7/17/18 – MRFF Thanks USAF Wing Commander For Valiant Action Against Religious Favoritism

July 17, 2018

MRFF Assists Clients in Forcing U.S. Military Installation Command to Respect Constitutional Mandate of Maintaining a Secular Government

MRFF was contacted in early May/2018 by 31 active duty members of the U.S. Air Force stationed at F.E. Warren AFB located in Cheyenne, Wyoming regarding the inclusion of a sectarian religious text (The Bible) on the POW/MIA Table located at the installation’s dining facility.  MRFF’s 31 clients in this matter identified themselves as practicing Protestants or Roman Catholics (19 clients) along with others identifying as Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist along with several atheists, agnostics, secularists, humanists or deists.

MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein immediately contacted the command staff of the Air Force Global Strike Command/90th Missile Wing located at F.E. Warren regarding this matter.  This initial contact led to a quick reply from Col. Stacy Jo Huser, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command/90th Missile Wing, who thanked Mikey/MRFF for advocacy on behalf of the airmen’s religious (and non-religious) freedoms and promised to take MRFF’s complaint on behalf their clients under advisement and would be looking into the matter.

After failing to receive a reply after two months and verify that the sectarian religious text was still in place, Mikey again contacted the F.E. Warren command staff on behalf of MRFF clients (now numbering 36) on 7/15/2018.  Col. Huser spoke directly with Mikey regarding appropriate measures to remedy this situation which was followed by an email from Col. Huser detailing an expeditious and reasonable accommodation to resolve this issue while respecting the individual religious faith (or non-faith) of all airmen under her command:

I’m grateful they [MRFF’s current 36 USAF clients at F.E. Warren AFB] felt comfortable contacting you for your advocacy.  Our chaplains are purchasing a generic “book of faith” on Thursday and will let me know when that book is expected to arrive.  Until it arrives, I’ve asked them to rotate the book placed on the table (rotate it through various faiths).  Yesterday they placed the Book of Mormon on the table.  I will contact you again when our permanent “book of faith” is on display.

Thank you again for taking care of our Airmen.  One of my focus areas is increasing a sense of belonging for all our Airmen a large part of that effort is ensuring that the religious and non-religious feel included and cared for.

On behalf of our clients, all airmen and DoD employee/contractors at F.E. Warren, MRFF extends its gratitude and appreciation to Col. Huser for her positive and appropriate response to resolving this issue regarding sectarian religious branding of the POW/MIA table memorial located on F.E. Warren AFB.

MRFF has now assisted its clients in removing this special type of implied religious supremacy and divisive unconstitutional sectarian religious branding of ‘Missing Man Tables’ at 8 locations:

  • 7/17/18 – F.E. Warren AFB
  • 11/3/17 – Denver, CO VA Medical Center
  • 9/16/16 – Eglin AFB, FL Allergy Clinic
  • 4/19/16 – Tobyhanna, PA VA
  • 4/11/16 – Houston, TX VA
  • 4/8/16 – Wright Patterson AFB, OH
  • 4/4/16 – Youngstown, OH VA
  • 2/25/16 – Akron, OH VA

…and continues its client advocacy at other facilities where this type kind of religious branding is being permitted.

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9 Comments

  1. David Luscumb

    Can’t wait until you take your last dying breath then all Hell will come down on you. As Christians we are very aware of persecution. Keep up the work of the Devil. You will meet your demise in do time. It’s not to late to receive Jesus. I’m glad I no longer serve in the military with the likes of people like you.

  2. Tom O

    Yeah, any time Christians don’t get treated as superior to other religions, they’re being “persecuted”!!

  3. Mark Sebree

    David,

    How are Christians being persecuted in the USA? Because you cannot proselytize to public school children? Since nobody else can either, that is not persecution. That is equality. Because you cannot discriminate against LBGT, blacks, atheists, Muslims, or other groups in your business? That is not persecution. That is equality and supporting equal access to public accommodation services. Because Christians do not get special privileges that other religions and non-religions cannot get? That is not persecution. That is equality.

    And personally, I am glad that you no longer serve in the military since you would not be able to uphold your enlistment oath to defend the US Constitution against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC, and you would not want to follow lawful orders, i.e. DOD and service regulations concerning religion and equality. I would rather someone that is in the military being ready to defend the rights of EVERYONE, instead of thinking he deserves “special privileges” just because of the deity he or she follows.

  4. Scott l conrad

    The country’s founding fathers based the ideas and laws of this country on the Christian bible. If you don’t believe this than you need to be more educated. Without these founding principals our country would have never became the greatest country in the world. Do you not see how this contry has faltered since Clinton and Obama. Completely lacking in the Christian morals. People who don’t follow this should move.
    https://providencefoundation.com/the-forefathers-monument-a-matrix-of-liberty/

  5. G

    Mr. Conrad, it seems that the country has been lacking in Christian morals even when you had the two Bushes, and Reagan in office, the Republican Party coming into power in Congress in 1994, and the Tea Baggers. This country has also lack moral values when you look at how are so-called Christians leaders tried to maintain slavery, fought against minorities rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and tried to impose a plutocrat/oligarchy system at home and around the world.

  6. Grey One talks sass

    Scott I Conrad, you’ve been listening to failed historian David Barton. Funny you suggest others need to be educated when you spew such garbage as the Constitution is based on the Christian Bible. Perhaps you should do some learning yourself.

    Oh yeah, unless information comes from an “Authority” it’s just ‘fake news’ – amirite?

    Facts, like reality, are liberal only because they don’t care who remains in power. Those folks in Authority know this but crave the power of their position so they lie.

    Power corrupts. Absolutely.

  7. Cher

    This is ridiculous… leave the Bible, if you don’t like go back to your own country. Don’t come here changing our faiths and traditions

  8. Grey One talks sass

    Cher – you first. This is my country, founded on the basis of Freedom of Religion and Freedom From Religion. Don’t like it, find another country where you get to impose your religious viewpoint on others. This one is taken.

  9. Scott Hanson

    Cher,

    Believe it or not, there is a swelling group of people that are non’s or atheists in this country. We were born here, to parents that were born here, by parents that were born here. I appreciate your unwillingness to participate in a real conversation about religion. Remember, this country was a combination of all different faiths and all kinds of different traditions. Or did you somehow think every.simgle.tradition we celebrate here was defacto-United-States made? If so, that’s a beautiful piece of stupidity.

    Mr. David,

    Bring it. I love how people threaten Atheists with imaginary monsters. I also always appreciate peace-loving people symbolically stepping on my throat, waiting for me to stop breathing in a great, loving Christian manner. There is a line drawn, and it’s been a very defined line. You’ve been told not to step over that line. The line allows you to practice your faith with other like-minded folk. Every day, your kind like to wash away the line, step over the line, and set up shop on the other side of the line. You then tell others on the other side of the line that conformity is the only way. You decide…wait, no…you’re told by your misguided religions, who to like, who to hate, who to condemn, and who to forgive. I’m actually afraid of you having a unique thought as it appears you might not have had one in many years. Careful. Unlike you, I care that you don’t strain and hurt yourself. Dave, have your place, sir. Stay on your side of the line. Have your tax free churches that don’t preach politics. Have your meetings, and participate in the community in the ways the laws allow. Don’t push, and we won’t push back. Stop hating so much, brother! Love people! Love people that would love you back. Treat well those that would treat you well. It’s amazing how many religious people I know that are filled to their tears with hate, and how many of my kind just love. It’s removing that god lens and seeing the world and it’s people as a world full of people.

    And finally….Scott….my namesake. How this country was founded, and upon which principles, is largely irrelevant. However, since you seem to want to poke your flag into this stupid piece of land and call it yours, let’s talk about it.
    There are two fundamental things, regardless of founding (which can be disputed), that are impossible to ignore……
    1. we were founded on the premise of religious freedom.
    Guess what? Christians were not the only people seeking freedom in this newly formed country. Your kind ALWAYS forget this though. There were many religions, and many non-believers. This freedom paved the way so we would not raise one religion up and condemn the rest.
    2. Separation of church and state.
    The government should be by the people, FOR THE PEOPLE. As religion so often does, it forgets the people. When you get all tied up wondering what fabrics goes with which, what meat you can or cannot eat, and if you should stone the woman who cheated on her abusive husband, you lose sight of the people.

    As good christian people who posted on this story, you really need to stare into the mirror and do a real assessment of your life. Not a single one of you had anything positive to say. Not one of you sought to understand a perspective from a person different from yourself. The world is changing, and people who see your hypocrisy for what it is…..we’re gaining numbers. We don’t hate you….we pity you. We would love for you to think. We would LOVE for you to love, and look at your fellow human and see another human. Good luck, and don’t let the flying spaghetti monster get cha.

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