August 2011          

Message From MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein

Mikey WeinsteinGreetings MRFF Supporters!

First, on behalf of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, I'd like to extend my warmest appreciation to all of you who have supported our goal of upholding the core constitutional freedoms of our nation within our armed services. Without your support we would not have the ability to reveal the extent to which Dominionist Fundamentalist Christianity has sunk its claws into the highest echelons of the Pentagon.

Servicemen and servicewomen of all ranks have for decades been exposed to a hideously distorted brand of militarist religiosity known as "Christian Just War Theory," and while this fact has come as a shock for many, we at MRFF have long been aware of the presence of this Crusader ideology within the US military. Such being the case, we have sworn our lives toward protecting our service members from religious indoctrination -- especially with regard to the supposed "divine ethics" of nuclear warfare. The people of the United States owe a debt of gratitude to the 31 brave missile launch officers from Vandenberg Air Force Base who stepped forward to alert us to the existence of a presentation which some of them had for years referred to as the "Jesus Loves Nukes" speech (a phrase which has since gone viral).

Our role in bringing attention to this shocking and repugnant curriculum has been greeted with praise from such diverse sources as the award-winning religious magazine U.S. Catholic and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, as well as front-page coverage from the respected Japanese daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun (a week prior to their marking the August 6th & 9th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively). However, the usual rogues' gallery of neo-conservatives, pseudo-religious fascists, bible-thumping Dominionists, and dull-witted neo-Nazis have taken exception to this latest achievement in our exhaustive struggle to rid the armed services of the rank influence of superstitious extremism and have been concentrating their fire on us in a manner which speaks volumes about their basic qualities as human beings, let alone as professed "men and women of God."

Sometimes, however, we have to call a spade a spade and sound the BS detector. Case in point: Michael Savage (actual name: Michael Weiner) of The Savage Nation shlock-jock radio show, who recently devoted four minutes to a rabidly ad-hominem, personal assault on me and my family, as well as a denigration of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Much of the attention of Savage's stupefying rant was paid to mocking my name -- a name not too dissimilar to his own real name of Michael Weiner! -- which should serve as a particularly revealing clue as to the psychological state of this specimen, a professional bottom-feeding hyena who earns his daily bread by foaming at the mouth and spreading extremist hysteria which he likely doesn't even believe himself. Make sure to read MRFF Senior Research Director Chris Rodda's excellent Huffington Post article rebutting Michael Savage's idiotic and inaccurate rant. Attacks like these should serve as further confirmation that we are doing our job right.

The war chests of the forces ranged against us are overflowing, yet we still manage to frustrate their agenda on a shoe-string budget. However, we desperately need your generous donations -- now more than ever. In a nuclear crusade there can be no winners, and this is just one of the dangers which MRFF consistently works to prevent. Help do your part in this preventive struggle against the delusional Dominionist enemy, and remember, as I noted last month when quoting the Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Money forms the sinews of war." Please make a fully tax-deductible donation today.

Your Eternal Ally,

Mikey

 

MRFF Featured News
August 2011

MAJOR MRFF VICTORY

MRFF Again Compels Concrete
Corrective Action by the
U.S. Department of Defense

Truthout.org Breaks News That
Christian-Themed and Nazi-Linked Nuclear
Warfare Training is Pulled by U.S. Air Force
in Response to MRFF Revelation

Click to Read Truthout Stories
from July 27th and 29th

Since first publication, the above Truthout articles have been viewed approximately 1 million times, and have garnered a combined 7,000 Facebook Shares and 1,000 comments. This stands as Truthout's biggest story to date, and was instrumental in effecting this all-important policy change in the military.

Additional Coverage:
Acclaimed investigative reporter Jason Leopold
discusses the "Jesus Nukes" story on
The Nicole Sandler Show - Listen Here

Your generous donations made this possible,
and your continued support will allow MRFF to
continue its fight in the courts and in the media.

 

MRFF MAJOR MEDIA

Watch Mikey Weinstein on CNN's "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Situation Room

Mikey discusses the Christian-themed and Nazi-linked
nuclear ethics training course pulled by the US Air Force
in response to MRFF revelations.

Click Here to Watch This Video

8/5/11 HUFFINGTON POST - Michael Savage Attacks Mikey Weinstein Over
Stopping of Air Force "Jesus Loves Nukes" Training

8/5/11 - BAPTIST JOINT COMMITTEE FOR RELIGIOUS
LIBERTY - Air Force Ends Religion-Themed Ethics Class

8/5/11 - CAL COAST NEWS - Nazis, Nukes, and the Bible:
Vandenberg to stop mixing the three

8/5/11 - UPI - Air Force cancels nuclear ethics briefings

8/4/11 - THE ATLANTIC WIRE - Atheists, Christians Agree: Jesus Wouldn't Launch Nukes

8/4/11 - U.S. CATHOLIC - No, sir, Jesus does not love nukes

8/4/11 - THE DAILY MAIL (UK) - Air Force Suspends 20-year-old training
programme - because it quotes verses from the Bible

8/4/11 - WALL of SEPARATION - Military Victories: Non-Theist Event
Approved At Fort Bragg, Sectarian Training At Vandenberg Nuked

8/4/11 - ANTIWAR.COM - Jesus Nuke School Out For Summer

8/4/11 - CNN - Air Force: Bible and nukes don't mix

8/4/11 - FOX NEWS RADIO - Air Force Removes Bible Verses

8/4/11 - AIR FORCE TIMES - Air Force yanks nuclear ethics course

8/4/11 - EXAMINER - Secular victory: Air Force ends Bible study for nuclear launch officers

8/3/11 - FOX NEWS - Air Force Suspends Christian-Themed
Ethics Training Program Over Bible Passages

8/3/11 - GIZMODO - The Disturbing Secrets of the Air Force's Jesus
Loves Nukes Nuclear Missile Program

8/3/11 - ATHEIST CARTOONS - Stranger Than Fiction

8/2/11 - WASHINGTON POST - Air Force Suspends Ethics Course
that Used Bible Passages to Train Missile Launch Officers

8/2/11 - MILITARY.COM - AF Pulls ‘Jesus Loves Nukes' Training

8/2/11 - TRUTHOUT - Writers Cited in Breivik Manifesto Have Spoken
at US Military Colleges as Anti-Terrorism Experts

8/1/11 - WASHINGTON POST - Naser Abdo, AWOL soldier, charged in Fort Hood bomb plot

Michael Savage's hateful rant against
Mikey Weinstein and MRFF

On August 3rd, Michael Savage devoted four minutes of rabid idiocy
to attacking Mikey Weinstein and his family.

Click here to hear "The Savage Nation" audio from 8/3/11

Read MRFF Senior Research Director
Chris Rodda's Huffington Post rebuttal here


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MRFF's Inbox

Our decisive role exposing the "Jesus Loves Nukes" story has resulted
in an extraordinary torrent of vicious threats and hate mail in this week alone
.
Here are two examples of this recent influx of hate mail:

"Relegious Freefom"

"Dear MRFF: For a group that preaches tolerants in relegious freedom and
freedom from relegion. I would have to say you people are the least tolerant,
in seeing other peoples points of view.
"

"The Constitution: 'High-brow propaganda' for 'fools'"

"You've been so enamored by high-brow propaganda as to be motivated to
suck an education out of the government."

Click here to read all of the Hate Mail MRFF
has received since breaking this most recent story
regarding Christian-themed Nuclear Training

Featured Inbox Entry:

I am being prevented from praying at the chapel
and my religious leader is being ignored.

"Mr. Weinstein and MRFF, I am a Catholic soldier in the U.S. Army. Throughout my career in the army, I have come up against difficulties when trying to practice my Catholic faith. On almost every occasion in which I have made a request for religious accommodation my request was ignored and, many times, treated disrespectfully by a corrupt and uninformed chain of command. Moreover, the general mentality and approach taken by leadership in dealing with religion and requests for accommodation has ALWAYS been that "one size fits all". Unfortunately that "one size" has been a form of ‘fundamentalist', Protestant Christianity that shows disdain for any need to go somewhere to pray, to ‘attend' a Mass, or to ‘see' a priest, or to respect
these events and encounters as ‘obligations'."

Click here to read the many more emails which MRFF
has received in the "MRFF's Inbox" archive


Upcoming MRFF Events

Save the Date: Mikey Weinstein to be first-ever
recipient of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State "Person of the Year" Award

"We've never named a 'Person of the Year' before, but I can't think of anyone more deserving than Mikey Weinstein," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Time and again, he has stuck his neck out to defend the religious liberty rights of the men and women serving our country in the armed forces."

Monday, Nov 7th, 2011
Washington, DC

More details will be provided when available


MRFF Needs Your Constant Vigilance to Uncover
Unconstitutional Religious Incursions in the Military

The constitutional violations occurring in our military are so numerous and widespread
that we can't possibly find all of them ourselves. MRFF counts on its supporters and volunteers --
the indispensable "eyes and ears" who alert us to everything from the most egregious of constitutional
violations to articles we might be interested in.

So, keep the emails coming, and never think that anything is too insignificant or assume
that we might already know about it. You never know -- you might have stumbled into the
next bombshell of a story and not even realize it.

Please report anything that may be of concern to:
info@militaryreligiousfreedom.org



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