Dear (name withheld) (if I have the name wrong, my apologies — I’m trying to deduce your name from your email since you didn’t sign your brief missive) —
Thanks for writing to the MRFF, as it gives me an opportunity to disavow you of some serious misconceptions. As for who I am — I’m a lifelong, committed, and active Christian; a USAF Academy graduate (’85); and a staunch MRFF supporter.
First misconception – “AF Academy ashamed of Mikie Wienstein” (sic)
I think your contention is that the USAFA community is ‘ashamed’ of the efforts of Mikey and the MRFF? That would be a tremendous overstatement. To be sure, there are some members of the community, both stationed at USAFA and among its graduates, who oppose our efforts. That is what makes American great, that we can agree or disagree with one another openly.
But I would contend, based on what I hear from many of my fellow graduates and from individuals I know who are currently stationed at USAF, that a MUCH larger percentage of the USAFA community supports our efforts. That is because the majority of people understand that protecting the rights of everyone is not a ‘win-lose’ proposition. In other words, respecting the rights of a non-Christian, or a non-believer, does not take any rights away from a Christian.
Second misconception – that Jesus Christ is the “Lord and Savior” of the USAFA football team
The USAFA football team is a military organization, and like every other organization in the US military, it has no ‘savior’. Individual members have their own beliefs, and each of them is fully entitled to those beliefs (including non-belief). The problem comes when the organization begins to take on the hue of a particular sectarian religious belief. Doing so violates both relevant USAF regulations and the US Constitution. That is what happens when team members, in uniform and on duty, conduct a public spectacle that promotes a specific sectarian religious belief.
Third misconception – “America is a Christian nation duh!”
While that is a common refrain offered by some Christians, it is not even close to true. America is a pluralistic nation, comprised of a diverse group of citizens who represent every manner of belief and non-belief. Our Constitution was written expressly to recognize, respect, and accommodate that diversity. Every citizen has the same rights and freedoms under the Constitution, a document which was expertly crafted so that it favors no particular religious belief, including Christianity.
Fourth misconception – Mikey Weinstein is “the devil in the flesh”, “Mr. jewish” (whatever that means), and an “evil demon”
I gather from your overall commentary that you are a Christian. As such, and as a Christian myself, I struggle with the notion that name calling does anything to give glory to God. But in any case, I know Mikey very well — he can be strident, unyielding, and undiplomatic… and he is also a man of great honor, character, and integrity. Yet while I don’t think he has ever won the title of “Mr. Jewish”, he is in fact Jewish — and in my view, anyone who would attempt to use that as an insulting epithet is a bigot of the worst kind.
Anyway, thanks again for writing. If nothing else, you’ve reminded me why it’s important that I continue to support the efforts of the MRFF.
Christian, USAF veteran, MRFF supporter
Oh, poor (name withheld) (if I’ve guessed your name correctly)
I’m sorry you have so little understanding of the situation, but that happens often
when people are frightened. What troubles me more is that you have so little
understanding of Christianity.
Jesus weeps when people who claim to believe in him betray themselves as
anti-Semitic. Jesus himself was a Jew, but you may not have known that. But
he also weeps at ignorance, at impiety and a lot of other things you exhibit.
Do learn decency, it will be more becoming on you.
(MRFF Board of Advisors)