Statement from MRFF President and Founder Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein:
Today MRFF has paid for a public billboard in Colorado Springs containing the entirety of USAF Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz’s Sept. 1, 2011 watershed directive on the imperative of religious neutrality to all USAF members. MRFF takes this extraordinary action in direct reaction to USAF Academy Superintendent Michael Gould’s astonishing refusal to distribute Gen. Schwartz’s directive to all Academy personnel under his command. MRFF has twice demanded that Gould so distribute this directive from the Commander of the most powerful air force on planet earth.
As a result of Gould’s ludicrously transparent and revelatory refusal to distribute the USAF Chief of Staff’s religious neutrality directive to all Academy personnel, staff, cadets and government contractors, MRFF’s client load at the Academy has shamefully and precipitously skyrocketed from 297 to 341 in just the last 9 days. Since Gould will not spread this critically important message of religious neutrality generated by his boss, General Schwartz in the Pentagon, MRFF is compelled, yet once again, to do Gould’s duty for him.
With this billboard displaying Gen. Schwartz’s desperately needed demand for religious equanimity, MRFF will give voice to the voiceless who suffer from horrendous religious oppression and tyranny everyday under Gould’s control at the Constitutionally-challenged U.S. Air Force Academy. Personally, as President and Founder of MRFF, Gould’s willful, abject failure to do that which is clearly right here can perhaps best be characterized by the observation that I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit.
COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE – Miffed AFA critic puts religious respect memo on billboard
Air Force Academy critic Mikey Weinstein, miffed that a four-star’s memo on religious respect wasn’t e-mailed to cadets at the Air Force Academy, published the 200-word memo himself Tuesday on a Colorado Springs billboard.
Weinstein runs the New Mexico-based Military Religious Freedom Foundation and claims cadets are frequent victims of evangelical Christian proselytizing at the academy. He praised a memo to commanders issued Sept. 1 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, that told them to not push their religious beliefs.
He demanded that the academy give a copy of the Schwartz memo to all 4,000 cadets, along with all other airmen, civilians and contractors on the campus…