Chris Rodda On Why MRFF Has A Long-Standing Problem With JWB

Correspondence between MRFF’s Senior Research Director, Chris Rodda, & Mikey Weinstein

Date: May 24, 2018

I found the article written by Jason Leopold in 2007 about the case of Rabbi Jeffrey Goldman, the Jewish chaplain at Fort Stewart who was subjected to the most blatant and outrageous anti-Semitism imaginable, and how the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council’s “help” was basically to tell this Jewish chaplain to just suck it up and do what the Christians want.

As you probably recall, this was the case where the anti-semitic harassment went as far as an evangelical Christian chaplain actually hanging Nazi uniforms and swastikas on the wall of the officers’ club so that they would be prominently displayed during an interfaith prayer breakfast that Rabbi Goldman was ordered to attend.

The reason this particular case came to mind now was that it was the first time that I had heard of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council — and even more particularly because I remember my complete shock at the mind-bogglingly outrageous statements made by Rabbi David Lapp, the head of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council at the time, when Rabbi Goldman reached out to the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council for help.

And how did the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council stand up for Jewish chaplains and “help” Chaplain Goldman? By telling him “not to rock the boat” and just go along with what the evangelical Christians wanted!

JWB Jewish Chaplains Council’s Rabbi Lapp actually blew off the Nazi display put up by the Christian chaplain by saying:”Lots of people collect Nazi material and swastikas.”

So, if anyone wonders why MRFF has a problem with the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council proclaiming themselves to be anything like “protectors” of Jews in the military, just point them to this article:

Swastikas at Hunter Airfield, and a Rabbi on the Run

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  1. Calif Anon

    Chris Rodda wants to bring up something that happened 11 years ago, really? Now, I I would agree that what the chaplain did at the time with the Nazi uniform was wrong, but what does that have to do with this, it is like comparing apples with oranges.

  2. Grey One talks sass

    Actually I believe a more accurate metaphor is comparing plums to prunes.

    The bigotry and hatred displayed in 2007 did not go somewhere else as an apple to orange comparison would suggest. Instead, like a plum turning into a prune or a grape into a raisin, the hate displayed by fundamentalist Christians against their enemies, perceived and imagined, has concentrated into a breathtaking and scary display of ugliness.

    The USA is indeed under attack only our enemy is a part of We The People. Dominionist traitors either need to return to their churches and stay there or face destruction as traitors to the Constitution.

    Personally I’m all for a fight. I’d like some payback for all the burning witch jokes I’ve had to endure for decades.

  3. Calif Anon

    Dear Grey One,
    The real traitors are the Democrats, who have sold out our country through their lies, deception, false flag attacks on our schools and military.

    Christians will not stay in our churches and we are not wimps, if you want a fight, we will give you one, remember whose side the military and the police are on, they are for the Republic and defending the Constitution. I cannot wait to see the Cabal of Obama, Hillary, Romey, etc, all perp walked for all the nation to see and face a military tribunal at Camp Gitmo for high treason.

    “Where we go one, we go all” – #QAnon

  4. G

    Wrong, Calif Anon, the Republican sold out our country by sending the jobs overseas, importing both legal and illegal foreign workers, busting up unions, stripping people of their consumer rights including having access to the courts, dis-investing our public schools, etc.

  5. Grey One talks sass

    People, people, Greed is not a political attribute although I’ve noted those who practice it flock together.

    The philosophy attributed to #QAnon and quoted by Calif Anon is correct. We are all connected even as we practice autonomous individuality. I believe it’s Zen.

  6. Grey One talks sass

    Calif Anon cannot and will not provide any evidence of crimes committed by Hillary or other boogeymen of the Left. All they have are scary stories which they repeat over and over.

    I like facts. I like paper trails and bank accounts littered with payouts. I love evidence safely and legally collected. I too love my Country and Constitution and no where does it say anyone gets to force me to worship their Deity.

    I’m not the side calling for war, just equality under the law. Apparently that’s starting a war to some folk.

  7. Calif Anon

    Grey One,
    Obviously I do not have the paper trails and bank accounts but QAnon has said they have it all. Whomever Q is , he or she has one of the highest security clearances in govt. He has said the corruption in our govt is so deep, if we were to bring them all down, it would cripple our govt to the point enemies of our govt could come in and take over. With the stuff on Weiner’s laptop is very damning evidence. The evidence he has will destroy the Democratic party. There is a Deep State and a Shadow Govt and soon it will all be exposed.

  8. G

    Calif Anon, if the person has the evidence to destroy the Democratic Party, what is taking so long for him to put it out on the Corporate controlled media?

  9. G

    Calif Anon, we all know how bad and corrupt our government is; however, many Americans particularly business people like it that way; otherwise, many of those pillars of the community would have been thrown in prison a long, long time ago.

  10. Les Barrett

    The attempt to force or inappropriately coerce religious beliefs on anyone is never a good idea in the long run. A good product sells itself. Anything good sells itself. In business, selling by “persuasion” can cover a wide array of questionable and dishonest tactics in addition to the ostensibly educational basis of persuasion. I think one has to search far and wide to find a business anywhere in the world that relies only on the positive forms of persuasion. It is logical that the first impulse is to sell religion the same way one makes money off of any product. It comes down to morality. Pushing the negative boundaries of morality is not really a good fit with any religion that has morality as one of its central messages.

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