Military Religious Freedom Foundation http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org Protecting the Constitutional Guarantee of Separation of Church and State in the United States Military Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:01:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 burn in hell http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/burn-in-hell/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/burn-in-hell/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:01:35 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20904 fuck your crybaby slut ass wife and fuck your crybaby spoiled children. Who got their fancy air force academy […]]]> > fuck your crybaby slut ass wife and fuck your crybaby spoiled children. Who got their fancy air force academy educations all paid for by the GRACE of Amercan CHRISTIAN taxpayers. And just look what we got for our tax money. The family Whiningsteen jew traitors from HELL.
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> Cry cry cry cause you have it so bad in a CHRISTIAN made country. You know what you all happier in North koria or back in Jewsrael. get OUT of our country! Here Jesus is KING and if you dont like it than fuck you.
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> And especially FUCK YOU MICKEY CRYBABY WHINESTEEN. Oh it must be so hard to be a little jewboy. fucking everything up in the Christian military for our Christian soldiers. Who have made your WHOLE WORTHLESS life even possible. OUR CHURCH HATE YOU!
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> Hope you fucking die. Painfully and slow and suffer long. like you make our CHRISTIAN soldiers suffer. because thats what JEWS do all the time. Even to the Son of God.
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> So you can now suffer you little peace of jew shit. FUCK YOU. wish you were never born.

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld) –

You are a class act. I will guess that you are campaigning to be featured in Bonnie’s next book — God knows your note proves that you are well-qualified.

I’m a Christian myself, and deeply embarrassed by the nastiness and vitriol that you are spewing in the name of Christ.

My prayer is that Mikey, his beautiful and talented wife, and his wonderful family will live long, happy, fruitful lives…. and that God will bless them for their courage and commitment to an honorable mission, especially in the face of your brand of toxic hate.

I also pray that God will soften your hard heart.

Peace,

Mike Challman
Christian, AF veteran, MRFF supporter

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MERRY FUCKING HANUKKAH http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/merry-fucking-hanukkah/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/merry-fucking-hanukkah/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:11:50 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20901 YOU BUNCH OF WORMS!

(name withheld)


Hello,

There is no one here by that name. Is there some way I can help you?

Perhaps there is actually something you’d like to say, but it’s unclear from this
message just what that might be. If you can, please elucidate. (That means
clarify.)

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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Thank you! http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/thank-you-34/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/thank-you-34/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:11:12 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20899 I totally respect your efforts. Please use your influence and resources to protect my son from radical muslim savages like the Army major at Fort Hood that murdered our brave sons. My son is Christian and would never stalk and kill unarmed soldiers while hollering ” allah u akbar”. He was raised in a Christian family with values that would never allow him to do sometbing like that, and he would never allow something like that to happen as long as he was alive and able to stop it. Maybe if you focused on keeping radical trash like this out of the armed forces instead of celebrating your hilarious victory over scopes with bible verses on them, you would get more support. I proudly have 5 “Jesus scopes”. I wish I had a 100 more of these awesomely accurate scopes. The verses on them are so inspiring and honorable. These scopes have helped our troops of all religions and no religion defeat their enemies in battle.
Our radical enemies hate our troops and use their religion regularly as inspiration and justification for their cowardly and savage acts. Maybe you could travel to Iraq and Syria for a face to face meeting with ISIS, and ask that they keep religion out of their religious war.

God bless our troops, and you also.

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

Your blessings are appreciated, but your understanding is somewhat limited and your willingness to cast judgment on others suggests a rather narrow comprehension on your part of the meaning of Christ’s teaching.

The MRFF is working to protect the rights of your son and the military daughters and sons of others. Our focus has to do with religious freedom and ones right to believe as she or he chooses. The awful actions of the military officer who killed soldiers at Fort Hood is and was condemned by all thinking people, no matter what their belief system.

It’s nice that you know your son’s values “would never allow him to do something like that,” but by suggesting it’s his Christian values that guarantee this while referring to “radical trash” and “radical enemies” who “use their religion” to inspire and justify “their cowardly and savage acts,” you seem to be condemning an entire belief system that is foreign to you. I hope that’s not the case.

Militant radicals, zealots of all belief systems including your own are sometimes known to commit horrifying acts of cruelty and justify them by an aggressive and, I believe, twisted and self-serving interpretation of the values and dictates of the system of their choice. Alternatively, the sons and daughters of Muslims, atheists, Jews, Christians, Hindus and those of other belief systems, who truly ascribe to the humane and ethical values contained in all of them, are like your son and would never commit anything like the acts to which you refer.

As regards the “Jesus scopes,” I trust the accuracy of which you boast would be the same if they had been inscribed with quotes from the Koran or Archie comic books instead of the Bible. The reason they were taken out of service is that the Christian references engraved on them allowed those on the other side of the contest to assert that the U.S. was fighting a Christian war against Islam, something I’m sure you would not want to have be the case.

As to your reference to ISIS, they are a perfect example of the wrongheaded totalitarian zealotry we all oppose and want to be careful not to emulate. Sadly, they are the creatures of a series of unfortunately regrettable decisions, but their excesses are rapidly alienating them from the very people they claim to represent.

I hope this helps you better understand our efforts. Our thanks to your son for his service.

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)


> Dear Sir or Madam -
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> Mikey Weinstein has read your email and shared it with me to offer a response. I’m a life-long Christian, an AF veteran and an MRFF supporter. Knowing that you and your family are also Christians, I’m happy to have an opportunity to give you my perspective about the issues you’ve raised in your email.
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> I do have to say, though, that your opening sentence confused me once I’d read the rest of your email. I’m wondering if maybe you started your email thinking one thing and then changed your mind after that first sentence. Or perhaps your opening was intended to be sarcastic. In any case, it’s guess it’s really no matter either way, as the balance of your note seems to make it clear to me that you have some misconceptions about MRFF.
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> Regarding the crimes committed by Major Hasan at Fort Hood, I am in complete agreement that his actions were abhorrent and contemptible, and worthy of nothing but condemnation. I’m not sure how you think that the influence and resources of MRFF could be used to protect our soldiers, sailors and airmen from such an attack in the future — we are a Constitutional advocacy group, not a law enforcement agency. If you are thinking that we should be advocating to keep extremists out of the US military, I’m not at all sure how one would go about doing that. Today, MRFF already works to combat the efforts of extremists of any sectarian belief from exerting inappropriate influence or pressure on other military members. In fact, that is the heart and soul of why MRFF exists.
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> As to the “Jesus scopes”, in no way is it the intention of MRFF to prevent our soldiers from having “awesomely accurate scopes”. On the contrary, we want our troops to be the best equipped, best trained forces in the world. But I hope you’d agree that the inclusion of a Scripture verse on the scope does nothing to improve its accuracy or performance. What it does, however, is to promote a specific sectarian agenda to all of the troops who would receive a piece of equipment with Scriptural tag, and that is unconstitutional. For my money, the best solution would be for the manufacturer to provide the best possible scopes to aid our troops in battle, and save the proselytizing for a more appropriate time, place and manner.
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> Lastly, I agree that groups like ISIS use their interpretation of their religion to inspire and justify conflict. But that sort of behavior is not at all what we should be using as a standard for our own behavior. You and I are blessed to live in a free and open society, comprised of people with many diverse religious beliefs, including honorable people who do not believe in God at all. Our military reflects that diversity, so the best thing that we can do as a nation, in support of every single soldier, sailor and airman is to ensure that our military organizations are equitable, fair and welcoming to individuals of all manner of belief or unbelief. That is what makes American special, not adherence to any single sectarian agenda.
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> Thanks for writing to MRFF. Wishing you a happy Advent and Christmas season.
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> Peace,
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> Mike Challman
> Christian, AF veteran, MRFF supporter

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12/19/14 – MRFF & Mikey Nominated – 2014 Scrooge “Awards” http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/121914-mrff-mikey-nominated-2014-scrooge-awards/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/121914-mrff-mikey-nominated-2014-scrooge-awards/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:36:46 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20894 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/121914-mrff-mikey-nominated-2014-scrooge-awards/feed/ 0 Thank You! http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/thank-you-33/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/thank-you-33/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:45:31 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20891 I totally respect your efforts. Please use your influence and resources to protect my son from radical muslim savages like the Army major at Fort Hood that murdered our brave sons. My son is Christian and would never stalk and kill unarmed soldiers while hollering ” allah u akbar”. He was raised in a Christian family with values that would never allow him to do sometbing like that, and he would never allow something like that to happen as long as he was alive and able to stop it. Maybe if you focused on keeping radical trash like this out of the armed forces instead of celebrating your hilarious victory over scopes with bible verses on them, you would get more support. I proudly have 5 “Jesus scopes”. I wish I had a 100 more of these awesomely accurate scopes. The verses on them are so inspiring and honorable. These scopes have helped our troops of all religions and no religion defeat their enemies in battle.
Our radical enemies hate our troops and use their religion regularly as inspiration and justification for their cowardly and savage acts. Maybe you could travel to Iraq and Syria for a face to face meeting with ISIS, and ask that they keep religion out of their religious war.

God bless our troops, and you also.


Dear Sir or Madam -

Mikey Weinstein has read your email and shared it with me to offer a response.  I’m a life-long Christian, an AF veteran and an MRFF supporter.  Knowing that you and your family are also Christians, I’m happy to have an opportunity to give you my perspective about the issues you’ve raised in your email.

I do have to say, though, that your opening sentence confused me once I’d read the rest of your email.  I’m wondering if maybe you started your email thinking one thing and then changed your mind after that first sentence. Or perhaps your opening was intended to be sarcastic.  In any case, it’s guess it’s really no matter either way, as the balance of your note seems to make it clear to me that you have some misconceptions about MRFF.

Regarding the crimes committed by Major Hasan at Fort Hood, I am in complete agreement that his actions were abhorrent and contemptible, and worthy of nothing but condemnation.  I’m not sure how you think that the influence and resources of MRFF could be used to protect our soldiers, sailors and airmen from such an attack in the future — we are a Constitutional advocacy group, not a law enforcement agency.  If you are thinking that we should be advocating to keep extremists out of the US military, I’m not at all sure how one would go about doing that. Today, MRFF already works to combat the efforts of extremists of any sectarian belief from exerting inappropriate influence or pressure on other military members.  In fact, that is the heart and soul of why MRFF exists.

As to the “Jesus scopes”, in no way is it the intention of MRFF to prevent our soldiers from having “awesomely accurate scopes”.  On the contrary, we want our troops to be the best equipped, best trained forces in the world.  But I hope you’d agree that the inclusion of a Scripture verse on the scope does nothing to improve its accuracy or performance.  What it does, however, is to promote a specific sectarian agenda to all of the troops who would receive a piece of equipment with Scriptural tag, and that is unconstitutional. For my money, the best solution would be for the manufacturer to provide the best possible scopes to aid our troops in battle, and save the proselytizing for a more appropriate time, place and manner.

Lastly, I agree that groups like ISIS use their interpretation of their religion to inspire and justify conflict. But that sort of behavior is not at all what we should be using as a standard for our own behavior. You and I are blessed to live in a free and open society, comprised of people with many diverse religious beliefs, including honorable people who do not believe in God at all.  Our military reflects that diversity, so the best thing that we can do as a nation, in support of every single soldier, sailor and airman is to ensure that our military organizations are equitable, fair and welcoming to individuals of all manner of belief or unbelief.  That is what makes American special, not adherence to any single sectarian agenda.

Thanks for writing to MRFF.  Wishing you a happy Advent and Christmas season.

Peace,

Mike Challman
Christian, AF veteran, MRFF supporter

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THE WASHINGTON TIMES – Army pulls job posting that mandated ‘Christian faith’ after complaints http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/the-washington-times-army-pulls-job-posting-that-mandated-christian-faith-after-complaints/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/the-washington-times-army-pulls-job-posting-that-mandated-christian-faith-after-complaints/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:02:04 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20888 Selected Article Excerpts

  • The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, run by former Air Force official Mikey Weinstein, petitioned the Army to remove a job posting that required applicants to “be of Christian faith” — and the Army apparently listened.
  • Mr. Weinstein called the “Christian faith” caveat “constitutionally noxious” and “an abhorrent nightmare,” the Army Times reported. His group sent a letter dated Nov. 6 demanding that the branch delete the requirement.
  • Shortly after, Army Secretary Anthony Stamilio wrote the MRFF and said the branch “removed all university preferences from our assignment postings,” the Army Times reported.

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VIDEO – MRFF 2014 Year End Appeal http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/video-mrff-2014-year-end-appeal/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/video-mrff-2014-year-end-appeal/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:47:02 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20869
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RADIO – WORLD MAGAZINE – Mikey Weinstein on Christmas Displays on Public Land http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/radio-world-magazine-mikey-weinstein-on-christmas-displays-on-public-land/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/radio-world-magazine-mikey-weinstein-on-christmas-displays-on-public-land/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:31:21 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20864 Christmas: A new poll shows most Americans approve of Christmas displays on public land, but Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is not impressed.

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COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT – Lamborn: My big fat abundant life http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/colorado-springs-independent-lamborn-my-big-fat-abundant-life/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/colorado-springs-independent-lamborn-my-big-fat-abundant-life/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:37:04 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20858 Selected Article Excerpt:

…Lamborn’s speech went on to call groups such as MRFF a “vocal minority” and to note, “Thesepetty efforts by groups offended by the religious significance of Christmas violate the freedom of religion our forefathers provided for us in the Constitution…. I have introduced a resolution to protect the symbols and traditions of Christmas for those who celebrate the holidays. We cannot allow those who choose to take offense to shut down the religious celebration of every other American.”

Every other American?

From Weinstein:

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) has truly outdone himself in terms of the breadth and depth of his Constitutional dereliction and his vituperative evangelical Christian sectarianism. Lamborn is a breathtakingly ignorant, World Class(less) fundamentalist Chrisitan bully, surpemacist and brazen bigot. He is even a disgrace to the gutter dwellers he is often compared to.

Firstly, it’s not the business of the United States military to mark, as he seems to imply, the “humble birth of our savior on a holy night 2,000 years ago.” Let me remind readers that those who serve in our armed forces solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; it is NOT their role to uphold one or another particular religious faith (or no faith) or its associated holidays and rituals.

Secondly, if Lamborn was implying that it was the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) which filed a lawsuit to prevent the participation of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child OCC), then that implication is absolutely false and is the product of either woeful ignorance or deliberate calumnious deceit. What did happen was that MRFF filed a complaint on behalf of 132 Academy personnel, the vast majority of whom were Christian, urging that participation in the OCC evangelical Christian fundamentalist charity be placed under the auspices of the Chaplain Corps, and not the Cadet Wing or other USAFA command leadership.

Lastly, MRFF is not a parochial atheist organization (about 96% of our nearly 40,000 armed forces clients are Christians themselves), but is a Constitutional civil rights organization devoted to stopping fundamentalist Christian predators like Rep. Lamborn who are quite literally ‘hellbent’ on seeing that not only civilian legislatures but the draconian spectre of military command influence is used as a crude and blunt instrument for unconstitutionally forcing helpless subordinate service men and women to accept their own sectarian, bigoted, and fundamentalist biblical worldview.
We asked Lamborn’s spokesman how much in campaign money was spent on the Christmas card and how many were mailed, but haven’t heard back. We’ll update if and when we do hear something.

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“A Wakeup Call” (U.S. Army Chaplain responds to ‘To The Far-Right Christian Hater’) http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/army-chaplain-re-your-wifes-book/ http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/12/army-chaplain-re-your-wifes-book/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:11:33 +0000 http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/?p=20846 To: Mikey Weinstein and the MRFF

From: Chaplain (U.S. Army officer rank withheld) (name withheld), (unit and installation withheld)

Subject: A Wakeup Call

Mr. Weinstein I am a senior U.S. Army Chaplain and have been for (number of years withheld) years. I have never contacted you or the MRFF before tonight. I am (Protestant denomination withheld) and my endorsing agency is (name withheld). Please do not make public my personal identity. But please do make public my message.

One of my staff here at Fort (Army installation name withheld) recently purchased a copy of your wife Bonnie’s new book ‘You Can Be A Good Speller or a Hater But You Can’t Be Both’. Many here in the office have now read it entirely. It has created quite a buzz here. It is a very uncomfortable read as I’m sure it was designed to be. Very difficlut to see such hatred and such a lack of grace and mercy on behalf of so-called Christians. I lost sleep thinking about it after finishng it. So did my wife. She trembled as she read it. She wept.

Today I led and taught a bible study class here at our largest chapel on post. It was very well attended. I wanted you to know that I based the entire 2 hour lesson on this powerful new book of Bonnie’s. I wanted all of the attendees to understand what it means to be a true and faithful follower of Christ. And what it means not to be. I used the filth of the book to hopefully cleanse my bible study students’ own ignorances and soothe their souls.

I wanted everyone there to ask themselves it they were guilty of harboring any support or agreement at all for what has been written in this book by your wife Bonnie. Needless to say it was a real wakeup call for everyone to see the contents of the book especially even the illustrations. My class was horrified by what was supposedly written in the name of Christ and Christianity. My purpose was fulfilled as it caused much impassioned discussion and introspection amongst my military community flock. There were tears and there were more tears. You should see the comments on my Facebook page. All good.

I am so sorry that you and your family and staff of the MRFF have to confront such malicious ugliness every day. I wanted you to know that some of us here in the Army are trying very hard to expose the lessons of this terrible bigotry and hatred to plow a path to better understanding and true Christian love of and for our fellow man.

This book is a shocker. Because of that it is an effective tool in helping us all get to a better place. Wouldn’t Jesus want love to emerge from such evil?

On behalf of all of us here at Fort (Army installation name withheld) I thank your wife and your publisher for the courage it must have taken to write and publish this book. I thank you and the MRFF for soldiering on despite having to live with this.

with blessings to the MRFF,

V/R

Chaplain (U.S. Army officer rank withheld) name withheld
(U.S. Army unit and installation withheld)

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