May 23, 2020
On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, U.S. Army Chaplain 1st Lt. Darryl Kemp posted the following message to the 3rd Infantry Division’s battalion level Facebook page maintained for important informational purposes by the command of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield (near Savannah, GA):
Love Meets Sexual Needs
The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. – 1 Corinthians 7:3
If at all possible, try to initiate sex with your husband or wife today. Do this in a way that honors what your spouse has told you (or implied to you) about what they need from you sexually. Ask God to make this enjoyable for both of you as well as a path to greater intimacy.
This posting, appearing on the 5-7 Cavalry Battalion Commander’s (Lt. Col. Adam Latham) Facebook page was, intended for approximately 500 soldiers (…and their spouses) in the unit who have been instructed by the Commanding General of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, to look at these pages for COVID-19 updates that involve the continued training and deployments of our soldiers.
MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted for assistance by 23 clients in dealing with this culmination of 34 posts to the official government Facebook page for the 5-7 Cavalry Battalion that only targeted those within a marriage that are of the Christian faith. MRFF’s clients in this matter included 16 who practice the Christian faith with the remainder following minority faith traditions including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism as well as non-faith traditions to include Atheism, Agnosticism and Secular Humanism.
Mikey immediately contacted Maj. Gen. Aguto on behalf of MRFF’s 23 clients regarding this form of proselytizing by military chaplains unconstitutionally hijacking their commander’s/installation’s Facebook (FB) pages with illicit sectarian and non-secular messaging. Mikey/MRFF demanded that the illegal and destructive actions of both Army Chaplain (1Lt.) Kemp and Lt. Col. Latham be aggressively and expeditiously reviewed by at least an official 15-6 investigative activity and, subsequently, visibly and meaningfully punished for their explicitly egregious transgressions by trial at courts-martial.
On May 23, 2020, one of MRFF’s clients reported via email that the following action had been taken:
A moment ago I become aware that within minutes of the Army receiving the Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s (MRFF) demand letter, which included my initial letter to MRFF on behalf of many of the concerned Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield military community members regarding the “5-7 CAV, 1ABCT, 3rd ID” Facebook page, the Army has not only removed the Day 32 “Love Meets Sexual Needs” post, but also all posts regarding the “Love Dare Challenge”. Again, I did not have the intention of having “Love Day Challenge” posts disappear, just to be moved to a more appropriate platform or venue such as the local garrison chaplain’s Facebook page so that those that wish to continue to utilize the resources will have them available to them.
On behalf of the 23 United States Army MRFF clients collectively submitting this complaint from Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, we cannot thank you enough, Mr. Weinstein, for all the work that you and your staff do with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. You and the Foundation are the true patriots of our nation as you fight to uphold the Constitution of the United State of America.