MRFF Statement on Blessing of “Official” Space Force Bible at the National Cathedral
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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) condemns, in as full-throated a manner as is humanly possible, the shocking and repulsive display of only the most vile, exclusivist, fundamentalist Christian supremacy, dominance, triumphalism and exceptionalism which occurred at yesterday’s ‘blessing’, at the Washington National Cathedral, of a sectarian Christian bible which will apparently ‘be used to swear in all commanders of America’s newest military branch (ie. The United States Space Force).” MRFF noted with additional disgust and disdain the willing and all-too visible participation of a senior USAF officer, in formal uniform, during the travesty of this sectarian ceremony which tragically validates the villainy of unadulterated Christian privilege at DoD and its subordinate military branches. For the record, military commanders are NOT ever “sworn in” to their positions let alone with the usage of a Christian bible or other book of faith. And especially not in 2020!!
MRFF is currently receiving a multitude of new complaints from outraged DoD military and even civilian DoD personnel, as well as veterans, regarding this unmitigated, unconstitutional horror. MRFF will be lodging a formal complaint to Mark Esper, the Secretary of Defense. Further, MRFF will be assiduously assisting its clients to also expeditiously make formal Inspector General (IG) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints to the DoD chain of command hierarchy to stop this train-wreck disaster in its stinking tracks from ever even leaving the station.
If MRFF’s fervent attempts to exhaust all DoD administrative remedies to eliminate this fundamentalist Christian tyranny and oppression fail, MRFF will plan to stop this matter in Federal court in Northern Virginia. The utilization of a Christian bible to ’swear in’ commanders of the new Space Force or any other DoD branch at ANY level is completely violative of the bedrock Separation of Church and State mandate of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and also violates Clause 3, Article 6’s total prohibition of No Religious Test for any Federal Gov’t position. Additionally such blatantly scurrilous activity violates a slew of critical DoD directives, instructions and regulations.
Mikey Weinstein, Founder and President, MRFF
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I guess blessing an official Koran or Book of Shadows would be frowned upon by the DOD right? Then we shouldn’t be blessing an “official bible” of a branch of the Armed Forces either. Each commander should have a choice in his/her swearing (if there were such a thing in the first place). But having this places an undue amount of pressure on those people who are of different faith/belief. Religion does not belong on anything with the word “official” for sure.
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There have been three chairman’s of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who at their swearing in ceremony took their oath with one had placed on the bible.
Religious tyrants need to be exposed for the charlatans they are. This Dominionist coup against our democracy must be opposed at every turn now. For too long the secular community has allowed this travesty against reason to continue in the interest of peace and common purpose. But these people seem to have their own plans now and we can no longer afford to give any benefit of doubt.