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.