Way to Go

You once again made yourself look like uneducated idiots. How sad anyone would even listen to anything Mikey Weinstein has to say. You bring shame to our nation and armed services.
(name withheld)

Dear (name withheld),
 
The only one that brings shame to our nation and armed services is Lt. Gen. Boykin.
 
He’s an Islamophobe, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT, Commander-in-Chief basher, hateful, Dominionist Christian and believes that our military is Christian and all of our wars are holy wars.
 
The very people he hates are some of the soldiers at Ft. Riley and for him to speak at a Christian prayer breakfast will cause division and hatred on base.
 
Our military is secular under the Establishment Clause of the Constitution and Supreme Court laws.
 
Boykin’s anti-Muslim statements go back to 2003 when, as deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, he spoke in uniform at a number of churches making statements that we were in a holy war with Islam. 
 
The most infamous of these anti-Muslim statements was when he said, referring to battling a Muslim warlord in Somalia: 
“I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.”
 
At another one of these church appearances, he compared the war on terror to a Christian war against Satan.
 
Boykin’s making these statements in uniform led to a Pentagon investigation, which found that he had violated military regulations by failing to make clear he was not speaking in an official capacity when speaking at these churches.
 
Boykin was also publicly rebuked by President Bush for his anti-Muslim statements:
 
Boykin publicly stated in 2010 that Islam “should not be protected under the First Amendment” because “those following the dictates of the Quran are under an obligation to destroy our Constitution and replace it with sharia law.”
 
Every American citizen – regardless of their faith – is protected under the First Amendment whether he like it or not.
 
In 2012, Boykin was forced to withdraw from speaking at a prayer breakfast at West Point because of his Islamophobic statements:
 
In 2014, he was caught on a hot mic accusing President Obama of using “subliminal messages” to promote the agenda of al-Qaeda.
 
He has also, on many occasions, spread conspiracy theories about President Obama, such as claiming that Obama, through health care legislation, intended to raise a force that he compared to the Nazi Brownshirts:
 
In 2014, he said while speaking at one event that Jesus would be coming back toting an AR-15:
“The Lord is a warrior and in Revelation 19 it says when he comes back, he’s coming back as what? A warrior. A might warrior leading a mighty army, riding a white horse with a blood-stained white robe … I believe that blood on that robe is the blood of his enemies ‘cause he’s coming back as a warrior carrying a sword. And I believe now – I’ve checked this out – I believe that sword he’ll be carrying when he comes back is an AR-15.”
 
He also “jokingly” blamed the Jews for all the world’s problems, saying, “The Jews are the problem. The Jews are the cause of all the problems in the world.”
 
In addition to his bigoted Islamophobic and antisemitic remarks, he has also made anti-LGBT statements, among other things calling the military’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” the “absolute destruction of our military readiness and our military morale.”
 
This has not happened.
 
Here are just a few of the military personnel involved with the MRFF whom we thank for their service and rely on for their expertise on religion in the military: We also have liaisons on almost every base in the world.
 
Board Members
Major William E. Barker
Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV).
 
Advisory Board Members (Past and present military personnel)
Edie Disler– PhD, Lt Col (Ret), is a 25 year veteran of the Air Force who served as an ICBM crewmember, an Executive Support Officer to the Secretary of Defense, a conventional arms control inspector, a speechwriter, and USAFA faculty professor.
 
Robert S. Dotson–Retired Brigadier General.
 
Robert T. Herres– A Naval Academy graduate with a 36 year career in the United States Air Force, he also served a three-year assignment as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the first to hold that position. (December 1, 1932 – July 24, 2008)
 
Kristen Leslie – An Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Yale Divinity School and consultant to the United States Air Force Academy on religious matters.
 
Eagle Man, Ed McGaa – Is an enrolled Oglala Sioux tribal member, OST 15287. After serving in Korea, he earned an undergraduate degree from St. Johns University, MN. He then later rejoined the Marine Corps to become a fighter pilot.
 
Rev. MeLinda Morton – An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She is a former Chaplain in the United States Air Force.
 
George Reed – A faculty member in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Before joining the faculty in 2007 he served for 27 years as a military police officer including six as the Director of Command and Leadership Studies at the U.S. Army War College.
 
AA “Tony” Verrengia  – A retired Air Force Brigadier General, He was a Master Navigator that served in air transport operations positions for many years.
 
John Whiteside – He is one of only a few military aviators to possess both Senior Command Air Force wings and aircraft carrier qualified Naval Aviator wings, in addition to having been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in combat during Operation Desert Storm.
 
Lawrence Wilkerson – Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. His last position in government was as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff (2002-05).
 
So, it’s not just Mikey you are calling an “uneducated idiot” but the military personnel above that know the laws concerning religion in the military.
 
Contrary to what is written about us, we are neither an atheist organization nor are we anti-Christian. Mikey is Jewish (and prays to the same Father we do 3 times a day) and 80% of the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are Christians. In fact, 96% of our 45,000+ soldier clients are Christians – Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodist, Lutherans, Baptists, etc. We fight for the rights of these Christians more than any other religion but it never makes the news. 
 
Read Our Mission statement:
 
Pastor Joan
MRFF Advisory Board Member

Dear (name withheld),

Well, unfortunately for you, (name withheld), people do listen to Mikey Weinstein, because he’s right.

If there’s shame to go around it may end up coming back to those who understand neither the Constitution nor the freedoms guaranteed therein.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


 I’m afraid you have no idea what you’re talking about… We were very happy to represent 131 US Army officers and NCOs and Civilians in this matter… Don’t be such a sore loser… After all it was the constitution which WON here, little sport… Mikey Weinstein

Thanks Mikey. I also deleted my Facebook comment. I will do more research and if I have comments then I will make them but not in a rude way.  Have a pleasant and blessed day.
(name withheld)

First, I’m impressed I got a reply. Second, even though I disagree with many of your views, I should not attack you personally. For that, I sincerely apologize. We have different beliefs so as a Christian I should pray and not attack. My emotions spoke after reading an article but again I was wrong to lash out without thinking. Please forgive my wrong response. Thanks

(name withheld)


 Thank you Joan for your prompt reply. First my rude response was emotion based. I admit I know little about your organization. Regardless if I agree or oppose your agenda, I had no right to attack Mikey. I personally apologized to him. As a Christian, I was wrong to lash out. Thank you.
(name withheld)

Thank you, (name withheld), for this nice reply.
What bothers me is that those who write about us are misleading by only attacking Mikey and neglect the others involved with MRFF, especially the military personnel.. We are defenders of the Constitution, Supreme Court rulings and Civil Rights for all of our soldiers.
May God bless your socks off!
Pastor Joan

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