Air Force Academy,

Mikey Weinstein:

I am sorry you are so convicted about the use of “God” in the Air Force Academy Oath. I pray God does not hold the same conviction toward you when it comes time for you to
stand before Him in judgment. Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.” Mikey, you will die, and you will stand before your creator
whether you want to or not. It may well be that He will say, “I never knew you, depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” It is not God’s desire
that he sentence you so, but it appears you are well on your way to hear those damning words. There is still time to repent and trust Jesus as your Saviour, but your time may be
shorter than you think.

(name withheld)

Dear (name withheld),

Mikey has read your email and asked me to respond.

Mikey – who is Jewish – is the face, founder and President of MRFF but 75% of those on the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters are mainline Christians. 96% of the almost 35,000 clients (1 soldier can represent 50 other soldiers) are Christian. Some of the complainants are Christian Chaplains.

I am on the Advisory Board and an ordained minister.

MRFF does not act on its own but at the request of soldiers’ complaints of the blatant disregard and trampling of the Constitution and the Military Code of Justice; blurring the lines between the separation of church and state. Every complaint is vetted by Mikey who was a JAG lawyer at the Air Force Academy for 10 years; worked in the West Wing under Ronald Reagan; and held positions in private practice. If you have a problem with what MRFF does I suggest you contact each of the soldiers and tell them how you feel about it.

Having the phrase “so help me God” removed is because it’s against the Constitution and military law.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . “(1st Amendment)

The Air Force has strict laws on religion.

Air Force Instruction 1-1
7 August 2012

2.11. Government Neutrality Regarding Religion. Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. For example, they must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion. Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectivity. The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order, and discipline. Airmen, especially commanders and supervisors, must ensure that in exercising their right of religious free expression, they do not degrade morale, good order, and discipline in the Air Force or degrade the trust and confidence that the public has in the United States Air Force.

Though the wording on the banner has been there, it is against the Constitution and Military Law. No Cadets challenged it until recently. If it were legal, why did they take it down within 68 minutes?

With your words you condemned not only Mikey, but the Christians that make up 75% of MRFF. I, for one, am highly offended by this coming from another Christian.

It is you who needs to repent of your self-righteous, judgmental attitude before it is too late.

Pastor Joan

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  1. John Harvey

    I am offended by the suggestion that Hebrews 9:27 applies to everyone. I am not Jewish, I am Unitarian Universalist. UU’s believe God does not consign some to glory and some to eternal punishment. I am someone who spent 4 years in seminary so I know something about religion. I also have 16 years Army experience, including service in Korea and Vietnam.

    I have read what the Founders wrote on the topic of religion. Most of them were deists. Most of them, except Patrick Henry, were afraid of the dangers of religious division. They remembered the experience in Europe of having one group after another burned at the stake when the king changed.

    I will let you worship whatever or whoever you want. All I ask is for you to leave me alone to worship as I see fit.

  2. I am a four-year veteran of the Air Force (1980-1984), a secular humanist, and a strong supporter of MRFF. What disturbs and fascinates me most is the anti-Jewish bigotry directed against Mikey, even from other self-professed Jews. I would like to know why so many self-righteous people are focusing on Mikey’s Jewishness.

  3. John Trester

    Good Morning Mikey-

    You and your group are doing a truly wonderful job. Thank You all. I wish you have been at this point in the 60’s and 70’s when I was active, but this is still wonderful.

    Please keep up the good work, and don’t let the bastards get you down.

    John Trester
    Green Bay, WI

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