MRFF Demand to Withdraw NCLS Invitation to Rodney Bullard/Chick-fil-A

From: Michael L Weinstein
Subject: MRFF Demand to Withdraw NCLS Invitation to Rodney Bullard/Chick-fil-A
Date: February 12, 2019 at 5:41:11 PM MST
To: “Silveria, Jay B Lt Gen USAF USAFA USAFA/ CC” 

 

Lt. General Jay Silveria,

On behalf of 12 of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s (MRFF’s) LGBTQ clients at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA,) from among the USAFA Cadet Wing, the USAFA Faculty and USAFA Staff, MRFF demands that USAFA immediately withdraw its invitation to Chick-fil-A Vice President of “Corporate Social Responsibility” and Chick-fil-A Foundation Executive Director Rodney Bullard to speak at USAFA’s upcoming National Character and Leadership Conference (NCLS) scheduled for February 21-22, 2019 at the Academy.

USAFA’s outrageous decision to honor Chick-fil-A Executive Rodney Bullard with this high visibility speaking engagement to its 2019 NLCS is nothing but another wretched example, in a long line of such despicable instances, of fundamentalist Christian-based homophobic oppression by USAFA, which YOU command, sir. It’s just as counterintuitive, shameful and hurtful as if USAFA invited Harvey Weinstein to speak at a USAFA forum on women’s civil rights. Chick-fil-A has a long and sordid history of financially supporting rabidly anti-LGBTQ organizations such as the virulently homophobic “Fellowship of Christian Athletes”.

Additionally, Lt. General Silveria, USAFA has a particularly disgusting history of consistently inviting some of the most dishonorable and miserable individuals, pushing a sectarian, fundamentalist Christian, religious extremist agenda, to speak or proselytize at its NCLS. The foregoing is why many derisively refer to that “NCLS” acronym as standing for USAFA’s “National Christian Leadership Symposium”. Please see the links below regarding that fact as well as USAFA’s profoundly disturbing history of anti-LGBTQ activity:

https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2013/03/usafa-protest-rally-3813-mrffs-colorado-springs-billboard/

Friday, March 27, 2008

Paid Bigots Including Walid Shoebat Teaching Religious War At U.S. Air Force Academy

http://militaryreligiousfreedom.org/press-releases/israelenews_bigots.html

Addendum to the above (Friday, March 27, 2008)

Due to a national outcry against this mind-boggling attempt at political and religious indoctrination, the Air Force Academy has been compelled to allow three spokespersons with an opposing view to address cadets on April 9.

 

They are Joseph Wilson, former US ambassador and opponent of the Iraq War; Reza Aslan, a young scholar of Islam; and Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, himself an Academy graduate and a tireless opponent of forced religious indoctrination in the armed services.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Academy invites more controversial speakers

https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/weekly-watch/4-11-08/weeklywatch.html

Monday, April 24, 2009

Air Force Academy canceled controversial evangelical speaker

http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/press-releases/gazette-com-cancelled.html

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MRFF Posts Billboard in Colorado Springs Blasting “Gay Cure” Guru at U.S. Air Force Academy

http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/press-releases/rosebush_billboard_11-27-13.html

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MRFF WARNED YOU, USAF ACADEMY (USAFA)…

http://militaryreligiousfreedom.org/press-releases/2016/MRFF_Warned_USAFA.html

Lastly, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. Section 552, MRFF will be very shortly filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request for, inter alia, all financial information related to USAFA’s invitation to Mr. Bullard/Chick-fil-A to speak at this imminent NCLS event. MRFF trusts that, perhaps, THIS FOIA request will be handled within all appropriate FOIA time deadlines so that USAFA can avoid the shameful embarrassment of paying MRFF’s multiple thousands of dollars of attorneys fees to enforce USAFA’s FOIA compliance as MRFF has successfully done in Federal Court in the past.

Please kindly and timely advise as to whether you will ensure that USAFA will comply with MRFF’s demand on behalf of its 12 LGBTQ clients at USAFA to withdraw the Bullard/Chick-fil-A invitation to speak at the NCLS event.

Thank you,

Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Esq., Founder and President, MRFF

505-250-7727

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