The language used in this OpEd is not going to attract people with rational minds. It is the kind of thing one would expect to find within a fringe organization’s site. You can rise above this sort of thing.
The following is a response from MRFF volunteer Andy Kasehagen
Mikey has read your email comments and has asked me to respond on behalf of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).
What you have chosen to take offense to and offered advice on (“The language used in this OpEd…”) is specifically the rationale behind my decision to originally volunteer for MRFF almost 3 years ago. 17 years of firsthand experience in participating in and objecting to the inertia of smaller governmental institutions’ tendency to steamroll polite requests for change or action led to this very rational decision.
If you take the time to read Mikey’s biography or either of his books, you will see Mikey’s attempts to ‘rise above it’ were met repeatedly by the steamrolling tendency of a much larger governmental institution (Department of Defense) than I ever had to deal with. A government institution filling with powerful leaders aligning themselves with a religious institutional structure determined to unconstitutionally control government and all aspects of our society (Christian Dominionism). Mikey’s abandonment of ‘milk toast’ demands or responses has appealed to many other rational individuals such as former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (former chief of staff to Sec. of State Colin Powell) who populate MRFF’s Board & Advisory Board (full list attached).
Mikey’s very forceful style in making demands or pointing out unmitigated hypocrisy as he did in this OpEd, has produced a track record of success on behalf of U.S. Military service members faced with unconstitutional religious influence in their training, assignments, advancement, and retention that is second to none. Mikey’s successful style led to the adoption of the 1st ever religious neutrality standard enforceable under the UCMJ (Air Force Instruction 1-1, Section 2.11) and has been recognized by 5 Nobel Peace Prize nominations and being named to the List of 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense (compiled over five months by more than two dozen reporters and editors representing the world’s biggest military newsroom and the award-winning staffs of Gannett Government Media’s sector-leading publications: Defense News, Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times, Armed Forces Journal and Federal Times).
In regards to your obvious desire to denigrate MRFF as a “fringe organization”, I can only respond with Thank You. MRFF, as with most organizations established to protect civil rights and liberties, deals with constitutional protections designed for minority interests (a.k.a. The Fringe). Mikey very effectively points this out in his OpEd by calling out hypocrisy in those within the religious majority who chose to use their religious beliefs to oppress others, then squeal that they are being oppressed whenever their oppressive actions are uncovered or thwarted.
In closing his OpEd, Mikey provided a quote from Elie Wiesel regarding indifference and the effect it will have within the U.S. and its military. I will close by adding another quote that Mikey and everyone at MRFF strongly believe in:
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get.
(Frederick Douglas, an address on West India Emancipation on 8-4-1857)
You are encouraged to join us in making demands without indifference.