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"...the U.S. Army unequivocally cannot require a
religious test for any ROTC assignment, regardless
of the religious preference of the college at which
that ROTC assignment exists."

MRFF Demands End to Blatant Unconstitutional Regime at Wheaton College ROTC

An Open Letter from
MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein to
Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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John M. McHugh
Secretary of the Army
101 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0101

Dear Secretary McHugh,

It has been brought to the attention of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) that, in a blatant violation of the Constitution's No Religious Test Clause, a religious test is being required by the U.S. Army for the assignment of Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS) of the ROTC program at Wheaton College.

Among the available assignments for Captains on a current list sent to MRFF by a very shocked and appalled active duty Army officer, there are four ROTC Assistant Professor assignments. In parentheses next to one of the four, the one for Wheaton College, is the requirement "MUST BE OF CHRISTIAN FAITH."

While Wheaton is a private Christian college, and can impose a religious test on its own faculty members, it cannot impose that same religious test on the faculty members provided by the U.S. Army for its ROTC program, and the U.S. Army unequivocally cannot require a religious test for any ROTC assignment, regardless of the religious preference of the college at which that ROTC assignment exists.

In addition to the incontrovertible violation of the Constitution's No Religious Test Clause (i.e. the special treatment given to Wheaton College by the U.S. Army, which allows Wheaton to “custom order” ROTC faculty members through their religious beliefs), it is abundantly clear that Wheaton's ROTC program thoroughly (thoroughly unconstitutionally) integrates religious education and evangelism into its ROTC military training (see attached article, which can be found at

Therefore, MRFF demands that the United States Army immediately eliminate the Constitutionally noxious “MUST BE OF CHRISTIAN FAITH” job requirement for the APMS slot at Wheaton College. Further, MRFF demands that the Army also expeditiously launches an aggressive and comprehensive investigation into all aspects of the Army’s ROTC program at Wheaton, focusing on what are clearly a plethora of stunningly blatant Constitutional violations of the No Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, in addition to violations of the No Religious Test prohibitions of Clause 3, Article VI, as well as violations of DoD and Army directives, instructions, and regulations. 

Given the magnitude of these breaches at Wheaton, any and all Army personnel found to be either directly or indirectly complicit in these egregious violations of Constitutional and regulatory law must be swiftly, visibly, and meaningfully punished.

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Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Esq.
Founder and President
Military Religious Freedom Foundation

The Honorable Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense
General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army


ROTC Military Science Professor
(No Non-Christians Need Apply)

"For Christ and His Kingdom."
That's not just the motto of Wheaton College itself, but also the motto of its Rolling Thunder ROTC battalion.

By Chris Rodda, MRFF Senior Research Director

Monday, October 27, 2014

"There's Army ROTC. Then There's Wheaton Army ROTC." That's the slogan used by Wheaton College, a well-known Christian college in Illinois, to promote its Army ROTC program. It turns out that the slogan couldn't be more true. Wheaton Army ROTC certainly is different -- in an egregiously unconstitutional way. As Army lieutenant and Wheaton graduate James Greene comes right out and says in a recruiting video shown at the school's freshman orientation: "Wheaton College ROTC is unique in that it is the only Christian run ROTC program in the entire nation."

Before getting into just how blatantly Christian and incredibly unconstitutional this "Christian run ROTC program" is, I need to back up for a minute and explain why I was looking at Wheaton's ROTC program in the first place.

Last week, a very shocked U.S. Army officer contacted the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). This officer had been looking at a list of assignments currently available for Army captains. The assignments on this list, referred to as "broadening assignments," are assignments available to captains who have completed their required career course and subsequent stint as a company commander. Lists of available assignments are issued quarterly for captains nearing this stage of their career, with instructions for captains who are interested in any of the assignments on the list to contact their Assignment Officer.

Among the various "broadening assignments" for Army captains is the position of Assistant Professor of Military Science at an ROTC college or university. Of the thirty-one available assignments on the current list sent to MRFF by the shocked Army officer, four are Assistant Professor of Military Science assignments as at various ROTC schools. One of the four leapt off the page. Why? Because in parentheses next to it was a special requirement:


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“To The Far Right Christian Hater...
You Can be a Good Speller or a Hater,
But You Can’t Be Both”

by Bonnie Weinstein

TO THE FAR RIGHT CHRISTIAN HATER... You Can be a Good Speller or a Hater,
But You Can't Be Both
(Vireo, 2014)

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A shocking anthology of correspondence revealing the hatred emanating from those who desire a fundamentalist Christian takeover of the United States Military. Featuring original artwork and previously-unreleased material from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), the renowned organization defending the U.S. Armed Forces from the powerful religious extremist forces who wish to destroy the Constitutionally-mandated separation of church and state.

The author, Bonnie Weinstein is presently giving interviews about the release of this book. To schedule an interview, please contact Bekki Miller at (337)356-8696

Bonnie Weinstein is the co-founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an organization dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled. She lives in New Mexico.

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