January 8, 2021
An elite U.S. military school recently added an elective course, designed and taught by a faculty member, which was a bible study specifically of the Christian faith. Several faculty members immediately recognized an obvious violation of the establishment clause that put their mission, school, and leadership in jeopardy.
After an unsuccessful attempt to resolve this obviously unconstitutional sectarian religious establishment issue at the lowest administrative level, these faculty members contacted MRFF for assistance. A senior Air Force civil servant at the military school, Air Force major faculty member, and MRFF Client shared what happened after MRFF’s involvement in this matter:
Mikey [MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein] immediately responded with offers of bringing in the bullpen. With the legal references that Mikey provided we were better able to articulate to our senior leadership our concerns and the potential harm to the organization. Our senior leadership then resolved the issue with the faculty member and their direct supervisor, advising them of the concerns, to which the faculty member ultimately decided to discontinue the elective.
With Mikey’s help and MRFF backing, we were able to resolve a serious 1st Amendment issue at the lowest level without resorting to adversarial methods, which was our desire. Additionally, with MRFF’s assistance on this process, we’ve now started a productive conversation within our organization about culture and climate, which will help this entire organization to grow and mitigate against these issues in the future. We had confidence that, armed with the right information, our leadership would make the right decision…and they did.
Thanks MRFF! Thanks Mikey!