Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Re: Army West Point and Coach Monken.

Get a life and quit sticking your nose in places nobody wants it.

(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

Re: Junk mail.
Dear (name withheld),

Unless someone is using your name, address and title without your knowledge, I’m going to assume “SOLID PRINCIPLES” do not include understanding religious freedom.

I’ll ignore your childish reference to “sticking your nose” and trust it was only childish and not loaded with inference. As to the rest of your snotty little message, the MRFF takes action at the request of those in the military who feel their freedom to believe as they choose is being impinged upon, usually by those in authority. That was the case in this instance.

If you’d like to know more about our work you’re welcome to visit the MRFF website and read our mission statement. If more is needed I’m sure a conversation with Mr. Weinstein will be enlightening. In any event, I suspect you’ll find one of those a better use of your time than is tossing off a casual, quite ignorant remark.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)

Response from MRFF Advisory Member John Compere, Brigadier General, Judge Advocate General Corps, US Army (Retired).

Dear (name withheld),

Attached is a rational explanation in plain language of the lawful relationship between our Constitution, any religion & the military. Hopefully, it will be helpful for you. Best wishes.
John Compere
Brigadier General, Judge Advocate General Corps, US Army (Retired).
MRFF Advisory Board Member

 Response from MRFF Legal Affairs Coordinator Tobanna Barker
Dear (name withheld),
I am writing in response to your September 9, 2016 email to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (“MRFF”).  I am disappointed to see that you are a lawyer because your email, while brief, plainly illustrates your lack of competence in the legal field.


First, you accuse us of “sticking [our] nose in places nobody wants it.”  I am surprised that an attorney does not understand that the legal matters with which we become involved are brought to us by our clients.  Just as lawyers are approached by citizens with claims for injuries or monetary loss, we receive complaints from service members whose constitutional rights are being violated.  Unless you personally approach people at accident scenes and convince them to file lawsuits (which would violate the Rules of Professional Conduct), a managing partner of a law firm should know that our work is performed on behalf of our clients.  We do not “stick our noses” anywhere we are not wanted – we are sought out as the only organization that can help them.


Second – and more importantly – I am extremely disappointed that an attorney of your apparent experience seems to be so clueless about the basics of constitutional law.  While the application of constitutional principles is far from simple, I knew that instructing cadets of a military academy to participate in a prayer was a violation of the Establishment Clause when I was a second year law student.


Finally, you clearly came to a conclusion about the work of MRFF without even thinking – let alone researching or analyzing – the legality of mandated prayer or its potential consequences within the military.  For the sake of your clients, I sincerely hope that put more thought and effort into the merits of their cases before declaring conclusions.


Since you are so concerned about where people put their noses, I suggest that you put yours back in the books – it’s time for a refresher course in analyzing legal issues.


Blessed be,


Tobanna Barker

MRFF Legal Affairs Coordinator





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