MRFF Demand Letter to Fort Rucker in regards to “Crusaders” (E Co., 1-212th AVN)


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(Letter sent on Monday, November 23, 2015)

Major General Michael D. Lundy                           

Commanding General

U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence

Fort Rucker, Al 36362 

 

Major General Michael D. Lundy,

On behalf of a number of its active duty U.S. Army military member clients, civilian, Army/DoD contractor and veteran clients at Fort Rucker, Alabama, most of whom are Christians but some of whom are practitioners of the Muslim faith as well as other faiths and no faith, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) (http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/) hereby officially demands that you immediately cease and desist from using both the blatantly unconstitutional Christian Crusader imagery and the actual name of “The Crusaders”, to represent the Echo Company (E Co.) of the 1st Battalion, 212th Aviation Regiment (1-212th AVN).

This shocking utilization by your command of this weaponized imagery representation of historic Christian sectarian warfare and brutality is just PLAIN WRONG both as a matter of law and as a practical matter. Further, MRFF has been advised that it is likely that this very same military unit, “The Crusaders”, under your command has in the past, currently does and will continue to train foreign allied military personnel from a number of other nations, including among them possibly predominantly Muslim countries. Using the name “Crusaders” for the E Co. of the 1-212th AVN with the imagery described in this demand letter (see attachments above) only exacerbates the outrage of this sordid matter.

Sir, did you not hear about almost an identical situation (http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/11/17/crusader-knight-sign-taken-down-at-hawaii-army-base.html), merely one week ago at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, being corrected in only 8 hours after MRFF’s demand by one of your fellow Army Generals, Major General Edward Dorman, Commander of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command?

Major General Lundy, as a matter of law, this current outrage from the 1-212th AVN directly violates, inter alia, the No Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It also establishes a de facto “religious test” which is, likewise, violative of the “No Religious Test” mandate of Clause 3, Article VI of our Constitution.

As a practical matter, General Lundy, the thoughtless and careless usage of this noxious Crusader imagery does three incredibly horrible things, which are massively deleterious to America’s War on Terror. Indeed, all three of these enormous detriments ought to have been intuitively obvious to you, sir, and/or your Command Staff.

1) Your use of the Crusader imagery enrages our Islamic allies.

2) Your use of the Crusader imagery emboldens our Islamic enemies and provides a propaganda bonanza bounty of boundless proportions.

3) Your use of the Crusader imagery eviscerates our own U.S. military troops’ good order, morale, discipline, unit cohesion, military readiness, mission accomplishment, heath and safety.

I should not have to further explain or detail the terrible wrongfulness of the 1-212th AVN’s actions here, sir. That unit’s astonishing official logo, with an actual Army helicopter superimposed over the red Christian Crusader cross, speaks for itself. This disgrace is now YOUR responsibility. Almost 6 years ago to this day, the following article was published which may assist you in putting into an even better context and perspective how universally dangerous and hurtful your Command’s usage of that Crusader name and imagery is: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-rodda/top-ten-ways-to-convince_b_291308.html

Major General Lundy, please confirm with MRFF immediately that you will no longer use the unconstitutional image of the Army helicopter superimposed over the large red Crusader crucifix/cross sporting the words “Crusaders” to represent the U.S. Army’s Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 212th Aviation Regiment. Please ensure that this subordinate unit of yours at the Army’s “Aviation Center Fort Rucker” no longer goes by the incredibly offensive and unconstitutional official name of “The Crusaders”. Further, please initiate an aggressive investigation and insure visible and appropriate punishment for any and all individuals (including yourself) who are either directly or indirectly responsible for this unconstitutional injustice.

Standing by,

Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Esq.

Founder and President

Military Religious Freedom Foundation

 

CC:

Ash Carter

Secretary of Defense

1000 Defense Pentagon

Washington, DC 20301-1000

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

9999 Joint Staff Pentagon 

Washington, D.C. 20318-9999

Eric Fanning

Acting Secretary of the Army

101 Army Pentagon

Washington, DC 20310-0101

 

General Mark A. Milley

Chief of Staff of the Army

1400 Defense Pentagon

Washington DC 20301-1400

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7 Comments

  1. J r

    The proper response from each person sent that letter should be FUCK OFF.

  2. Yeshua Warrior

    I wonder when Mikey will demand that West Point changes their logo and mascot, as they are known as the Black Knights, with Knights in crusader armor.

  3. Majro Fubar

    So you too have fallen for the PC crap? Shame on you…..

  4. Ed Colon

    What a disgrace. You think you are helping anyone with your petty demands? This is nothing but a distraction to the, already overloaded, war-fighters.

    “Your use of the Crusader imagery eviscerates our own U.S. military troops’ good order, morale, discipline, unit cohesion, military readiness, mission accomplishment, heath and safety.”

    This statement is total nonsense! I’m not religious at all but I never felt obligated to participate in any religious activities in the Army, nor was my morale affected by soldiers around me participating in religious activities. If anything, your PC driven letter is probably affecting their morale and mission accomplishment.

    If the name Crusaders is offensive to Muslims, so be it. I would say their horrendous executions, IEDs, and bullets, are pretty offensive to U.S. Service men and women. Are you going to demand they stop that? If you really want to help, you should mind your own business.

  5. Ronald

    This guy is king clown or the circus parade. Get a life bro, everyday our planet offers renowned beauty and you’re wasting your time on clutter like this. Smh, prayers for this country.

  6. Steve Taylor

    Wise words.
    This imagery is going to get a lot of people killed, one of the DRIVING memes of the ISIL/ Al Queda forces is that of the Crusader attacking the Muslim. Why do we insist on being so stupid ?

  7. G

    Mr. Colon:

    What about CNN and Fox News allowing politicians and religious leaders calling for the beatings and/or executions of gay people? Or stating that God is punishing the nation for it lack of morals considering the fact that many of our top politicians, business leaders, and religious leaders can’t set a proper and correct example of proper conduct when it comes to their own professional and personal affairs.

    Mickey mind his own business? What about the American politicians, religious and business leaders minding their own businesses about using the government to advance their own personal and professional agendas and quit trying to impose their own political, social, and economic ideology on the rest of the world and use their position and wealth to make the world a better place?

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