USAFA Uproar

Bekki,

I am sure that Mr. Weinstein does not want to be contacted by the public directly especially concerning anything as controversial as the removal of scripture from a cadet officers white board. If, he were not afraid to be contacted his email would be available and people would not need to go through an assistant to send their thoughts directly to him. We cry out about Christians being homophobes, and radicals, and fundamentalists, yet, what a day we have come to in our great country when people (like Mr. Weinstein and our military and government leaders) have become Christianphobes. It is okay for everyone of other faiths to demonstrate their beliefs. It is okay for homosexuals to live together, it is okay for the government to redefine marriage, but it is wrong for a Christian to express their belief publicly. Please notice, I said publicly, not behind a cadets door inside his or her room but publicly. Why is there such a Christianphobic nature in America today? Because we still stand for truth, we still stand for morality, we still stand for Godliness, none of these things we no longer find in our government institutions. Why? Because, people still know the truth. People still know right from wrong. I was speaking to a gentleman the other day that said he was living in SIN with his girlfriend (his words, not mine). He knew it was the wrong thing to do, but, hey, we live in America where we cast off restraints of moral behavior and live for ourselves and our own pleasures. Christians remind us of a perfect, loving, heavenly God that created us, whom gave his son’s life for us, and has made it possible for us to have a renewed relationship with Him in heaven for all eternity. This is called the “Good News,” the “Gospel Message.” Why do we choose to suppress it and destine others for eternal death and hell. Jesus himself said, “I have come to give life and to give it more abundantly!”

I am thankful I am a Christian. I am not ashamed of it. I am proud of the cadet officer for trying to express his beliefs and I am ashamed of a government that has turned its back on God and Godliness and is so bent on destroying the moral and Biblical fabric of our nation.

If Mr. Weinstein would like to reply that would be great. I would assume however that will not happen.

Have a good day.

(name withheld)
Pastor


Dear (name withheld),

Mikey has read your email and asked me to respond
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His email is listed under the contact page as [email protected] The majority of the people who want to contact Mikey understand that because his name isn’t listed anywhere else, that it belongs to him. We get very few emails that try to go through other members of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).

You are correct that you will not hear directly from him. On a good day he gets about 30 emails but during times of perceived religious persecution of Christians, it goes up exponentially and there is no way that he can personally respond in a timely matter to all of them.

When I have a complaint with my Time Warner service I don’t expect to talk to the President of the company.

Mikey is the face, founder and President of the MRRF and it is laid out just like other organizations with a Board, Advisory Board and volunteers. Plus, there are numerous supporters. There are well over 100 people he oversees.

Let me clear up some misconceptions about the MRFF; We Christians make up 75% of the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters and our over 36,000+ soldier-clients (1 can represent 50 and 1 does represent 100) of which 96% of them are Christians – Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Evangelical, etc. We fight for the rights of Christians more than anybody else.

Christians listed above are under extreme emotional distress and persecution by an extreme fringe of Christianity better as known Dominionists. Though this sect only makes up about 10% of the Air Force Academy, they are the most vocal and allowed to run roughshod over the other 90%. They crave media attention in the hopes of drawing in those mainline Christians – which THEY persecute – outside of the academy to come to their defense and it’s working very well.

This is what the military thinks of the faith of those Christian denominations listed above:

US Army chaplain MAJ James Linzey, who, in a 1999 video, described mainstream Protestant churches as “demonic, dastardly creatures from the pit of hell “that should be “stomped out.”

This is the thinking in our military all the way up the chain of command towards mainline Christians; they should be stomped out.

This is what we fight against in trying to protect the religious freedom of those mainline Christians but you won’t hear that. It wouldn’t make you angry enough to rise up against us.

As a Christian how would you like to be told-
you’re not “the right kind” of Christian or not “Christian enough.”
that you are going to hell because you do not believe in the Christian sect they do.
given poor performance ratings because you won’t accept their sect.
denied advancements because you are of a different sect.
verbally abused with in-your-face religious proselytizing against your own religion.
driven out of the military on trumped up charges.
put on “point” on every mission

And, there is more…so much more.

This is the hostile environment the mainline Christians deal with on a daily basis. Their Constitutional rights of religious freedom are being trampled on without any help from those in the chain of command.
The Air Force has strict rules on religious neutrality. This is binding on everyone at the academy.

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE
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.

The Cadets just went through training on religious neutrality but this one Cadet decided to ignore it. Twenty nine Cadets and four staff at the academy recognized the blatant disregard (insubordination) of AFI 1-1 and came to us for help because the academy failed them.

When one joins the military, he/she gives up some rights in order to have cohesion and good order in the unit. They are not allowed to speak back to their superior or disparage the President. They are not to speak about politics or religion in public while in uniform. They are to obey every rule and command even if they disagree with it.

I, too, am a Christian but I take seriously the Word of God where we are to obey our “governing authorities.” I adhere to the Constitution, the Supreme Court rulings and military law.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment (Establishment Clause) of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise (Free Exercise Clause) thereof . . . “(1st Amendment)
The Establishment Clause comes before the Free Exercise Clause for a reason; the Free Exercise Clause is subservient to the Establishment Clause – not the other way around as some Christians would like it to be.

The Supreme Court heard the Lemon v. Kurtzman case in 1971 and ruled in favor of the Establishment Clause.

Subsequent to this decision, the Supreme Court has applied a three-pronged test to determine whether government action comports with the Establishment Clause, known as the “Lemon Test”

Lemon Test:

1. Any law or policy must have been adopted with a neutral or non-religious purpose.
2. The principle or primary effect of any law or policy must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion.
3. The statute or policy must not result in an “excessive entanglement” of government with religion.

If any government entity’s actions fit into one of these three, then it is a violation of the Establishment Clause.

Treaty of Tripoli:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” James Madison

“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.” Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

“God has appointed two kinds of government in the world, which are distinct in their nature, and ought never to be confounded together; one of which is called civil, the other ecclesiastical government.”
Isaac Backus, An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty, 1773

“More than once it has been said, too, that the Salem witchcraft was the rock on which the theocracy shattered.” George Lincoln Burr (January 30, 1857 – 1938) Professor of History and Librarian at Cornell University

Though Christianity is the major religion in America it doesn’t make us a Biblical nation.

If the MRFF was out to erase all Christianity from the military, the 75% of us Christians would resign en masse.

The only thing a cadet cannot do according to his faith is promote/show his faith in a common/secular area.

I hope this clears up any misconceptions about what we do.

Have a good day, too.

Pastor Joan
MRFF Advisory Board Member

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1 Comment

  1. Constitution Defender

    “Pastor” Joan,

    You stated:

    “….If the MRFF was out to erase all Christianity from the military, the 75% of us Christians would resign en masse…..”

    I’ve got news, Christians are already getting out en masse, which is the goal of the MRFF and this current anti-Christian administration. To deny this phenomenon requires the suspension of reality.

    The following quote is where you go wrong: “…..The only thing a cadet cannot do according to his faith is promote/show his faith in a common/secular area.”

    The free expression of personal faith is protected by the Constitution, and restricting this practice is in direct violation of Constitutional Law.

    Plus, the Cadet did not direct his personal faith or beliefs at another person, he simply posted a quote, which anybody is free to do, Christian or non-Christian. The content of the Bible scipture did not attack anyone else for their beliefs. This is pure persecution, and is illegal.

    It is humorous that your staff repeatedly brings up the Treaty of Tripoli, which has no legal bearing in this case at the AF Academy. It is a religious freedom issue. Congress has not passed any laws enacting a state religion, so no need to worry.

    The fact that you defend such practices is shameful and puts into question your status as “pastor.”

    The military is deeply confused. It complains about the growing epidemic of sexual assaults and ethics violations, while at the same time, oppresses active duty Christian service members. This misguided policy is either gravely ignorant, or there is another motive…

    Mikey Weinstein is incapable of responding or debating, which is why he hides behind his aids and staff members who deflect for him.

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