On June 13, 2013 Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) introduced an amendment to the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act. Huelskamp’s amendment, with the heading “Meetings with Respect to Religious Liberty,” was passed by a voice vote in the House. Congressman Huelskamp, in a press release on his website, made no secret that the sole purpose of his amendment was to stop one man — Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) founder and president Mikey Weinstein — from “secretly” (or at least as secretly as being reported in the Washington Post can be) meeting with military officials at the Pentagon.
After extensive analysis by MRFF’s Senior Research Director, Chris Rodda, of the reasonable application of the specific language contained in the proposed amendment, MRFF issued a press release on June 17, 2013 in full support of this proposed amendment. MRFF’s support of this proposed amendment is based on a long standing desire to expose the countless meetings that have no doubt occurred, and continue to occur, between military officials and civilians from the various fundamentalist Christian parachurch organizations. Meetings that have led to:
-civilian fundamentalist Christian organizations and individuals that are funded by DoD contracts to bring the troops to Jesus,
-the civilian fundamentalist Christian youth ministries that are granted permission to operate on military installations for the purpose of stalking and converting the children of “unchurched” military personnel, and
-the civilians involved in the implementation of the military-wide glut of “spiritual fitness” tests and programs.
Congressman Huelskamp’s amendment will, unintended or not, provide MRFF with the avenue to uncover the specific actions taken in developing and implementing these, and many more, un-constitutional religious programs within the U.S. Military.