HUFFINGTON POST – The “Psychological Projection” of the ACLJ

by Chris Rodda, MRFF Senior Research Director

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • Well, it seems that David French over at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has his panties in a wad over the issue of the Camp Pendleton cross. In an article yesterday on the ACLJ website, specifically going after Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), French puts the ‘poor bullied Christians’ spin on the Pendleton cross controversy.
  • French’s article begins with an attack on MRFF: “The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is perhaps the most deceptively-named organization in the United States. Its tone is hysterical (it actually calls those who complain about religious influence ’spiritual rape victims/tormentees’) and its methods Orwellian. …”
  • I don’t think I could possibly respond to those statements any better than one of the other people at MRFF did in an email after seeing French’s article: ”This drivel can be summed up by a very simple and clear concept: PSYCHOLOGICAL PROJECTION (…a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people.) Anyone squealing about deception, Orwellian methods, demagoguery, or bullying on the ACLJ site (an acronym designed with the intent of obfuscation) is not only projecting, they’re an unmitigated gutless hypocrite to boot.”
  • Of course, the ACLJ continually paints MRFF as an atheist and anti-Christian organization, despite the fact that 96% of MRFF’s clients are actually Christians…
  • But it became quite clear on the ACLJ’s November 8 radio show just what Sekulow means by anti-Christian; he means anti-what the ACLJ considers to be the “right kind” of Christians. In a very telling moment during that radio show, Sekulow said of Weinstein: “This is a guy who goes after anyone who is an evangelical. He’s fine with, you know, the mainliners, the denom… — but it’s the evangelical Christianity — the dominionists that he thinks are trying to take over the U.S. military.” That’s right, Sekulow came right out and confirmed what MRFF has been saying for years — that the reason the overwhelming majority of MRFF’s clients are Christians, both mainline Protestants and Catholics, is that they are not the “right kind” of Christians for their dominionist and fundamentalist military superiors.

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