religious freedom

Dear Mikey,

You are a disgrace to Jews the world over. evangelical /prostelyzing Has been around for ever. YOU just learn to ignore it

(name withheld)


The following is a response from MRFF Advisory Board Member,
former U.S. Marine,
& M*A*S*H* television star Mike Farrell

Dear (withheld),

If you are choosing to speak for “Jews the world over,” should one assume you do so as a Jew?  If not, your words are less than valueless as they bespeak the kind of anti-Semitism most rational people dismiss as despicable and I join them.  If, on the other hand, you speak as a Jew, I have to say I’m astonished.  “You just learn to ignore it”???  Did your fellow Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, communists, fellow-travelers and others who were slaughtered by the Nazis teach you nothing?  One does not “ignore” a threat to democracy, a threat to decency, a threat to the freedom to think and believe as one chooses, without suffering the consequences.  We at the MRFF will not ignore this threat and we are proud to be in partnership with Mr. Weinstein and his associates in doing so.

Instead of urging cowardice, you might instead consider applauding Mr. Weinstein and joining the work of the MRFF.

Mike Farrell


 The following is a response from
MRFF Director of Veterans Affairs, Akiva David Miller

Dear (withheld),

You wrote: “You are a disgrace to Jews the world over. evangelical /proselytizing has been around for ever.  YOU just learn to ignore it”

I have to admit you sound just like every Anti-Semite who has come before you. Whether it be the Klan, the Christian Inquisitors or the raging mobs whose Anti-Jewish hatred spawned countless murderous pogroms – you sound
like them all. In the 20th Century we Jews learned the hard way that it was standard procedure for our murderers to blame us Jews for their blood lust. “If you just shut up and quit fighting we’ll get this over quick and you won’t feel a thing while we’re slitting your throats.” In your mind its our  fault that you hate us. In your mind if we just shut up and went away or
converted the world would be a better place. In your mind there is nothing wrong with preying upon Jews (or really anyone else who is different, or who rejects the Fundamentalist/Dominionist Christian agenda); the real problem is those who refuse to accept bigotry and hatred lying down.

I am reminded of two of my hospitalizations at the Iowa City V.A. Medical Center when I gave the staff specific instructions (both verbal and in writing) that I did not want to be seen by one of their Christian Chaplains, and instead provided them with the name and phone number of my rabbi. In direct violation of my expressed wishes, as well as my human and
constitutional rights, the hospital staff sent into my room an Assembly of God Chaplain who stood over my bed for about twenty minutes each time (while I was sedated and wired to a heart monitor) and preached at me, telling me I needed to accept Jesus as my personal savior or I was going to hell, that Jesus was the Messiah of the Jews too, that I was very ill and
could not afford to resist the call of the Holy Spirit and deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ because I might die and then be sent to suffer for eternity in hell. In your mind, (withheld), I should just have ignored the Assembly of God Chaplain. The problem was me, not him, and certainly not the hospital staff – the violation of my rights was my problem, not theirs.

In your mind when Jewish and other non-Fundamantalist Christian service members are ordered by their superior officers to attend prayer meetings and Bible studies against their wishes it is their problem, not their superior officers’ problem. You think unconstitutional religious coercion is okay…no big deal – those who object to it are the problem. Yes, this sounds all too familiar. The Anti-Semitic murderers throughout history also blamed us Jews for forcing them to attack us with their long knives and evil intent.

Sir, your imbecilic opinion is nothing new to us Jews, and nothing new to those of many different faiths and belief systems that run counter to the Fundamentalist/Dominionist Christian world view. We are always blamed for the oppression, hatred and libels heaped upon us. What is new isn’t your ignorance, what’s new is people finally fighting back. After the Holocaust countless Jews and others saw just where all of the hatred of people like you, (withheld), eventually leads and we decided that we would never again be lead to the gas chambers peacefully. When ignorant, bigoted people like you
come for us now, we will fight back. We will not take oppression lying down. Not only that, but when we see others being oppressed and their rights violated, we will stand up and fight for them too. The days when bigoted bullies could count on the silence of the oppressed are over. If you’re so fall-down stupid that you think it’s okay in today’s world and in this Constitutional Republic to use one’s office, either political or military, to force one’s inane Fundamentalist/Dominionist Christian views on other people, that’s your problem.

Religious thugs in the U.S. Military will no longer be tolerated, and if you don’t like that YOU can sit down and shut the hell up. As a Jew who happens to care not only for my fellow Jews, but those who, like me, have been and continue to be oppressed by religious thugs like you, I will not be quiet. Mark my words, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (and that includes me) are coming for all the religious thugs in military and the Department of Veterans Affairs. And if you, (withheld), happen to be on of those thugs, you best sleep with your eyes open, because we’re coming. The days of your thuggery are coming to an end, and we’re using the U.S. Constitution and the law to kick your ass from here to the next millennium; get used to it.

Affectionately,

Akiva David Miller
Director of Veterans Affairs
Military Religious Freedom Foundation


Mr. Weinstein very graciously put up with my evangelizing all through high school. …BUT I WAS NOT HIS COMMANDING OFFICER! He could’ve chosen to ignore me, but, instead, he chose to help me pass chemistry class. Does that sound like someone who is anti-Christian

(name withheld)
daughter of a wonderful retired chaplain & friend of Mike’s for over 40 years


Dearest (name withheld),

You wrote: “You are a disgrace to Jews the world over. evangelical /prostelyzing Has been around for ever. YOU just learn to ignore it”

I have to admit you sound just like every Anti-Semite who has come before you. Whether it be the Klan, the Christian Inquisitors or the raging mobs whose Anti-Jewish hatred spawned countless murderous pogroms – you sound like them all. In the 20th Century we Jews learned the hard way that it was standard procedure for our murderers to blame us Jews for their blood lust. “If you just shut up and quit fighting we’ll get this over quick and you won’t feel a thing while we’re slitting your throats.” In your mind its our fault that you hate us. In your mind if we just shut up and went away or converted the world would be a better place. In your mind there is nothing wrong with preying upon Jews (or really anyone else who is different, or who rejects the Fundamentalist/Dominionist Christian agenda); the real problem is those who refuse to accept bigotry and hatred lying down.

I am reminded of two of my hospitalizations at the Iowa City V.A. Medical Center when I gave the staff specific instructions (both verbal and in writing) that I did not want to be seen by one of their Christian Chaplains, and instead provided them with the name and phone number of my rabbi. In direct violation of my expressed wishes, as well as my human and constitutional rights, the hospital staff sent into my room an Assembly of God Chaplain who stood over my bed for about twenty minutes each time (while I was sedated and wired to a heart monitor) and preached at me, telling me I needed to accept Jesus as my personal savior or I was going to hell, that Jesus was the Messiah of the Jews too, that I was very ill and could not afford to resist the call of the Holy Spirit and deny the Lordship of Jesus Christ because I might die and then be sent to suffer for eternity in hell. In your mind, Henri, I should just have ignored the Assembly of God Chaplain. The problem was me, not him, and certainly not the hospital staff – the violation of my rights was my problem, not theirs.

In your mind when Jewish and other non-Fundamantalist Christian service members are ordered by their superior officers to attend prayer meetings and Bible studies against their wishes it is their problem, not their superior officers’ problem. You think unconstitutional religious coercion is okay…no big deal – those who object to it are the problem. Yes, this sounds all too familiar. The Anti-Semitic murderers throughout history also blamed us Jews for forcing them to attack us with their long knives and evil intent.

Sir, your imbecilic opinion is nothing new to us Jews, and nothing new to those of many different faiths and belief systems that run counter to the Fundamentalist/Dominionist Christian world view. We are always blamed for the oppression, hatred and libels heaped upon us. What is new isn’t your ignorance, what’s new is people finally fighting back. After the Holocaust countless Jews and others saw just where all of the hatred of people like you, Henri, eventually leads and we decided that we would never again be lead to the gas chambers peacefully. When ignorant, bigoted people like you come for us now, we will fight back. We will not take oppression lying down. Not only that, but when we see others being oppressed and their rights violated, we will stand up and fight for them too. The days when bigoted bullies could count on the silence of the oppressed are over. If you’re so fall-down stupid that you think it’s okay in today’s world and in this Constitutional Republic to use one’s office, either political or military, to force one’s inane Fundamentalist/Dominionist Christian views on other people, that’s your problem.

Religious thugs in the U.S. Military will no longer be tolerated, and if you don’t like that YOU can sit down and shut the hell up. As a Jew who happens to care not only for my fellow Jews, but those who, like me, have been and continue to be oppressed by religious thugs like you, I will not be quiet. Mark my words, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (and that includes me) are coming for all the religious thugs in military and the Department of Veterans Affairs. And if you, Henri, happen to be on of those thugs, you best sleep with your eyes open, because we’re coming. The days of your thuggery are coming to an end, and we’re using the U.S. Constitution and the law to kick your ass from here to the next millennium; get used to it.

Affectionately,

Akiva David Miller
Director of Veterans Affairs
Military Religious Freedom Foundation


(name withheld),

In what respect are you observant – you observe yourself hating your fellow Jews? I am a yeshiva trained Orthodox Jew and I have no respect for those who believe Jews should just shut up and sit down. There is no Anti-Semite like a Jewish Anti-Semite. If indeed you are a Jew, you’re a disgrace as a Jew. Those Jews who instruct their fellow Jews to remain quiet while being oppressed deserve to be ridiculed for being the fools they are. No G-d fearing Jew would ever propose that their fellow Jews remain silent while being oppressed. You claim to be observant; but your comments expose that statement to be a lie. And by the way, I am a 100% disabled veteran (all service-connected disability) who gave my body to the service of these United States and I am an actual Orthodox Jew. You, on the other hand, are a disgrace and deserving of nothing more than my utter contempt.

Akiva David Miller
Director of Veterans Affairs
Military Religious Freedom Foundation


Dear David,

You seem to have an affinity for a hominem attacks against those who disagree with your ideology. You don’g know shit about me. I speak out when I have too against those who attempt go impose their religious beliefs on me. No one, including you, will tell me my duty a a Jew what or when I can speak. U like you, I just tell people to fuck off or laugh in their face. Those who know me know better than to try an convert me and those who don’t soon learn.
So shut up an look inward
(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

Thank you for telling me to shut up….of course this is just an extension of your previous note that suggested Jews should just keep quiet in the face of religious coercion and oppression. I am glad to hear you speak up for yourself; however, I find it strange that you should suggest that others refrain from doing the same. Your arguments are without logic and your repeatedly ridiculous attempts at self righteous indignation make obvious your intellectual vacuity. You brag about your religious observance as though you were more religious than me, but surprise….you’re dealing with a frum Jew. You brag about your military service and disability, but surprise….you are addressing a 100% service-connected disabled veteran who served with distinction. You would tell both Mikey Weinstein and me that our duty as Jews is to sit down and shut up, but when confronted you complain that we can’t tell you what your duty is as a Jew. Your arguments altogether lack merit, as do your inane protestations. And your profanity exposes the truth about your alleged religious observance. You’re right that I don’t know you, nor do I care to; however, you have thoroughly exposed your own ignorance and intolerance with your repeated and absurd complaints. If you cared at all for justice, as any G-d fearing Jew would, you would have already joined the cause of defending your fellow Jews who are openly oppressed within the U.S. Military today by Fundamentalist/Dominionist Christians who seek to inflict their religious beliefs on those under their command. If you were in fact an “observant” Jew as you previously claimed you would have taken seriously the words of our prophets who demanded justice for the oppressed. Instead you attack those who sacrifice much to seek justice for the oppressed and expose your own moral depravity. I may not know you, but I know what you are – an enemy of the oppressed, an apologist for the oppressor and an enemy of your own people….and that makes you my enemy. You can continue to shout into the wind all you want, but those of us who believe in justice, in what is true and right, in equal rights and freedom from tyranny, and in the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law….we will continue to expend all our energies, to fight to defend those who are least able to defend themselves; and we will loudly and proudly oppose all those who like you would defend the oppressors of your own people. In my work with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation I have encountered many like you who claim to have served and yet ignore your oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States – people without principle and without honor. You deserve neither my respect nor the gratitude of a nation both littered with cowards and desperate for honorable men. You deserve only contempt, and that is all you will get from me.

Akiva David Miller
Director of Veterans Affairs
Military Religious Freedom Foundation

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