RELIGION DISPATCHES (Featured MRFF Profile) – Not God’s Army: The Front Lines of the Fight Against Proselytizing in the U.S. Military

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  • Weinstein, whose work with the MRFF was nominated this year for the Nobel Peace Prize, has been fighting for religious freedom within the military since 2005, when his son Curtis, an Air Force Academy cadet, confided to his father that he’d been struggling. […] Weinstein knew the anguish of his son firsthand, having been threatened and harassed himself over his religion back in 1973 while he himself was a cadet at the Academy.
  • He founded the MRFF to defend the religious liberty of every service member, fighting not only against anti-Semitism, but to protect who have felt pressured to accept a radical form of Christianity—and to find justice for those who have been assaulted or marginalized within the ranks for resisting the proselytizing.
  • Frederick Douglass once said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” We at MRFF are the demanders of the commanders. We are the voice of the members of the military who are not allowed to speak
  • We’ve had people beaten, denigrated, families and careers ruined. Our clients are being told they are not Christian enough. It’s a porridge of horrors. When you’re told you have the wrong religious faith—the military is very tribal and ritualistic. It’s a different environment.
  • There are over two dozen parachurch organizations that run rampant through the military. One of them is the Officer’s Christian Fellowship. It has about 15,000 officers of many ranks, some of them generals and admirals. Their purpose is to have Christian officers exercising biblical leadership to raise up a godly military. Their three goals are to spiritually transform the U.S. military with ambassadors for Christ in uniform empowered by the Holy Spirit. Their chief Bible study that they push on their helpless subordinates is “we will not allow the opposition, all of which is spearheaded by Satan, to thwart or prevent us from regaining territory for Jesus Christ and the U.S. military.”
  • Father Mulcahey from MASH is dead and buried. For most of the chaplaincy, their role in the military is a mission field where they are going out for low hanging fruit that’s fertile for conversion to their version of Christianity. The military environment, particularly at the academy, is adversarial, communal, ritualistic and very tribal. If you don’t conform to the way everybody else is, that will get you killed.

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