Active Duty Jewish Officer Grateful MRFF Swiftly Put an End to Superior’s Christian Proselytizing

From: (Active Duty Military Officer’s Name and E-Mail Address withheld)

Subject: Appreciation from a Jewish officer
Date: March 4, 2020 at 3:04:35 PM MST
To: Information Weinstein <[email protected]>

 

Mr. Mikey Weinstein and the MRFF:

I apologize for being way late in writing thanking all of you at the MRFF for helping me and my family out of one of the worst situations in my life.

I am an officer in the United States (military branch withheld) and also a fairly recent graduate of the United States (Service Academy name withheld).

My wife and I are Jewish. We have a young child. We are expecting another child soon.

Last Fall is when it started. My superior officer began “inviting” my wife and I over to his home. Normally this might have been nice but I’d been warned by others in my unit that this officer is “a very serious Christian” who wants everyone else to be as well. And so my wife and I kept trying not to go over to his house. He is a member of the OCF (Officers Christian Fellowship) here at (military installation name withheld) and apparently a number of other similar organizations. He and his wife are also deeply involved with something called “Operation Blitz” which we did not know what that was until Mr. Weinstein explained it to us. And it is ugly. This officer keeps his large bible open on his desk in his office at all times and often references it when talking to us in his office. He starts each meeting with a prayer to Jesus. I was never comfortable with this but didn’t know what to do or how to handle? He is relentless about his Christian faith.

Finally we could not make any more excuses and my wife and I had to agree to come over for dinner.

Keeping it short, at this dinner my superior officer and his wife kept telling me and my wife how “wonderful” it was to be “blessed” to be Jewish and that we Jews are “chosen” and “favored” by Jesus. It went on and on from there. They also told us that we should try to be “open Jews” meaning we should be “open to studying the Gospel” and asked us to come to their weekly bible study in their home. My wife and I were very offended that he and his wife told us what type of Jews we “should try to be.”

We should have just gotten up and walked out but we didn’t. We were both intimidated by him and his wife because he’s the boss. I thought the proselytizing harassment might just stop but it didn’t. He kept leaving messages on my cell phone and leaving me Christian proselytizing tracts on my desk. His wife kept calling mine too to tell us that she and her husband were both “praying for us”. We were so offended. I asked others what to do and they not only had no solutions they started to shun contact with me and my wife for even bringing it up. I think they were afraid of “collateral damage” should I file an IG or EEO complaint. My family and I felt completely alone and abandoned by the (military branch withheld). We were not prepared for how to handle this.

I went to speak with one of our (military branch withheld) JAG officers who gave me your name and number at the MRFF. My wife and I were nervous but we made the call.

Mr. Weinstein answered the call himself even though it was past 10 pm his time. He said he knew exactly what to do.

Mr. Weinstein called my superior officer’s commander the next morning with our prior ok.

Mr. Weinstein has not told me exactly what he said but I know it included bringing this matter to the media immediately if this commander he had just spoken to could not get his subordinate, who was my superior officer, to stop trying to convert my wife and myself at every opportunity.

Not only did my superior officer immediately stop as Mr. Weinstein demanded but he was also given a reprimand in writing by the commander. I have had this confirmed by our unit’s senior NCO and our EEO advisor. And as Mr. Weinstein promised, this officer was not allowed to rate me on my annual effectiveness report and has now been transferred to another installation.

I still worry about the (military branch name withheld) personnel who are junior to this officer wherever he is stationed in the future because I doubt he won’t still try to do to them what he did to me and my wife.

If I ever see something like this again I will call the MRFF that very minute.

My family and I will never be able to thank Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF enough for helping us here.

We may be driving thru Albuquerque later this summer and would love to go to dinner with the Weinsteins if possible? My wife has Bonnie Weinstein’s latest book and we both read it and were just shocked by the hate you all experience at the MRFF. (But we’d still love an autograph!)

with thanks again,

(Active Duty Military Officer’s name, rank, job title, unit and installation all withheld)

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19 Comments

  1. SARSU

    I applaud this commander for sharing his faith in Yeshua to this officer as all Jews need to accept their Messiah Jesus, without that they will not have salvation and not see the light of heaven after they die. “Jesus came to his own, but His own did not receive Him.” Thus He blinded their eyes to the truth, but now He is removing the scales from their eyes to see that He is their only Messiah.
    “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on Me, on Him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over Him, as one weeps over a firstborn.” – Zechariah 12:10

  2. Howie Feltersnatch

    Weird how if Jesus is supposed to be all powerful he couldn’t stop this commander from getting bitch-slapped by a superior.

    Your puny god is weak and ineffectual. Probably why he got nailed to some sticks like a little bitch.

  3. George T

    SARSU: Just change a few items in your message and you’d sound just like an Islamic theocrat, seeking to impose your beliefs on others.

  4. Eliyahu

    Would you feel the same if it were a Muslim officer pressing Christian soldiers to convert? Or do you think that your religion should have special privileges not allowed to others?

  5. Steve K

    Can you ever imagine in your wildest dreams/nightmares a Jew doing this to a younger, junior couple? It highlights the religious pathogen growing in our society.

  6. Tom O

    “I applaud this commander for sharing his faith in Yeshua to this officer.” Classic theocrat authoritarian lie. He wasn’t SHARING his faith: he was trying to use his position of power to FORCE his “faith” on people who believe differently than he does.

  7. Alan R.

    SARSU: Jews cannot believe that Jesus is the Messiah because he did not fulfill the three biblical prophesies. He did not overthrow the oppressors of the Jews (the Romans); he did not bring about an ingathering of all Jews to their homeland (Judea); and he did not establish an eternal reign of peace. He also did not want to establish a new religion. He just wanted to reform Judaism as he knew it. It was Paul who was responsible for the new religion.

  8. Y A

    It is always good to hear that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has the backs of our military personnel and civilian contractors working for the military. I wish they had been around in my day when I had to run an IG complaint all the way up to the major command level in order to deal with a similar problem. Unfortunately, back then the CO and CSM were simply told to leave me alone and didn’t receive any corrective action in regards to their unlawful behavior (unlawful as regards to the Constitution and DoD regulations, then and now).

    Thank you Mikey and the rest of the folks at the MRFF, those of us who support our Constitution are grateful for all you do. Keep up the great work!

  9. Karen the rock whisperer

    Well done Mikey and team! Religion is one of the most intensely personal attributes a person can have. To try to convert someone who serves under you to your religion is just wrong. And for those who believe they are called to evangelize those of other faiths or no faith, whatever, you don’t do that with people who are in a subordinate position to you. It’s violating and offensive. Pester people at your level in your organization, pester the people you work for (if you dare–and if you don’t, what irony!), pester your neighbors, stand on a street corner and pester passersby. Leave the folks who work for you or serve under you alone.

  10. Sage on the Hudson

    “Last Fall is when it started. My superior officer began “inviting” my wife and I over to his home.”

    Inviting my wife and ME.

  11. Sandra H. Jolly

    I am a retired Naval Officer. I never experienced the kinds of pressure the people in the Air Force report, maybe because we were a more “traditional” service and they are “younger and more modern,” but I cannot believe that we are having these problems with religions and religious people in the 21st century!!! It all seems so medieval. Please don’t try to engage military people on a religious level unless you are a Chaplain or a civilian!

  12. Steven

    You obviously don’t understand the Constitution or the rights that this officer swore to defend.

  13. Ironmoped

    SARSU,
    Everyone knows that in the Shahada, there is ” No God but God and Mohammed is his Messenger!”
    You will not get into Heaven without conversion to Islam and acceptance of the Prophet’s teachings! Allahu Akbar!
    The United States Air Force will only know victory when it comes to accept the message of Allah and implements Sharia into it’s doctrine and accepts the prophet as it’s messenger and guide!
    How do you like them fucking green apples?
    Still want religious zealotry inculcated into our military institutions? Which one?

  14. SARSU

    Ironmped,
    There is only one God and that is Yahweh or Jehovah. There is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus. Mohammed was a pedophile, and Allah is Satan. Mohammed should have had his balls and penis cut off as with every radical Muslim today and then stuffed down their throats.

  15. SARSU
  16. Grey One talks sass

    I love it when Christian Nationalists push a narrative that their holy book doesn’t support.

    SARSU wrote “ There is only one God and that is Yahweh or Jehovah.“

    Except the Christian Bible acknowledges multiple deities which means you are saying you know more than your holy book SARSU!

    Wow! I’m sure that will go over big when the eventual review of your life takes place. Would love to listen in on THAT conversation.

  17. Grey One talks sass

    Sandra H Jolly

    Just because you didn’t see the discrimination doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

    Christian Nationalists have been infiltrating all branches of the Military as part of their Seven Mountains plan to conquer the USA. Until recently not many people noticed.

    Once you see the pattern it is hard to unsee. Before you were innocent, now you are informed. Welcome to the battle to protect the USA Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  18. Tom O

    Grey One: we don’t know when Sandra was in the Navy. I don’t know how old you are, but I can remember back to 1950, and didn’t see the right-wing whackos start to heavily politicize religion until the late 70’s/early 80’s.

  19. Grey One talks sass

    That’s the timeline when I started to notice too Tom O.

    From the self published pamphlets my relatives left lying around when I was a sprout the idea of complete take over had been simmering on the back burner for much longer. It wasn’t until the Moral Majority came into prominence that anyone had a hope of succeeding.

    What blows my mind is this plan was hatched when Christianity held a place of privilege in the nation; nativities displayed without any form of inclusion, sacred Christian hymns regularly sung by public school choirs, prayers openly offered at government meetings.

    So funny in a way. If the Christian Nationalists hadn’t got greedy they’d still be sitting in their place of privilege.

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