Events

Upcoming Events

To arrange a speaking engagement with Mikey Weinstein, please contact Bekki Miller at 337.356.8696 or bekki.miller@militaryreligiousfreedom.org


Past Events


September 26, 2014

AN AFTERNOON WITH MIKEY

MRFF Founder and President Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein will be interviewed by Dr. Marvin Olasky of Patrick Henry College as part of the Newsmakers Interviews Series.

Patrick Henry College bills itself as striving “to recreate the original American collegiate ideal with fearless learning for Christ and His Truth,” thus we can expect an outstanding and stimulating discussion between Dr. Olasky and Mikey.

Seating will be VERY limited, event is free and open to the public.

Coffee House @ Hodel Center

Patrick Henry College

Purcellville, VA

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // SEATING LIMITED

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If you can’t attend, click here to access live webcast


August 20, 2014

MRFF Founder and President Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein was officially invited to speak to an assembled audience of physicians, professors, and other guests at the  Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina

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Mikey Weinstein (right) with Dr. Harold G. Koenig, M.D. (left), Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health

 


 

 

August 15th, 16th and 17th, 2014

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3rd Annual Colorado Secular Conference

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 - 11:30 am – 12:15 pm Mikey Weinstein

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Letter from an active duty MRFF client who attended Mikey’s presentation: “There are still heroes”

 


Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

MIKEY WEINSTEIN SPEAKS IN DAYTON, OHIO ON THREATS TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN U.S. MILITARY

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Click here to listen to audio recording of speech


Friday, April 4, 2014

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Several departments at second-oldest national institution of higher education sponsor appearance; Mikey introduced by MRFF Advisory Board Member Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and Wm. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies, Tamara Sonn.

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COVERAGE: STARS AND STRIPES – Weinstein: ‘It’s not about eliminating God’


Saturday, January 18, 2014

MRFF Special Projects Manager Paul Loebe speaks to the Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) conference, exposing participants to the extremist Christian subset known as Dominionism. Paul, an atheist, called on the receptive Christian audience to publicly rebuke the Dominionists.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A RECORDING OF THIS DIALOGUE

 


Saturday, August 21, 2013

Mikey Weinstein Speaks at the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance 2013 Russell Bennett Award Presentation:

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 Mikey Weinstein speaks to Congregation B’Nai Israel Men’s Club Brunch, Albuquerque, NM

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Blake Page, West Point MRFF Affairs Advisor and Special Assistant to the President, speaks at “Day of Reason: One Nation Indivisible” at Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda

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Photos from the Protest

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Americans United for Separation of Church & State & The Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology proudly present:

Religious Extremism in the U.S. Military: Dangers and Implications

A Very Special Veteran’s Day Event

This event is free & open to the public

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Doors open 2:00PM Program begins 2:15PM

Cedar’s Club 1702 E. Northern Ave. Phoenix, AZ For more information contact: Anne Mardick, President AUArizona@gmail.com (602) 492-3133

 


A Dire National Security Threat: The Destruction of the Wall Separating Church and State in the U.S. Armed Forces

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Hosted by the Secular Student Alliance at University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

Mikey speaking at UCCS

Mikey signing a copy of “No Snowflake in an Avalanche”

Mikey and Bonnie Weinstein (right) with event organizer Heather Balle-Mason (left) of the Secular Student Alliance, UCCS

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

6:30-9:30pm Centennial Hall, Room 203 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918

 


A Dire National Security Threat: The Destruction of the Wall Separating Church and State in the U.S. Armed Forces

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hosted by the Secular Student Alliance at SUNY New Paltz on behalf of the Secular Student Alliance at West Point 7:00-9:00pm Lecture Center 100 State University of New York at New Paltz 75 South Manheim Boulevard New Paltz, NY 12561

 


11th Annual Sacramento Freethought Day

 Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sacramento Freethought Day combines the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. We’ll have speakers and live entertainment, family activities, an authors’ panel with Q&A, and more!

Mikey Weinstein will be speaking at 1:20 PM

Ben Ali Shrine 3262 Marysville Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95815

The Ben Ali Shrine Center is located at 1600 Los Robles, near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Capital City Freeway 80, across the street from Hagginwood Park.


 

Atheist Alliance of America 2012 National Convention

Mt. Sopris convention hall Grand Hyatt Hotel, Downtown Denver

Friday, August 31st, 8:30 Plenary: Mikey Weinstein, Founder and President, Military Religious Freedom Foundation


Albuquerque Pride Fest 2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Left to right: American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) member Ron Freeny, New Mexico OutServe members Justin Lahl and Patrick Pritchett, Elise Thomasson and Mikey Weinstein (MRFF)


VETERANS FOR PEACE, ALBUQUERQUE

in Cooperation with THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF GREATER ALBUQUERQUE

PRESENT

RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM IN THE U.S. MILITARY: DANGERS AND IMPLICATIONS

June 12, 2012, 7-9 pm

JCC of Greater Albuquerque 5520 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

Books will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Light Refreshments Open to All Admission Free

For additional information, call Herb Hoffman at 505-856-7220


NO SNOWFLAKE IN AN AVALANCHE

March 21, 2012: Mikey Weinstein with Paul Sullivan, Executive Director of Veterans for Common Sense

Mikey Weinstein Book-Signing Tour

2/15 ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Click here to view Mikey’s Presentation/Q&A at Page One Bookstore 3/1 DENVER, CO – The Tattered Cover, 7:30 pm 3/2 BOULDER, CO – University of Colorado at Boulder, Math 100 Lecture Hall 3/3 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Poor Richard’s Bookstore 3/5 SACRAMENTO, CA – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Sanctuary 3/6 OAKLAND, CA – Diesel, A Bookstore 3/7 LOS ANGELES, CA – Park La Brea Theater 3/10 REDONDO BEACH, CA – Mysterious Galaxy, w/ Mike Farrell 3/12 LAKE FOREST PARK, WA – Third Place Books 3/20 ST. LOUIS, MO – Eden Theological Seminary 3/21 AUSTIN, TX – BookPeople Bookstore 3/22 HOUSTON, TX – Brazos Bookstore 4/5 ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Click here to view Mikey’s Presentation/Q&A at Bookworks Bookstore 4/12 SANTA FE, NM – Collected Works


THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY

Saturday, April 7, 7pm

Mikey Weinstein with Dana Pellebon, Producer of “This Beautiful City”

Join Mikey Weinstein for an evening of theater, a presentation, Q & A, and book-signing in Madison, WI.

The Isthmus calls This Beautiful City

“…witty, provocative and poignant.”

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Built around the discovery of the Ted Haggard scandal, this docu-musical tells the stories of dozens of characters — conservative Christians, atheists, secular progressives, city employees and a Celtic Wiccan — all vying to describe the place of religion in their community. The result is a disarmingly fresh and thought-provoking theatrical experience. Sometimes witty, sometimes touching, always entertaining — with several toe-tapping musical numbers for good measure.

Created by the investigative theatre company The Civilians, the play is based on interviews with the citizens of Colorado Springs, CO, including members of the New Life Church, founded in 1984 by preacher Ted Haggard, as well as liberal citizens who oppose the normative Evangelical lifestyle.

Above: Mikey Weinstein and Tom Collins, the actor who portrayed him in the play

MRFF Founder and President Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein was one of the people interviewed in creating the show, and he became a character in the play. We’re delighted that he’ll be visiting Madison during his book-signing tour, and can join the production.


ROCK BEYOND BELIEF

WASHINGTON POST – FAITH AT THE FRONT (MIKEY WEINSTEIN) – Rock Beyond Belief: An atheist victory at Fort Bragg

HUFFINGTON POST – How a Christian Fighter Pilot and FOX News Tried to Stop Fort Bragg Atheist Festival (And Failed)

Date: Sat. 31 March 2012 | Noon – 9PM

Location: Fort Bragg, North Carolina @ the Main Post Parade Field

Performers: Keynote given by Richard Dawkins

Music - Aiden, Baba Brinkman, Jeffrey Lewis, Spoonboy, Words Such As Burn, Roy Zimmerman

Speakers - Mikey Weinstein, Dan Barker, Ed Brayton, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Downey, Dale McGowan, Hemant Mehta, Nate Phelps, Al Stefanelli, Todd Stiefel

*We are extremely grateful that our entire lineup has waived all performers fees. We’re fighting for your rights, and these guys have absolutely ‘returned the favor’.

Chicago Tribune – Military nonbelievers’ event shows there are atheists in foxholes

The Blaze – Military Atheists Hold Army-Sponsored ‘Rock Beyond Belief’ Festival


Americans United honors Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein as first-ever “Person of the Year”

November 7, 2011

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SECULAR STUDENT ALLIANCE AT UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA-LAS VEGAS & MILITARY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOUNDATION UNITE TO COUNTERACT WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH PROTEST VS. UNLV

Leading Organizations Committed to Religious Freedom Fight Back Against Notorious Hate Group’s Provocative Appearance at University

October 26, 2011

(LAS VEGAS, NV) On Tuesday, November 1st, 2011, from 12 to 12:30 PM PST, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas’s Secular Student Alliance will be joining forces with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to counter the presence of the Westboro Baptist Church at UNLV. The “Church”, keeping in step with its characteristically aimless campaign of all-around religious hatred, has announced that it will be protesting the University itself, claiming that it “offers courses in rebellion against God” and “advanced degrees in Proud Sin and Perversion.” The Westboro Baptist Church, whose small congregation consists almost entirely of the relatives of its notorious founder and helmsman Fred Phelps, has for years desperately chased the media spotlight by means of tormenting bereaved relatives of service members who fell on the field of battle in the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Their modus operandi has consisted largely of picketing military funerals with such vile messages as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “Thank God for IEDs”, among other tactics. “The Westboro Baptist Church knows no limit to its hatred of freedom. They constantly try to force their hateful brand of religion on everyone else, and many of us are sick of it,” said Michael Gobaud, President of the SSA at UNLV. The SSA at UNLV is a student group that promotes humanist values, defends religious freedom, and is committed to promoting a positive image of the non-religious community at UNLV. The nationwide SSA was founded in 2000. Gobaud continues, “We thought using [WBC's] protest to raise money for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation was the perfect way to fight back, to defend the freedoms and ideals which those servicemen died protecting.” MRFF is the foremost organization fighting to uphold the constitutional guarantee of freedom from unwanted proselytization and religious bigotry within the US armed forces. Founded in 2005, MRFF has tirelessly combated the influence of right-wing, fundamentalist Christian extremism within the US military through the steadfast defense of the protections guaranteed by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as well as the No Religious Test Clause in Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution. MRFF also provides an array of support services for the over 25,000 clients within the armed forces who have reached out to MRFF for recourse when confronted by aggressive proselytization, religious coercion, and hate-crimes. MRFF founder and President Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein has denounced the “wretched bigotry and prejudice” of the Phelps family, hailing the SSA at UNLV’s “sterling, courageous act of standing up to the WBC hate group”. In support of the event, the SSA at UNLV has already received pledges for donations totaling nearly $400. To support the SSA at UNLV, please visit their website and make a fully tax-deductible donation. ### MRFF Contact: Bekki Miller Tel. (337) 356-8696 bekki.miller@militaryreligiousfreedom.org SSA at UNLV Public Events Officer: Drew Pruitt Tel. (702) 449-9284 ssaunlv@gmail.com

 


MRFF’s 6th Annual Award Luncheon

May 21, 2011

Seven prominent and much deserving individuals were recognized by MRFF for their ongoing and selfless efforts in promoting religious freedom in the United States military.

At this event, we bestowed our 6th Annual Thomas Jefferson Awards for Civil Rights Activism, and our First-Ever John Adams Awards for Pro Bono Legal Support.

Click here to watch the full video of this amazing recent event

Click here to read our awardees’ biographies

 


U.S. Army War College XXII Annual Strategy Conference

Carlisle, PA

April 5-7, 2011


MRFF Speech Event – Rio Hotel – Las Vegas, NV

February 27, 2011

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MRFF Speech Event – Boston College

February 15, 2011

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MRFF Speaking Event – Dayton, OH – Temple Beth Or

February 13, 2011 – Sponsored by Temple Beth Or and Temple Israel

Photo 1 (From left to right): Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, MRFF President & Founder; Nancy Cohen, President of Temple Israel; and Dave London, President of Temple Beth Or

Photo 2 (From left to right): Amanda Weinstein, Mikey Weinstein’s daughter-in-law; Mikey Weinstein; Bonnie Weinstein, Mikey Weinstein’s wife; Casey Weinstein, Mikey Weinstein’s son

Photo 3 (From left to right): Jewish war veteran speaking about religious harassment faced while serving; Bonnie Weinstein; Mikey Weinstein; Casey Weinstein


Mikey Weinstein awarded 2010 Anne Froehlich Political Courage Award by Pacific Palisades Democratic Club

October 3, 2010

Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation would like to express their warmest appreciation to the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club for bestowing this honor. It was an incredible event, and we were excited to participate.

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Mikey Weinstein was invited to the 2010 National Character and Leadership Symposium at the US Air Force Academy

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