Military Religious Freedom Foundation http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org Protecting the Constitutional Guarantee of Separation of Church and State in the United States Military Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:45:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sincere thanks to the MRFF http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/sincere-thanks-to-the-mrff/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/sincere-thanks-to-the-mrff/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:45:09 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20396 Hello Mikey: > > I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you and the Military Religious Freedom […]]]> > Hello Mikey:
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> I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
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> Watching Pierce, Burns and Hunnicutt in M*A*S*H episodes as a young man, I was inspired to be a doctor in the Army.
> I am now a Major, in the Medical Corps, Army Reserve. I practice anesthesiology with a Combat Support Hospital. I could not be happier with my work.
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> What makes me different from most of my colleagues, is that I no longer attend a church. Though I was raised in a church- going family, I would no longer describe myself as Christian.
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> It has become increasingly uncomfortable to identify oneself as a nonreligous soldier in the cultish, evangelical Christian milieu of the US Army.
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> Christianity’s influence can be seen everywhere in Army installations: ‘Jesus Loves You’ at soldier’s work stations, bible quotes in their email ‘signatures’, bible study invitations and announcements plastered on bulletin boards, and stacks of ‘donated’ New Testaments at every waiting or common area. Chaplains that are supposed to represent all faiths, never seem to get around to talking about Allah or Budda, or Zeus when they are given an opportunity to give a ‘non denominational’ address to the troops.
> This omnipresence is oppressive.
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> Looking for like-minded individuals in the Army is difficult. On my last deployment, I was sitting at dinner with 6 other medical doctors. Our discussion turned to religion. I was shocked to find out that I was the only one of this educated group that was not a Christian, and did not believe the world was only 6000 years old.
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> My Commander on this deployment ‘Praised God’ saying that ‘Prayer really does work!’, when I presented her with 10 Kindle e-readers donated by a secular organization I had contacted.
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> I could go on. The point of this letter though, is to thank you for the work the MRFF does. It can be pretty lonely out there. It is nice to know that the MRFF represents thousands of soldiers like me, religious and and nonreligious, that are marginalized by the climate of Christian proselytization endemic in the US Military.
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> I have had the occasion to contact you three times in the past regarding Church/State separation issues in the Army. Each time you have personally responded to my email in a matter of hours. You have even taken the time to talk to me personally over the phone on one occasion. You have freely offered your opinion and your advice on how to proceed.
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> It is so clear that you take the work you do seriously. That in itself inspires me to try to get involved in the fight, and continue to support the work of MRFF.
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> Sincere thanks.
> MAJ xxxxxx x. xxxxxxxxx
> (City and State Withheld)

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CONTRA COSTA TIMES – Tri-Valley letters: Anti-religious policy change a great decision http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/contra-costa-times-tri-valley-letters-anti-religious-policy-change-a-great-decision/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/contra-costa-times-tri-valley-letters-anti-religious-policy-change-a-great-decision/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:53:21 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20385 Selected article excerpt

I commend this young man for his extraordinary courage in defying entrenched religious convention. I am also sending a donation to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which came to his defense.

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I have been spending time http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/i-have-been-spending-time/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/i-have-been-spending-time/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:20:49 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20382 Going through the MRFF newsletters and web sites. This has helped me to not
only see but to understand.

It has influenced me to be more aware to respect others. And not override
their will with what I believe. But to respect the person with the same
respect that I would expect and that is to be accepted and appreciated. This
coming across the MRFF web site has caused me to rethink my attitude towards
anyone. I have learned a vital lesson It matter not how much I know it
matters how much I care for others. Long time ago, It is not in how much
that I know but rather it is in how much I care. I found this to be true
And reading more of MRFF I have had a more compassionate attitude because I
took the time to read and listen to the feedback.

I really appreciate you all. the more I ponder on all this, the more I look
within my own self to see where I can become a better person to others and
let God do the work. I don’t know what God knows but to love His people and
be helpful when and wherever the opportunity presents itself.

Reading MRFF has been an eye opener to me about checking my own walk with
the Lord.
made me stop and do a reality check in my own life and learn from.

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

On behalf of Mikey and everyone involved with the Military Religious Freedom
Foundation, we are delighted that we have helped you see what we do and
stand for.

Personally, I am thankful that God gave you the desire to dig deeper into
our website and see that we are not anti-Christian but fight for the rights
of Christians more than any other religion.

May God continue to bless your socks off!

Pastor Joan

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FRIENDLY ATHEIST – Air Force Medical Commander’s Pro-Christianity Article Removed From National Guard Newsletter, So Cue the Outrage Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/10/15/air-force-medical-commanders-pro-christianity-article-removed-from-national-guard-newsletter-so-cue-the-outrage/#ixzz3GG9eIKUr http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/friendly-atheist-air-force-medical-commanders-pro-christianity-article-removed-from-national-guard-newsletter-so-cue-the-outrage-read-more-httpwww-patheos-comblogsfriendlyatheist2/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/friendly-atheist-air-force-medical-commanders-pro-christianity-article-removed-from-national-guard-newsletter-so-cue-the-outrage-read-more-httpwww-patheos-comblogsfriendlyatheist2/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:09:45 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20380 Selected Article Excerpt:

When the Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s Mikey Weinstein contacted Commander Col. Craig R. Baker at the request of “several” members — including Christians — Baker agreed to reissue the publication without the column, adding, “I intend to give further academics to all my CC’s to insure [sic] this mistake does not happen again.”

As you might imagine, the Christian Right is flipping out.

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Thanks for denying http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/thanks-for-denying/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/thanks-for-denying/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:12:14 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20375 You choose to take our religious freedoms .

I feel sad for you.
I think you are very small and misguided person but of course you are free to your ideas and thoughts. .
You just really depress me and my son serving in combat now.
Glad I did not know of you when I served in Viet Nam.

(name withheld)


Good afternoon, friend –

Mikey Weinstein shared your email with me, and I’d like to take a moment to respond because it appears that you misunderstand the mission of MRFF. I’m an AF veteran and a life-long Christian… but like you, where I started from was a misunderstanding of MRFF. It was only after I did my own research and reading that I concluded that (a.) there is a real need for an organization like MRFF today; and (b.) that the goals of MRFF are honorable and appropriate, despite frequent misrepresentation in the media.

The most important thing to understand is that we are not interested in taking anyone’s religious freedom — in fact, our purpose is quite the opposite. MRFF is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

That means just what it says — nothing more, nothing less. Every military member is entitled to the free exercise of his/her own religious beliefs (including non-belief) without interference or pressure to believe something different.

I can’t imagine how anyone would find that goal inappropriate or objectionable.

Unfortunately, there are some individuals who do object to it, and who feel they have a right not only to individual religious belief, but also to use their position of authority to promote that belief to other military members. Doing so infringes on the constitutional rights of other military members,regardless of the sincerity of the individual’s belief.

It is that sort of unconstitutional promotion and proselytizing that MRFF opposes — nothing more, nothing less.

I’d be interested to learn more about what specifically you consider to be an example of MRFF attempting to “take our religious freedom”. If you are willing to continue this dialogue, I’d be happy to discuss those concerns with you further.

Peace,

Mike Challman
Christian, AF Veteran, MRFF Supporter


A foundation to make an email be re-sent without a meaningful biblical quote. So sorry thou are offended.
OUT

(name withheld)


Thanks for the example, it’s a great one to focus on.

To you, a biblical reference to Jeremiah 29:11 is “meaningful” — frankly, as a Christian myself, I also find that particular verse to be meaningful and comforting…. but what you and I find “meaningful” is beside the point.

I’d ask you to consider a few things…..

First, consider how the message might be construed by an aspiring government contractor who is not a Christian. Is the message that they also need to find it to be “meaningful’ if they want to be effective in the contractor arena? Because that is the way I would take it, if I were them… and that is the way that a number of the recipients did take it.

Second, consider that whenever any individual is communicating on behalf of the government, as was the case in this instance, he or she has an obligation to represent the government in a constitutional manner. Didn’t happen here. For that matter, I’m hard-pressed to understand how sharing a personal religious message in a professional government correspondence could ever have an appropriate role in advancing the efforts of the government contracting function.

Third, consider whether you’d be as quick to the defense if, instead of Jeremiah 29:11, the message had said “Allahu Akbar”? Because I can assure you that, from the perspective of MRFF, Islamic proselytizing would have been just as inappropriate as Christian proselytizing, and we would have challenged it just as strongly. The issue isn’t the specific content or nature of the belief, it is the appropriateness of the time, place and manner in which it is shared.

So, does the individual who sent the Scripture reference have a right to believe what it says, and to live in accordance with its message? Yup.

But does he or she have a right to put the contractor workforce on notice that he/she is a Christian (or Muslim, or Jew, or Druid, or atheist, or any other variety of believer or non-believer)? Nope.

I doubt that you will agree with my explanation, but you need to think about whether you are arguing in favor of the individual’s right to a belief, or his/her right to express it anytime, anywhere, without restriction. Because again, there is an appropriate time, place and manner for this type of personal religious expression, but it’s not in an official government correspondence.

Peace, Mike


Dear (name withheld),

I, too, feel sorry. But I feel sorry for your misunderstanding. Because, you see, we are on
the same side. When you say “of course you are free to your ideas and thoughts,” you are
one of us. That is exactly what we stand for. It is what the MRFF is here to protect.

Someone has apparently led you to believe that the MRFF wants to “take (your) religious
freedoms.” That is wrong. Whoever said this either does not understand what we are doing
or is trying to mislead you.

We at the MRFF want to protect the right of every woman and man in the military to have
the belief she or he chooses. What we do not want is to have the government, or any body
of the government such as the military, or anyone in the military who has authority over
another, to push his or her religious belief on those under his power.

We do not oppose anyone’s belief and feel that everyone has the right to formulate whatever
way he or she wants to think and/or believe. But we support the constitution and the laws of
this country which say that the government cannot promote one religious belief over another.

Most of the people associated with the MRFF, just as is the case with most of the people in
the United States, are Christians of one denomination or another. But we feel that those who are
believers in other faiths, or no faith at all, have the right to their own way of thinking and their
own form of belief.

It is when those in the military try to impose their belief on the women and men under their
command that we step in, when asked, to protect the ones having an unwanted belief system
thrust upon them.

You see, like you, we believe that “you are free to your own ideas and thoughts.”

I hope this helps you better understand us. We can use your support.

Best,

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)


Dear (name withheld),

I am a former Air Force Officer and rescue pilot having served two combat tours of duty in Vietnam. I am also an Military Religious Freedom Foundation volunteer. I saw your message to Mr. Weinstein and thought I’d drop you a note.

First, thank you for your service to our country and please thank your son for his as well.

It is not our goal to disrupt religious beliefs in the military. On the contrary, it is our mission to assure our young people in the military the guarantee of religious freedom for each and every member of the armed forces.

We are currently addressing over 40,000 complaints from our young men and women in the military concerning command centered and coercive Christian proselytizing by a growing number of Dominionist Christians in positions of rank and power.

We hope only to prevent illegal and unconstitutional activities from being forced on our young people in the name of religion.

Members of our armed forces should be free to worship in the manner prescribed but may not attempt to control others beliefs or use rank and position to foster unwelcome proselytizing.

Thank you for your concern. I invite you to visit our MRFF web site for more information as to our aims and goals. militaryreligiousfreedom.org

Rick Baker
Capt. USAF (Ret)
MRFF Volunteer


Sir or Madam,

First, thanks for your correspondence to the MRFF, and for your service.

I am a volunteer for the MRFF, and I received a copy of your letter (above) from Mr. Weinstein who has asked me to respond on his behalf. Like you, I was also a volunteer for service in Vietnam (see below), and most of our staff, supporters and clients are volunteers who served (or still serve) this country in combat.

Please allow me to try to clear up your obvious misconceptions about the MRFF and its composition and mission.

The MRFF’s staff, volunteers, supporters, and clients are for the most part active, reserve, retired, and former members of the US Armed Forces, holding ranks from private through flag officer, from all branches of the service, and MOSs including combat arms.

Eras represented include WW II, Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf I and the present GWOT. Many hold multiple personal decorations, ranging from the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star w/ V, to the Silver Star, Army, Navy, and AF Crosses. One holds the Medal of Honor.

My esteemed colleagues supporting the MRFF include my fellow Marine Paul Loebe, who saw heavy combat in the recent wars in the Middle East, and Rick Baker, who flew two combat rescue tours in Viet Nam in my era. Rick was pulling out downed pilots, recon and SOG teams, and WIAs / KIAs, and probably saw as many men badly wounded and at death’s door as most grunts. He was also WIA himself in the process and decorated. (He still sets off alarms at security checkpoints.)

Many of us (including Mr. Weinstein) come from multi-generation service families. For example, Mr. Weinstein and his family have distinguished service spanning three generations of military academy graduates and over 130 years of combined active duty military service, from World War I to the current GWOT.

Mr. Weinstein’s father was a volunteer and a distinguished graduate of the US Naval Academy, and Mr. Weinstein himself was a volunteer, and an
Honor Graduate of the US Air Force Academy, later serving for 10 years in the Air Force as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) military attorney, both as prosecutor and defense attorney. He also served in the Reagan White House.

His oldest son and daughter-in-law are also volunteers and Air Force Academy graduates (2004), and his youngest son also volunteered for and graduated from the Academy (2007). He was the sixth member of the Weinstein family to attend the Air Force Academy.

Mr. Weinstein’s nephew (an observant Christian), is a volunteer Marine, currently a SNCO in combat arms, who has had three front-line combat deployments in the GWOT.

While Mr. Weinstein did not see combat, he was a wealthy and well-connected lawyer who worked with some of the most powerful corporations and people in this country. He left his last position (with Perot) to found the MRFF when he found out about the religious abuses going on in the military.

He sacrificed his own comfort and safety (and that of his family), his savings, and property to pursue this fight. He receives regular threats of death and dismemberment for him and all his family (including pets), and his home has been shot at, defaced with swastikas and other anti-semitic symbols and strewn with filth. He has persisted in the face of everything, because he has come to believe that the time had long since come when someone must take action, and as Rabbi Hillel (c. 1st century AD) taught, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

(For Mr. Weinstein’s full biography, please see here: http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/about/michael-l-mikey-weinstein )

My own family also has a long history of volunteer military service, which includes 5 generations of Marines, as well as in the other branches. My thrice-great grandfather fought in the Revolution and my great-grandfather fought in the Civil War in the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was wounded at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, GA, and captured and incarcerated at Madison, GA, from which he later escaped and was repatriated and hospitalized. (I had other ancestors on the Confederate side, but though I respect their bravery, I can not respect their cause.)

Our family also fought in WW I, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf I as well as many of the smaller wars and conflicts. One of my Marine uncles was captured upon the fall of Corregidor, and transported on the Hell Ships to Japan, where he served as a slave laborer (aka “guest of the Emperor”) until he was liberated. My father (also a Marine) served in the South Pacific in the island campaigns till he was med-evaced to the US after being wounded shortly before Iwo Jima. Two Marine uncles (one of them the former POW) were in heavy combat in Korea.

I volunteered for the Marines in 1966, and was engaged in several major combat operations entailing close personal ground combat. in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968, including Operation Scotland at Khe Sanh and the ensuing Siege, and later in mopping-up actions in the Hue-Phu Bai area after leaving Khe Sanh.

Most of those who support the MRFF likewise volunteered for service and many have seen intensive and sustained close personal ground combat.

As to the MRFF’s mission; far from “choosing to take your religious freedoms” the MRFF supports the Constitutionally mandated requirements that there will be no religious test for office, and no established religion (i.e. no state official religion). For your convenience, I provide the relevant passages here:

> “. . . no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” (Article VI, Section III)
>
> “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .” (1st Amendment)

Essentially, that means the government cannot establish ANY religion (i.e., legislate ANY religion as the “official” or “national” religion)

Successive Supreme Court decisions have upheld these principles. These include:

The Lemon Test

Based on the 1971 case of Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602, 612-13, the Court will rule a practice unconstitutional if:

> 1. It lacks any secular purpose. That is, if the practice lacks any non-religious purpose.
>
> 2. The practice either promotes or inhibits religion.
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> 3. The practice excessively involves government (in this case the military) with a religion.

Drawing from the 1989 case of Allegheny County v. ACLU, 492 U.S. 573, the practice is examined to see if it unconstitutionally endorses religion by conveying

> “a message that a particular religion is ‘favored,’ ‘preferred,’ or ‘promoted’ over other beliefs.”
>
> “Wherein ‘core religious viewpoints’ are contrary to or abrogate other Constitutional protections, ‘ the free exercise clause’ and or freedom of ‘expressive association’ as well as its rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion may be curtailed.”

The Coercion Test

Based on the 1992 case of Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577 the religious practice is examined to see to what extent, if any, pressure is applied to force or coerce individuals to participate.

The Court has defined that “Unconstitutional coercion occurs when: “(1) the government directs (2) a formal religious exercise (3) in such a way as to oblige the participation of objectors.”

> A religious body may not interfere with or attempt to disrupt the practice of other religions.
>
> A religious body is subject to civil law and may not practice acts which are deemed illegal under law.

There are also numerous federal laws and directives that direct religious neutrality in government and especially in the US Armed Forces which mandate that leaders at all levels must balance an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion, and that they 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. Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectivity and degrade the morale, good order, and discipline, and the trust and confidence of their personnel or the public.

The MRFF is committed to ensuring that the Constitutional rights to freedom of conscience for all American servicemen and women are not violated, and that they are not subjected to unwanted proselytization, persecution, or discrimination by any religious group whatsoever.

Despite reports to the contrary, neither Mr. Weinstein nor the MRFF is “against” Christianity or any other religion. On the contrary, as the name implies, the MRFF supports religious freedom and pluralism for all faiths or none, in accordance with the US Constitution (see above) and public law. Its founder, members, and supporters include people of many different faiths and belief systems, as well as free-thinkers.

Mr. Weinstein is of Jewish heritage, and his family circle is one of blended faiths, including observant Christians (one of whom served in Iraq in the Marines in a combat arms MOS).
The MRFF staff is composed of approximately 75% Christians of varying sects (mainly Protestant, including evangelical), 15% Jews, and 10% all others, including Hindus, Muslims, and various other faiths, as well as a small percentage of free-thinkers of various types, including atheists and agnostics.

Though the MRFF is comprised of people of many faiths (as well as no faith), it is strictly secular, and as noted above, defends US service personnel against violations of their Constitutional rights to freedom of conscience.

As to the problems MRFF clients face, I’ll let the numbers tell the story.

Currently (and indeed since its founding), 96% of all the over 33,000 (and rising) MRFF cases are brought on behalf of professing Christians, (mainly Protestants), followed by Catholics (including Roman and Eastern Orthodox).

The 4% balance of cases includes Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs, as well as self-described Pagans of various sects, atheists, agnostics, and other free-thinkers.

The great preponderance of MRFF cases involve abuses of authority and violations of the above quoted Constitutional guarantees of freedom of conscience by a specific sub-set of aggressively evangelical radicals who style themselves “Christians” and who are becoming increasingly entrenched and powerful in the military at ranks all the way up to flag officer. They are known variously as Dominionists or Reconstructionists. (See the attachment below for more detail.)

In clear and blatant violations of the Constitution, public law, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, members of these groups aggressively inveigle and solicit “recruits”, but failing that, harass, bully, and attempt to intimidate (often under color of authority) service members under their command, in order to forcibly attempt to proselytize them, using tactics ranging from denying choice assignments and promotions to all but those they consider “Christian enough” to giving those unwilling to knuckle under poor performance reviews, and assigning difficult, dirty, and dangerous tasks – including potentially deadly tasks in combat. Some infantrymen have even been put on “permanent point” — that is, they are ordered to be the first man in line on a patrol. (I don’t know what you know about combat patrolling, but this is the equivalent of a death sentence.)

In many commands (especially in the USAF), the entire CoC is often riddled with or entirely composed of these Dominionists — including the people tasked with providing relief, such as EO NCOs and officers, and on up through the entire CoC. In more than one case we have dealt with, the EO NCO (a Dominionist) has placed the supposedly confidential complaint on the desk of the very same CO or XO who was the cause of the complaint in the first place!

Exactly what chances of redress through the system are there in these situations? If you answered “minus zero” you are correct. Here is just one example of the thousands of cases we have fielded. The services are all SUPPOSED to have avenues for wrongs like this to be addressed. Read this and see what just one of our clients, an Army officer, experienced. (And this was an officer — imagine the plight of an enlisted person in the rigid top-down hierarchy of the military.)

http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2011/12/05/thought-u-s-military-would-protect-individual%E2%80%8Bs-from-in-rank-bigotry-and-injustice

For all the lip service the USAF and other branches give these issues, the realities are far different. The MRFF has a great many clients, both officer and enlisted, who have been actively discriminated against, harassed, and even beaten for being other than Christian — or even for being the “wrong kind” of Christian — i.e., non-Dominionist.

While I grant you that some of these incidents may seem small potatoes, they are just one of many and ongoing intrusions on the Constitution by Dominionists in the military and other government agencies. The MRFF opposes ALL such violations when a complaint is made by service personnel.

The MRFF has also defended evangelical Christians, both from Dominionists who disagreed with their version of Christianity, and others.

I have attached some information on the Dominionist movement for your elucidation. (Please see below.)

The MRFF upholds the very epitome of what it is to be American — freedom of conscience, and free speech, as guaranteed in the Constitution.

American servicemen and women being coerced by those who wrap themselves in a cloak of religion and patriotism, and use every means possible, fair and foul, to unconstitutionally ram their beliefs down the throats of others. As Sinclair Lewis (purportedly) said;

> “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”

Therefore, sir, Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF will continue to address any violations, great or small, of that Constitution which we, like you, swore to uphold and defend, regardless of the opinion of you or anyone else.

A few final points — in at least one of your earlier missives, you seem to assume that everyone in the MRFF was “on the left” politically – that is not the case. MRFF supporters and clients are all over the political spectrum (just as they encompass the religious spectrum), and include political conservatives, independents, libertarians, etc. However, our political views are irrelevant, as they, like yours, are also protected by the Constitution.

We also agree that the Constitution is the paramount document on which all other laws are built, and that among the mandates of the Constitution are no religious establishment and freedom of conscience for all Americans — not just those who seem to think they have the Magic Political and / or Religious Decoder Ring that tells them what the “correct” political stance or “true faith” are or who interprets them.

I trust that this answers your questions, and addresses your concerns, and hope it has made you aware of the real nature and work of the MRFF.
Please feel free to contact the MRFF directly if you have any more questions.

I remain, sir,

Semper Fidelis

F. J. Taylor
USMC (Ret.)

Dominion Theology — A Serious and Growing Threat to the Nation

The MRFF began in 2005 when Mr. Weinstein, an Honor Graduate of the USAF Academy and highly successful top-level business attorney (then working for Perot Enterprises), learned from his son (then at the USAF Academy) that there was a great deal of religion-based physical, verbal, and emotional harassment directed not just at his son, but at all cadets who were not Christian — or even just “not Christian enough” or the “right kind.” For Jews and others non-Christians, things were even worse. The Jews got the usual “Jesus-killer” and other ethnic slurs, and non-Christians who don’t wish to convert got even worse.

Having experienced similar abuse himself at the Academy while a cadet (including a brutal beating from ambush), Mr. Weinstein was very concerned that such egregious violations of the Constitutional right to freedom of conscience, which he had supposed eradicated in the modern military, were still on-going — and what is more, that they were even worse than in his own time.

Initially, he thought that with his service background and his own connections in the services, the government, and business that things could be set to rights with a few calls and visits. However, he was astonished to find that not even a man with his connections had enough clout to right the situation, and that indeed, it was far bigger, and far more wide-spread, than he had anticipated.

Instead of a few isolated religious fanatics acting as loose cannons, he found a network that spread wide and deep throughout the USAF and indeed the entire armed forces, in positions of great power and trust from enlisted and NCO through flag officer ranks. Sadly, even flag officers (those who weren’t personally involved as part of the problem) were and remain afraid to confront this issue.

As Mr. Weinstein probed deeper into the mire, he found that this was part of a long-running, well-financed, and well-organized operation by a group of zealots who follow an extremely radical theology.

In violation of the Constitution, public law, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, these Dominionists (a radical and militant subset of evangelical Christianity) aggressively seek converts. Failing persuasion, they harass, bully, and attempt to intimidate under color of authority service members under their command or control, in order to attempt to proselytize even service members who have expressed their unwillingness.

When in command positions, they use tactics ranging from denying good assignments and promotions to those they don’t consider Christian or “Christian enough” to giving poor performance reviews, and difficult, dirty, and dangerous tasks – including potentially deadly tasks in combat. (One of our clients was assigned as “permanent point” in a combat unit!)

They have advocated in both words and writing the overthrow of the Republic and Constitution (by ballot if possible, but by bullet if necessary), and replacing them with an Old Testament style theocracy, complete with “Biblical” Sharia-like laws, complete with public executions by stoning, sword, or other “Biblical” methods, with mandatory attendance and participation by the whole community – including children.

Anyone not considered not “Christian enough” by these people if they gain power will be forced to either convert to or accept their warped version of Christianity – or die. They have been correctly described as “American Taliban.”

Some people might consider this some sort of tin-hat conspiracy theory, or that they are just far-right fringe loonies without a hope of achieving power, but these people have been operating “under the radar” for over 50 years, and are now firmly entrenched in every branch and MOS of our armed forces and government, at every level – and are getting bolder by the day.

To get a handle on their plans for the rest if us, let’s examine the words of the individuals who founded and control the movement, such as the late Rousas John Rushdoony who wrote that they intend to “…lead them (non-believers) to Jesus – in chains, if necessary.” (Rushdooney was not speaking metaphorically here!)

Rushdoony also wrote that democracy is “heresy” and that Christians must remember that “a monarchy (referring to “God’s kingdom on earth”) is not a democracy.” and “Democracy is the great love of the failures and cowards of life.”

Rushdoony listed eighteen capital “crimes” including blasphemy, witchcraft, astrology, adultery, incorrigible delinquency, homosexuality, promiscuity or unchastity before marriage, wearing a red dress (for women – though one must suppose these people would apply it to men too), and failure to keep a kosher kitchen.

Punishment for non-capital crimes would include whipping and indentured servitude or slavery (including for debt), and prisons would become temporary holding tanks while prisoners awaited sentencing. Women and children would again become chattel property of men.

Rushdoony and other Dominionists have been aptly described elsewhere as “the American Taliban” as noted above. This is true in more ways than just their morbid interest in cruel and unusual punishment. They are extremely retrogressive socially and politically, and share many more beliefs in common with the Islamic fundamentalists than they do with the average American.

Perhaps one reason they hate the Islamist fascists is that they have so much in common with them — battles between kindred are always the worst. One can only hope that they never recognize their true kinship, lest they join forces in a truly unholy alliance.

Rushdoony’s Chalcedon Foundation also helped establish The Rutherford Institute, a legal organization to promote their agenda through the very courts they plan to supersede once in power, so although Rushdoony died, his organization and legacy of theocracy lives on.

Gary North, Rushdoony’s son-in-law, espouses (publicly) a slightly less draconian version, stating, “I don’t want to kill homosexuals–I would be happy just driving them back into the closet.” However, he also espouses stoning for blasphemers and those who curse their parents, and has stated that public stoning of “malefactors” would be “a great way to bring communities together.”

The CFGC (Council of Full Gospel Churches) was founded and is run by retired Army COL “Jim” Ammerman. They have been one of the main chaplain accreditation agencies ending these stealth “Dominionist” chaplains into the military services.

One of their worst offenders is US Army chaplain MAJ James Linzey, who, with his CFGC cohorts have also denigrated Judaism and Catholicism, as well as mainstream Protestant churches. In a stunning example of their theology (and ultimate plans for everyone not of their belief), Linzey, in a 1999 video, described mainstream Protestant churches as “demonic, dastardly creatures from the pit of hell ” that should be “stomped out.”

The Council of Full Gospel Churches (Linzey’s accrediting agency) not only didn’t pull his accreditation, but supported this egregious violation of the Constitution, his mission and orders as a military chaplain, and of his oath as an officer. (Of course, Ammerman is as bad or worse.)

COL Ammerman and MAJ Linzey have also spread conspiracy theories about “Satanic forces” in the U.S. government for years aiding a military takeover aided by unnamed “foreign” (presumably UN) troops.

In 2008, COL Ammerman said that four presidential candidates (US Senators Obama, Clinton, Biden and Dodd) should be hanged for treason – for not voting to designate English as America’s official language. He also stated that President Obama would be assassinated as a “secret Muslim.” (In the late 1990s, he had also called for the execution of then-president Clinton for treason.)

CFGC and its chaplains have repeatedly and egregiously violated the Constitution and the laws and regulations regarding chaplaincies, including those on interfaith cooperation, bans on membership in organizations with religious or racial supremacist principles, especially those espousing violence, and that active military personnel cannot make disloyal or contemptuous statements about officials.

This problem, as stated, is very wide-spread and deeply entrenched, not only in the military but in many areas of government and indeed, other nations.

These people are very clever, subtle, well-organized, and well-funded. They are gaining ground in many areas – including the military and the Service Academies.

These people are our main opponents, and regular violators of the very Constitution which guarantees them freedom of religion and pluralism, which they call upon to defend themselves as they attack and undermine the very principles which allow them to exist and operate.

While we accept their right to believe as they please, within the framework of the Constitution and public law, we balk at allowing them to proselytize unwilling service personnel under their command “under color of authority” and to undermine and work to destroy the Constitution that many of our members (most of whom are former or serving members of the US Armed Forces), swore to “uphold and defend.”

The Dominionists and their allied sects are committing egregious assaults on the Constitution and on the rights of servicemen and women daily. We expose to the clear light of day their violations, as well as those of any other individuals or groups who attempt the same. Unfortunately, this group constitutes the bulk of the complaints we receive.

Mr. Weinstein determined that this movement, far from being a few relatively harmless religious lunatics, had developed into a highly dangerous and credible threat to the Constitution and to the Republic itself. He determined that there was no way he could stand aside and let them continue their rise to power. He left his employment, and founded MRFF, using all his own money and mortgaging his possessions, borrowing from friends, family and anyone he could convince of the need to battle this threat. He quite literally has wagered his “life, fortune, and sacred honor” to defend the Constitution he swore (like all of us who have served) to “uphold and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That is why he (and we) belong, and do what we do. In return, we are demonized, vilified, and daily threatened with death and violence to ourselves and our families.

FYI, some Online sources of information on Dominionism:

http://www.mainstreambaptists.org/mob4/dominionism.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominionism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion_Theology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christofascism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rousas_John_Rushdoony

http://www.religioustolerance.org/reconstr.htm

http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/TheDespoilingOfAmerica.htm

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Dominionism

http://www.publiceye.org/christian_right/cr_intro.html#dominion

http://www.theocracywatch.org/dominionism.htm

http://www.jewsonfirst.org/dominionism.html

http://www.rwor.org/a/033/dominionism-be-very-afraid.htm

Pat Robertson’s “The Secret Kingdom” outlines his own plan for a theocracy.

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10/14/14 MILITARY.COM – MRFF Demands That Air Force Re-Send Solicitation Email http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/101414-military-com-mrff-demands-that-air-force-re-send-solicitation-email/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/101414-military-com-mrff-demands-that-air-force-re-send-solicitation-email/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:44:28 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20372 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/101414-military-com-mrff-demands-that-air-force-re-send-solicitation-email/feed/ 0 10/13/14 MRFF Blasts Christian Proselytizing on Official U.S. Navy Blog http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/101314-mrff-blasts-christian-proselytizing-on-official-u-s-navy-blog/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/101314-mrff-blasts-christian-proselytizing-on-official-u-s-navy-blog/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:46:19 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20369 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/101314-mrff-blasts-christian-proselytizing-on-official-u-s-navy-blog/feed/ 0 Safest Restaurant (Warning: Islamophobia) http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/safest-restaurant-warning-islamophobia/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/safest-restaurant-warning-islamophobia/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:24:06 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20360 image001

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America is CHRISTAIN nation http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/america-is-christain-nation/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/10/america-is-christain-nation/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:13:13 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20357 go back to your jew getto and rot stupid fool

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Hello (name withheld) –

I’ll skip past the pleasantries, as there is nothing at all pleasant about your nasty little note, and get right my point — which is to say that you are not only a hateful and mephitic sort, you are also flat wrong about America. Without question, we are a nation that has historically been comprised predominantly of Christians, but that does not make us a “CHRISTAIN (sic) nation”.

We are a diverse nation of many creeds, traditions, and religious beliefs, including non-belief. Our founders were prescient in their creation of our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, establishing a lasting foundation which allows all Americans to live and work in a society that respects their individual rights. That foundation has served us well as our nation has grown to a size and diversity of which our founders could not begin to fathom.

Interestingly, it also gives you the right to spew your ignorant, uninformed and detestable bile. And it gives me the right to say what I think about your abhorrent and unchristian note — it is nothing short of perverted and loathsome. It is people like you, who if given half a chance would assuredly trample the rights of anyone who does not agree with your world view, that make the work of MRFF so vital and important.

Apologies if you are still sounding out “mephitic”.

Mike Challman
Christian, AF Veteran, MRFF Supporter

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