April 27, 2020
A clearly sectarian Christian proselytizing video by Deputy Garrison Chaplain, Major Christian Goza, was posted to the main Facebook page of “Team Redstone” on April 17, 2020 in the “Chaplain’s Corner,” as opposed to its being relegated to the FB page of the Redstone Chapel staff only, where such videos enjoy far more latitude of approval. At the request of 43 U.S. Army clients (including 27 practicing Christians, with the remainder following the Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist faiths as well as several non-faith traditions to include secularism, humanism, agnosticism, and atheism), MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein began contacting the leadership staff at U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Redstone on April 20, 2020 regarding this flagrant violation of well-established constitutional case law as well pertinent DoD and Army Directives, Instructions and Regulations and the U.S. Army’s own Core Values. https://www.army.mil/values/.
On behalf of MRFF’s 43 clients, Mikey sent a letter on April 23, 2020 to Lieutenant General Edward M. Daly, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command Headquarters (Redstone Arsenal) demanding immediate removal of the Christian proselytizing video from the Team Redstone Facebook page. MRFF also demanded, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), all communications related to the USAG Redstone Arsenal decision to post Chaplain (Major) Christian Goza’s “Chaplain’s Corner” video posted on the Team Redstone Facebook page on April 17, 2020. On Monday, April 27, the proselytizing video was gone, making the Redstone Arsenal the fourth military entity to remove a Christian proselytizing COVID-19 video from its official Facebook page, joining Fort Hamilton, Fort Drum, and the Air Force Reserve, all of which have removed similar proselytizing videos.