Compliment

Mr. “Mickey” Weinstein,

I hope this e-mail finds you enjoying the 4th of July and all that is has to offer. I would like to compliment you on your despicable position of it’s okay to take approximately half of any funds in salary that was donated to support your stated mission of ensuring all members of the US Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom which they are entitled to under the First Amendment. I spent 20 years, one month and 19 days in the U.S. Army and I never had one problem voicing my religious beliefs nor did I know, or hear of anyone else having a problem.

I know you are an advocate for the separation of the church and state in the military, but I am going to pray that you receive no more donations; I find your actions despicable. In my short life on this earth I have found out that I am either being hustled, or I am the hustler. It is clear what you are.

I proudly leave my name and e-mail address for any further communication

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

As a supporter of the MRFF and a member of its Board of Advisors, I am sometimes given the opportunity to respond to emails sent to Mr. Weinstein (it’s Mikey, by the way) because he is kept so busy defending members of the military whose experience you did not share and, as you put it, did not “know or hear of anyone else” having had such a problem.

It is great that your time in the military did not include such an experience. The fact that you were then and apparently are now unaware of anyone else having one suggests either that it was a different time or it was happening in a way that did not come to your attention. Unfortunately, the complaints and concerns that regularly come our way tell me that it has been happening for some time and is happening now on what I would characterize as an accelerated basis.

You suggest, unless I misread it, that the one thing you’ve “found out” in “your short life on this earth,” is “that I am either being hustled or I am the hustler.” I’ll ignore the painful cynicism in such a world view and only respectfully suggest that, given the limited choices you offer yourself, you’ve been hustled.

One example of your being hustled, or at a minimum misled, comes clear in your sarcastic attempt at a sideswipe about the salary attributed to Mr. Weinstein in an article you read. What you did not read is a letter to Mr. Weinstein from one of the sources mentioned in the article who said the author left out everything he said that offered reasons why the salary and income cited would not only not be unusual but appropriate.

Unfortunately, most of the criticism that comes our way is from people who, like yourself, pick up what is presented as “fact” and leap to outrage and judgment without bothering to dig more deeply to find out if such is truly warranted. Other sources of criticism, of course, come from those who feel they and they alone speak for God and anyone who believes in freedom of religion (including the freedom to have no religion), freedom of thought and the separation of church and state is in league with the Devil.

Those of us who support the MRFF understand the value of the work that is being done and have the highest regard for Mr. Weinstein. His tireless efforts on behalf of the woman and men in the military are gargantuan in scope and would quickly exhaust anyone of lesser character. His work has earned him your sarcasm, the scorn of some, vitriol from others, attacks, gross accusations and threats against his life and that of his family and more I need not go into here. But it is all balanced out for him by the admiration of those who know and work with him and the unswerving and undying gratitude of those whose freedom he has protected.

Best,

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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