Military Religious Freedom Foundation http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org Protecting the Constitutional Guarantee of Separation of Church and State in the United States Military Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:44:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why Do You Hate Christians? http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/why-do-you-hate-christians/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/why-do-you-hate-christians/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:07:57 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20706 Dear Mr. “Mikey” Weinstein,

I would really like to know why you hate us Christians Mikey, is it because some overzealous Christian “peed in your Wheaties” as I like to say when you were a cadet at the Air Force Academy, did they call you a Christ killer? I will be the first to admit that “some” Christians are overzealous in their witnessing techniques, but to label all Christians as being like the Taliban or ISIS or fundamentalist and a threat to national security is like labeling all Muslims as radical terrorists.

I am sorry that one or two overzealous Christians offended you in some way, but it seems to me that you have had a chip on your shoulder for years now being unwilling to forgive, which is not only a Christian thing to do but also a Jewish thing to do. As some “Christians” may give Christianity a bad name by their actions and I would agree who would want to become one, but your actions are just as disingenuous and who would want to convert to Judaism by viewing your actions towards Christians, who would want to become a Jew?

Your constant attacks on Christians and litigation against our guaranteed rights to our freedom of religion are more examples of radical Islam and you could be misconstrued as wanting to wipe Christianity out just like radical Muslims.

I am sorry that you and your children were the victims of alleged Christian anti-Semitism and that is something I abhor and fight to correct within the Church today, speaking out loudly against it, but to hold this offense against some while blaming all is just wrong.

While I am not a lawyer, yet I know that the expression “separation of church and state” while wrongly being cited as if found in one of our countries legal documents, which you will never find it in any, has become the anti-Christian’s “race card” that is played when Christians wish to express their guaranteed religious freedoms. I would hope you would familiarize yourself more with the origins of this statement and realize that it does not say or mean what some activist judge turned into what he thought it meant.

I have many Jewish friends, some Messianic and some not who would support the notion that Christians can and should serve in our military and have the freedom to express their religious point of view without the fear of being castigated or penalized for it in any way.

I watched the final half hour of the House Armed Services Committee meeting you were a part of and commend the House for recognizing that when a Christian or any other faith person expresses their freedom of religion it is not considered coercion by any means. I was very happy to see the Committee call you on the carpet for your inflammatory remarks about Christians and call it for what it is coercion of another kind.

My prayer, yes in Jesus’ name, is that you and your family have the blindness put there by G-d be removed to finally see that Yeshua is your one and only true Messiah, who came once to die for your sins along with the world, and who will come again to establish His earthly kingdom when He sits on the throne of His father David in Jerusalem, whereby every knee will then bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Shalom,

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),,

Mikey has read your email and asked me to respond to you as an Advisory Board Member of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and as an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God.

Why did you put quotes around Mikey? To denigrate his name?

It seems that you have a very limited knowledge of Mikey and his background.

While Mikey was in the Air Force Academy, they did more than “peed in his Wheaties” and called him a Christ killer. He was severely beaten and left for dead twice; once while having a body guard.

How dare you assume that he’s had a chip in his shoulder for years being unwilling to forgive? He did forgive, never pressed charges, graduated from and went on to become a JAG Officer at the Academy for 10 years.

I find it highly offensive that you attack him for being Jewish or not Jewish enough to suit you because he stands up for the religious rights for all of our soldiers under the Constitution, case laws and military law.

We are not anti-Christian. Mikey is Jewish and 75% of the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are Christians. In fact, 96% of our 39,000+ soldier clients (1 does represent 100 and 1 can represent 50) are Christians – – Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodist, Lutherans, Baptists, Evangelicals, etc.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) does NOT act on its own but at the request of the soldiers’ complaints of the blatant disregard and trampling of the Constitution and the Military Code of Justice; blurring the lines between the separation of church and state. Every complaint is vetted by Mikey before he takes it on.

We are an agent- intermediator – for the soldiers whose valid complaints are not heard. When the military oversteps the bounds laid down by our Constitution and military law, we step in.

You stated:

“I was very happy to see the Committee call you on the carpet for your inflammatory remarks about Christians and call it for what it is coercion of another kind.”

Then you must be thrilled with this statement:

US Army chaplain MAJ James Linzey, who, in a 1999 video, described mainstream Protestant churches as “demonic, dastardly creatures from the pit of hell “that should be “stomped out.”

This statement comes from an Evangelical/Fundamental/Dominionist Christian who is only one of the Dominionists that have hijacked our military in order to turn every soldier into a “warrior for Christ”, a “government paid missionary” and that every war is a “Crusade.” They believe that they must cleanse the earth of all the mainline Christians (see above), those of other faiths and those of no faith so that Jesus can come back and rule for 1,000 years. This thinking throws out the book of Revelations where Jesus said he is coming back with His “heavenly army.”

Our soldiers (including Christians) suffer in-your-face religious proselytizing by the Dominionists on a daily basis. They are harassed; given poor performance ratings; advancements withheld; put on “point” in our war zones and drummed out of the military on trumped up charges all in the name of Jesus, because they will not convert to their Dominionist sect.

We don’t fight against all Christians…just the Dominionists. As stated above, the majority of our complaints come from Christians which makes us the biggest defender of Christian rights in our military.

As far as the separation of church and state goes, he is a few quotes from our Founding Fathers:

“The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.” Founding Father James Madison, 1819, Writings, 8:432, quoted from Gene Garman, “Essays In Addition to America’s Real Religion”

“Every new and successful example of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance.” Founding Father James Madison, letter, 1822

“Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history.” Founding Father James Madison; Monopolies, Perpetuities, Corporations, Ecclesiastical Endowments

“Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.” Thomas Jefferson, to the Virginia Baptists (1808) ME 16:320.

This is his second known use of the term “wall of separation,” here quoting his own use in the Danbury Baptist letter.

This wording of the original was several times upheld by the Supreme Court as an accurate description of the Establishment Clause.

“Jefferson’s concept of “separation of church and state” first became a part of Establishment Clause jurisprudence in Reynolds v. U.S., 98 U.S. 145 (1878). In that case, the court examined the history of religious liberty in the US, determining that while the constitution guarantees religious freedom, “The word ‘religion’ is not defined in the Constitution. We must go elsewhere, therefore, to ascertain its meaning and nowhere more appropriately, we think, than to the history of the times in the midst of which the provision was adopted.” The court found that the leaders in advocating and formulating the constitutional guarantee of religious liberty were James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Quoting the “separation” paragraph from Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, the court concluded that, “coming as this does from an acknowledged leader of the advocates of the measure, it may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the amendment thus secured.”

The religion of the majority in our military does not rule over other religions or those of no religious preference under the Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment (Establishment Clause) of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise (Free Exercise Clause) thereof . . . “(1st Amendment)

The Establishment Clause comes before the Free Exercise Clause for a reason; the Free Exercise Clause is subservient to theEstablishment Clause – not the other way around as some Christians would like it to be.

The Supreme Court heard the Lemon v. Kurtzman case in 1971 and ruled in favor of the Establishment Clause.

Subsequent to this decision, the Supreme Court has applied a three-pronged test to determine whether government action comports with the Establishment Clause, known as the “Lemon Test”

Lemon Test:

1. Any law or policy must have been adopted with a neutral or non-religious purpose.

2. The principle or primary effect of any law or policy must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion.

3. The statute or policy must not result in an “excessive entanglement” of government with religion.

If any government entity’s actions fit into one of these three, then it is a violation of the Establishment Clause.

The hearing that was held today was a farce and those witnesses that spoke in favor of free speech (proselytizing) do not represent all Christians as they would like people to believe.

Mikey had to give to the Armed Services Committee a lengthy letter on what he wanted to speak. He was not called on for his side of the story because it would have been in the permanent record. I have attached it here for your perusal and I’m sure you will have a different perspective on what actually goes on in our military.

Christians that write to us in anger don’t realize that they have been duped into supporting an extreme fringe of Christianity by their use of omission, deception and outright lies.

I suggest you go to our website www.militaryrelgiousfreedom.org and click on About and then click on Foundation Voices. You will be surprised to see that we have military people all the way to a Brigadier General, Governors, religious people and honorable people of all walks of life including a Noel Peace Prize winner. MRFF has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 7 times in 6 years.

I hope this email and Mikey’s letter help you see that we are not anti-Christians.

Pastor Joan

MRFF Advisory Board Member


Oh look what I found “Pastor Joan” very interesting reading I might say.

http://christianfighterpilot.com/blog/2013/07/31/mrff-air-force-created-new-regulation-because-of-christians/#more-24593

(name withheld)

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THIS WEDNESDAY! Mikey, MRFF to Testify Before House Armed Services Committee! http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/this-wednesday-mikey-mrff-to-testify-before-house-armed-services-committee/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/this-wednesday-mikey-mrff-to-testify-before-house-armed-services-committee/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:11:15 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20704 Dear Mikey,

I just finished reading your electronic PDF of your testimony to the military services subcommittee of the U.S. Congress dated today (11/19/14), and I would like to share a couple of reactions. First, WOW! You must’ve been a helluva JAG officer. Second, (seriously) I wish you could have taught my Constitutional history courses in college. Third, I wish everyone in the public sphere communicated as well as you. Fourth, regarding the content of your testimony, I say with my active duty and retired friends in the USMC, OORAH! Keep up the good work, brother.

(name withheld)

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VIDEO – Mikey Before Congress – Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/video-mikey-before-congress-religious-accommodations-in-the-armed-services/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/video-mikey-before-congress-religious-accommodations-in-the-armed-services/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:06:43 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20701

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11/19/14 Mikey, MRFF Testify Before House Armed Services Committee! http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/111914-mikey-mrff-testify-before-house-armed-services-committee/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/111914-mikey-mrff-testify-before-house-armed-services-committee/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:27:04 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20697 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/111914-mikey-mrff-testify-before-house-armed-services-committee/feed/ 0 11/18/14 THE WASHINGTON POST – The Pentagon’s Pugnacious Critic on Religion Gets His Day in Congress http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/111814-the-washington-post-the-pentagons-pugnacious-critic-on-religion-gets-his-day-in-congress/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/111814-the-washington-post-the-pentagons-pugnacious-critic-on-religion-gets-his-day-in-congress/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:20:59 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20689 Selected Article Excerpts

  • It was one of several victories by Weinstein over the military about how religion will be handled in the ranks. His pugnacious style, vigorous public relations efforts and aggressive fund-raising have earned praise from some — but also made him a target for those who say he is capitalizing on political correctness to get rich and exaggerating problems.

    On Wednesday, Weinstein will get one of his largest stages yet: An appearance before the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on military personnel. Weinstein, along with several other witnesses, will testify before Congress on the military’s current policy for religious accommodation, which requires Sikhs to seek a waiver from top service officials to wear their religion’s mandatory turbans and beards.
  • If they intend to try to shoot the messenger, to assassinate the messenger, I couldn’t care less about that,” Weinstein said Tuesday. “To me, this is about the U.S. Constitution. They will not assassinate the message, and the message is that tens of thousands of our brave members of the U.S. military are being persecuted by a version of Christianity, a twisted version, that is the closest thing to the American, Christian version of the Islamic Taliban.”

    Weinstein, who has not appeared before Congress previously, said the foundation will celebrate its 10th anniversary in about two weeks. It has grown to include nearly 40,000 members, 96 percent of whom are Christian, he said. The other 4 percent are from various faiths — there are even about 12 members who subscribe to Jedism, a religious movement based on the ideas in the “Star Wars” movie franchise.

  • If it’s contentious, it’s contentious,” Weinstein said of the hearing. “It’s not supposed to be UFC fight or a World Wrestling Entertainment event. It’s a congressional hearing. But, we’ll see how it goes.

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CHAB http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/chab/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/chab/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:49:23 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20685 I am a veteran and supporter of MRFF and of Mikey’s dogged efforts to limit incursion by the religious right into the military.

That said, I am embarrassed by the annual “MRFF again nominated for the Peace Prize”. For the 7th time?

Please stop being disengenuous!

(name withheld)


Good Afternoon, (name withheld) -

Mikey Weinstein has received and read your email, and he has asked me to respond. Like you, I am a veteran and supporter of MRFF. I am also a lifelong, committed, and active Christian.

And also like you, I greatly appreciate and admire “Mikey’s dogged efforts to limit incursion by the religious right into the military.” He is truly a force of nature, and also one of the most honorable men that I’ve ever known.

I have to admit that I am confused by your criticism of the mention about the Nobel Peace Prize nominations that MRFF has received over the years. There is nothing disingenuous in that statement — on the contrary, it is absolutely the truth. Please note that no one is saying that MRFF has received the award, but the seven nominations are legitimate… and in my own opinion, very well-deserved.

As I am sure you know, the forces that are aligned against MRFF’s efforts (and similar efforts by like-minded organizations fighting for Constitutional protections), are incredibly daunting and aggressive. In response to this near-constant barrage of vitriol and threats, the level of commitment that is required of Mikey, and his entire family, is beyond anything that I think most people would be willing to make. But despite the unfair (and too often misleading or dishonest) attacks on the goals of MRFF and on Mikey’s character, he soldiers on because he believes unequivocally that the goals and mission of MRFF are right and just. Personally, I’m proud and happy to stand with him in opposition to the Dominionist forces that would infringe on the Constitutional rights of US military members.

So yes, MRFF has been nominated seven times for the Nobel Peace Prize. And if there is justice in our world, it won’t be long before the award is given to such a worthy organization.

Thanks for writing.

Peace,

Mike Challman

Christian, AF Veteran, MRFF Supporter

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Losers…and you always will be.. http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/losers-and-you-always-will-be/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/losers-and-you-always-will-be/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:44:10 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20680 http://onenewsnow.com/national-security/2014/11/17/wait-and-see-implementation-of-new-af-policy-on-religious-expression?utm_source=OneNewsNow&utm_medium=email&utm_term=16779787&utm_content=907781815683&utm_campaign=16919#.VGpxnIo8LCR

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

We are certainly aware of the recent change to AFI 1-1 and the glad-handing pseudo victory being celebrated by you and your ilk. I would like to direct your attention to the actual content of the regulation. In the previous version it stated in part that leaders “must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.” The revised version reads, in part that leaders “must ensure their words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief, or absence of belief.” I would love to hear your argument as to how that change in verbiage has opened the fundamentalist floodgates and resulted in a loss of any kind on our part.

When I consider the position of those who feel that the change has been a victory, the most stirring feeling I get is far from defeat. Amusement would probably describe the it best. So many theocrats are hailing this benign re-wording as a revolutionary shift in their favor. I am thrilled to let you know, Mark, that you will be wildly disappointed over the next several months and years. Our US Constitution is still alive and well, and leaders of any religion, no matter how popular it is, still do not have the right to use their rank to evangelize.

Cheers,

Blake A. Page

Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Special Assistant to the President

Director of US Army Affairs


Lol…’You lost before you started’…:)….”you and your ilk”…:)…why I bothered sending it?…I don’t know but I should have left well enough alone….You people are shallow & disturbed..Not thrilled….

(name withheld)


I’m having trouble digesting the word salad you just fired off. I would encourage you to consider speaking to yourself in silent reflection in the future. Hammering out your incoherent ramblings on a keyboard does little to help your cause.

Blake Page

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AMERICANS UNITED – Inbox Full Of Hate: New Book Explores Messages From The Dark Side http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/americans-united-inbox-full-of-hate-new-book-explores-messages-from-the-dark-side/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/americans-united-inbox-full-of-hate-new-book-explores-messages-from-the-dark-side/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:21:01 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20673 Selected Article Excerpt: FarRightStore

When you work at a place like Americans United, you have to be prepared for people who feel compelled to write in and tell you why you’re all wrong. Some do it politely, but many more don’t.

Sometimes the reactions we get are funny. I’ll never forget the man who emailed us a few years ago after I appeared on the Fox News Channel. He not only disagreed with what I said, he made fun of me for wearing a hairpiece! (I hate to break it to you, pal, but my mop is 100 percent real.)

But some messages we get aren’t funny at all. They’re threatening, mean-spirited and vile. And those you must always take seriously.

Many of our allies get this stuff, too. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), founded in 2005 by Mikey Weinstein, has been on the receiving end of some truly vicious hate mail. Because Mikey is Jewish, much of what floods his inbox has been anti-Semitic and absolutely disgusting.

Mikey’s wife, Bonnie, recently decided to undertake an interesting project. She has collected some of the MRFF’s worst mail and published it in a book along with some commentary.

This may seem like an unusual approach, but it’s effective in bringing home the point of how filled with bitterness and rage some of these people are – and how much they absolutely hate anyone who dares to stand up for freedom of conscience and the separation of church and state.

Mikey sent me an early copy of Bonnie’s book. Reading it, I could only wonder about the mental health of some of these individuals…

Click here to read more from Americans United

Click here to preorder a signed copy of the book from the MRFF store

Click here to preorder an unsigned copy from Amazon

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WORLD (Magazine) – Wheaton ROTC draws fire over faith requirements for leaders http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/world-magazine-wheaton-rotc-draws-fire-over-faith-requirements-for-leaders/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/11/world-magazine-wheaton-rotc-draws-fire-over-faith-requirements-for-leaders/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:05:21 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20675 Selected Article Excerpt:

Mikey Weinstein, the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), is known for his tenacious application of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause to stop what he believes to be unconstitutional proselytizing by evangelical Christians in the U.S. military.

Now, he’s seeking to apply the “no religious test” clause of the Constitution’s Article VI to a Christian college’s ROTC program. In an open letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Weinstein complained that, in a request to the Army for an officer to be assigned as assistant professor of military science, Wheaton College stipulated the officer must be a Christian.

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11/17/14 THIS WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19! Mikey, MRFF to Testify Before House Armed Services Committee http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/press-releases/2014/HASC_11-17-14.html http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/press-releases/2014/HASC_11-17-14.html#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:51:11 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20669 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/press-releases/2014/HASC_11-17-14.html/feed/ 0