June 4, 2018
MRFF Assists Evangelical Clients in Ending Common Usage of Language Disrespectful to Their Faith
MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted on behalf of 8 active duty soldiers regarding the constant use of language considered abusive and disrespectful towards the cornerstone of their religious faith. One of the MRFF clients described the situation in an email:
I am evangelical Christian and a member of The Foursquare Church. And have been since I first accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. And was born again as a 7th grader living in (name withheld) California. I have eternal life in Christ.
Recently I asked (name and rank withheld) who is my supervisor to help me approach my commander (name and rank withheld) and ask him to stop taking the Lord’s name in vain all of the time. I understand that this is the Army and soldiers will cuss. But our commander says “Jesus F—ing Christ” all the time and I and other soldiers find it offensive to our faith in Christ. Our commander says this all of the time and not just a few times a day or night. It is his go to phrase.
My supervisor declined to help us talk to the commander and did not say why? But he told us about the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. He gave me a phone number to call Mr. M. Weinstein.
Mikey immediately contacted the unit commanders’ superiors to inform them of these complaints. After discussing the commander’s actions in respect to military regulations requiring religious neutrality, Mikey received the following statement from one of our clients regarding the swift effectiveness of MRFF’s intervention in this matter:
Mr. Weinstein answered my call his self and took down all of the facts to the problem. He was nice like my supervisor said. He talks fast and acted even faster. Mr. Weinstein spoke to some people above my commander in our chain. And we have seen that the cussing has suddenly just plain stopped.
(Name and rank of supervisor withheld) says that (name and rank of commander withheld) was very angry at first when he got called in to see (superior unit commander’s name and rank withheld) due to Mr. Weinstein’s phone call. But now he has cooled off and is not that angry. Even though (name and rank of commander withheld) said that since he’s Christian too and because of that he could not be accused of offending other Christians because of his cussing. But that is not true!