation slides ever more quickly into the quicksands of Right/Left, Christian/Jew/Muslim/Buddhist, what has been lost is a sense of genuine patriotism as well as what is, quite simply, right and wrong. To read this compelling book is to want to take to the barricades with Mr. Weinstein. That he is there for all of us gives as much comfort as is possible in these militarily dangerous times.
No Snowflake in an Avalanche is a wonder. It is a beautifully laid-out rendering of the journey of one man and his family – a family spoon-fed on duty, service, love and sacrifice.
If you read one book this year, make it No Snowflake in an Avalanche.
“The day we see truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.” – Martin Luther King
—MARJI MENDELSOHN, Journalist