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MRFF MAJOR MEDIA:
MIKEY WEINSTEIN ON FOX NEWS "THE O'REILLY FACTOR"

"I covered four wars with a pen!" Mikey Weinstein refutes
"arrogant idiot" Bill O'Reilly over GTMO nativity, religious freedom

Friday, December 20, 2013

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Bill O’Reilly Loses Cool Debating Mikey Weinstein:
O'Reilly: “I Covered Four Wars With A Pen!”
Mikey coolly responds, “You are an aggressive bully and an arrogant idiot.”


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BY NAVY TIMES SCOOP DECK

Bill O’Reilly calls out sailors complaining about Nativity
scenes at Guantanamo

Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Controversy erupted earlier this week when the Military Religious Freedom Foundation reached out to the media on behalf of 18 service members at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who were uncomfortable with some Nativity scenes set up in the on-base galleys.

    Base commander Capt. J.R. Nettleton ordered them removed on Wednesday. On the following day, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly invited MRFF president Mikey Weinstein onto “The O’Reilly Factor” to ask him about the week’s events.

    As you can probably imagine, things got ugly pretty quickly.

    O’Reilly accused Nettleton and the complainants of being cowards; Nettleton for his decision, the complainants for not wanting to appear on his talk show.

    Weinstein tried to explain that the complainants wanted to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal from their command or fellow service members.

    He tried to explain the ”tribal, adversarial, communal and ritualistic,” nature of military units.

    He asked O’Reilly if he had ever served. O’Reilly said no. Weinstein shot back that at least the complainants “joined the military and they’re prepared to fight.”

    O’Reilly replied, “I covered four wars with a pen.”

    Things got unwieldy after that, until O’Reilly asked his producer to turn off Weinstein’s microphone. But before the segment ended, he left the audience with this statement:

    “I covered four wars with a pen, OK, Mr. Weinstein. So don’t impugn my courage ever again. You’re a weasel.”

    What do you think? Does Bill O’Reilly understand the military?

Click to read at Navy Times


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BY NEWSHOUNDS

O’Reilly Becomes Unhinged Debating Mikey Weinstein In The War On Christmas: “I Covered Four Wars With A Pen!”

Friday, December 20, 2013

Selected Article Excerpt:

  • Bill O’Reilly has a new front in the War on Christmas: two nativity scenes in Guantanamo Bay. Unfortunately for O’Reilly, he was no match for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Mikey Weinstein, who successfully lobbied to have them removed. Let’s just say that the segment ended with O’Reilly cutting Weinstein's mike and proclaiming that his having covered “four wars with a pen” was comparable to military service.

    O’Reilly was scornful from the beginning. Apparently, he took the loss of the nativity scenes personally, even though they were more than 1,400 miles away. He was also peeved that Weinstein would not reveal who had complained. O'Reilly seemed to feel he had some kind of divine right to the information, that the complainers owed it to him to come forward and that they must be cowards if they didn’t.

    You could tell that O’Reilly was fighting to keep his temper because first he told the seemingly unflappable Weinstein to “Calm down, calm down.” But before long, it was O’Reilly who was yelling, “It’s a national holiday!”

    Near the end, Weinstein asked if O’Reilly had ever served in the military. No, O’Reilly said, he had not. That’s when the fireworks started...

Click to read at Newshounds


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‘Cut Him Off. He’s a Jerk’: O’Reilly Clashes With Activist in Fiery Exchange Over Guantanamo Nativity Removal

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even-handed coverage of latest Constitutional
violation in U.S. military

Friday, December 20, 2013

Selected Article Excerps:

  • A fiery debate broke out on Thursday night when television host Bill O’Reilly was joined by Military Religious Freedom Foundation President Mikey Weinstein to discuss the removal of two nativities from public dining areas at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

    While the conversation started out calmly, it didn’t take long for the debate to heat up, with O’Reilly inevitably calling Weinstein a “jerk” and telling his producers to cut him off.

    At the start of the exchange, Weinstein referred to the nativities inside base dining halls as “unlawful” and defended the 18 anonymous soldiers he claims came to his group to complain about their presence.
  • The debate really heated up, though, when Weinstein said that the dynamics surrounding “Christian privilege” are changing.

    “What we’re really seeing — Christian privilege previously unchallenged being challenged,” he said, later adding, “My point is, Christian privilege is now gone and now welcome to the land of equality. You must all share your toys.”

    O’Reilly responded that he didn’t believe Weinstein was making any sense — and then the situation turned personal, with O’Reilly calling the complainants “cowardly.”

    “It was cowardly because this is a depiction of a secular holiday that was signed into law ... and if someone’s offended about it I want to know why and your guys don’t have the courage to stand up and tell me,” O’Reilly said.

    Weinstein responded, “Bill, please don’t call our members of our military cowards...at least they joined the military and they’re prepared to fight...your christian personal rights will always be trumped by the civil rights of your fellow American citizens.”

Click to read at TheBlaze


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Valued MRFF supporters,

For those who fully appreciate the protections offered by the separation of church and state, 2013 has been a year like no other. While we at MRFF can rightly be proud of our continued streak of Constitutional victories, the dangers to the religious civil rights of our honorable servicemembers have reached an unprecedented scale.

Die-hard opponents of the U.S. Constitution, religious pluralism, and religious tolerance have organized an alliance comprised of figures that wield significant influence within the media, the commanding ranks of the Pentagon, and all three branches of the American government. In a bizarre homage to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), they’ve called themselves the "Restore Military Religious Freedom" Coalition, or “RMRF.”

In the words of MRFF Thomas Jefferson Award recipient, Pulitzer Prize winner, and close friend Chris Hedges:

Their ideology... calls for the eradication of social "deviants," beginning with gay men and lesbians, whose sexual orientation, those in the movement say, is a curse and an illness, contaminating the American family and the country.
...Believers, especially now, are called to a perpetual state of war with the "secular humanist" state. The march, they believe, is irreversible. Global war, even nuclear war, is the joyful harbinger of the Second Coming. And leading the avenging armies is an angry, violent Messiah who dooms billions of apostates to death.

This alliance of fundamentalist Christian extremists and narrow-minded bigots has dubbed our civil rights organization a "Clear and Present Danger" to their twisted conception of "religious liberty," and have designated me Public Enemy #1.

Media misinformation outlets (Fox News’ Todd Starnes, Breitbart, and other members of the Dominionist press) have pulled out all the stops in their combined assault on TRUE religious liberty – freedom of, as well as from, religious faith – in the U.S. military.

We urgently need the help of supporters like you to halt this onslaught of fervent Christian extremist sedition.

We at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation have been almost alone in the defense of our brave servicemen and servicewomen who have borne the brunt of the unholy predations of this “Christian Taliban.”

Indeed, our client base of over 35,000 aggrieved sailors, soldiers, marines, airmen, cadets, midshipmen, veterans, and civilian defense personnel can attest to the valuable services MRFF has selflessly offered. Every last penny donated to our organization has been used as a weapon to fight back against the encroaching "Christian Jihadists" who've infected our armed forces.

While our fearlessly aggressive defense of the U.S. Constitution has earned us vociferous opposition, we’ve also earned some hard-won, invaluable allies along the way:

  • The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy (President of Interfaith Alliance), the CA Council of Churches IMPACT (an organization comprised of 5,500 Protestant congregations with over 1.5 million members from mainstream Protestant denominations), Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Columbus Jewish Foundation, among numerous others, have all expressed their unshakeable solidarity with our foundation’s cause.
  • Throughout 2013, some very notable and capable voices joined our foundation Board and Advisory Board. These patriotic and passionate figures include former Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, the highly-decorated retired U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) and Reverend Dr. Jonathan J. Etterbeek, and Major William E. Barker, USMC (ret.) , a local hero here in Albuquerque.

MRFF has had a tremendous history of success combating the tremendously well-financed Dominionist organizations seeking to turn the U.S. Military into a missionary force. For this precise reason, you can rest assured that your generous donation to MRFF would represent a dollar for dollar monetary impact on this Civil Rights/National Security issue that is second to none.

From social media to the conventional press, our advocacy has rattled our foes and given hope to our supporters. From the halls of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to the Pentagon, our ceaseless activism has delivered concrete results in respect to protecting the rights of our servicemembers, as well as all Americans. With your help, MRFF can remain a perennial thorn in the side of the fundamentalist Christian extremist lobby.

Please make your year-end, completely tax-deductible donation today - our matching donors will double the impact of each dollar you generously give. Your assistance is urgently needed to ensure that the crumbling wall separating church and state in the U.S. military doesn’t come crashing down on our heads.

Your Eternal Ally,

 

Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein
Founder & President
Military Religious Freedom Foundation

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Federal Employees can now contribute to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)!

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