Chaplain Comes “Out” in Support of Mikey and MRFF

The writer below is a senior Chaplain official, a devout evangelical Christian by the way, who has direct control over the official licensure (“Endorsement”) of many active duty U.S. military chaplains sharing his denomination.

~Mikey Weinstein, Founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation

From: [email protected]
Subject: Chaplain Comes “Out” in Support of Mikey and MRFF
Date: July 10, 2019 at 3:37:23 PM MDT
To: ‘Michael L Weinstein’ <[email protected]>

Ross Perot Sr did not contribute to the President’s re-election campaign, as initially reported. But guess to whom he was a friend and regular supporter? Mikey Weinstein. To a good number of my military chaplain friends and colleagues, Mikey Weinstein is a very bad name; an evil person who is anti-Christian, anti-chaplain, heck, anti-religion-in-the-military. He is thought to be the personification of the Devil, to some. However, I don’t think he has been given a fair review and consideration. I think if you spend some time on his non-profit organization’s (Military Religious Freedom Foundation) website and read with an impartial and objective eye the stories, interviews, and look at his board (mostly Christians!), you will find that he is not that at all. He is a staunch defender of religious freedom in the military and VA. He is a staunch believer in BOTH of the religion clauses of the First Amendment: No government establishment (or favoritism!) of religion; and the Free Exercise of religion for ALL, especially when it comes to the military and VA. The military and VA can be minefields for service-members and veterans because one doesn’t want to agitate/offend a superior person (who can make one’s life horrible) by ignoring their invitations to prayer breakfasts, retreats, religious services, Bible studies, etc. And these senior military folks may unintentionally — or intentionally — seek to influence their subordinates to do what the superior thinks is spiritually best for them. Being in the military or VA can be a real precarious place for some folks, and Mikey Weinstein helps level the field for everyone. [A quick disclaimer: Mikey can seem a bit dramatic/impassioned at times (hey, he’s an attorney!), and I do not agree 100% with everything he says and does.]

BUT, he does have his place in keeping religion and chaplains on the up-and-up in the armed forces and VA. I am glad he is there, doing what he does. And apparently, the Late Ross Perot was too!

Now, I think I will hunker down and prepare to delete the hate mail, that I will undoubtedly receive.

(Name withheld)

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