April 21, 2021
After reading about a Colorado state district court judge recently resigning after acknowledging use of bullying racist statements with employees that were often cloaked as innocent ‘fact-finding’ questions, two U.S. Military active duty enlisted service members contacted MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein regarding similar (…and much worse) treatment by their immediate military supervisor. MRFF Senior Research Director Chris Rodda succinctly summed up the situation in an article for The DailyKos and LAProgressive:
…two Jewish service members, fed up with their Christian Section Chief’s constant indecorous comments and outrageously inappropriate questions about being Jewish, decided they’d had enough of their own racial slur problem and were going to do something about it.
These two active duty service members were able to locate the dedicated volunteer MRFF Representative at their installation who immediately got them in contact with Mikey. These clients emailed Mikey regarding the long list of blatantly abusive and unconstitutional actions of their self-proclaimed “proud Christian who walks his faith” Section Chief:
-He said he was just “interested in what it’s like to be “Jew”. Not “a Jew” but just “Jew”.
-He said he was not a “Jew hater” but a “Jew Lover” and just wanted to “understand what makes you people tick better.”
-He also asked us a number of times if we knew where the word “kike” came from? (we did not).
-He also said in front of everyone a number of times that he wanted us to give him a “guided tour of Auschwitz” sometime.
-He kept saying that he “loves Jews” but is only “curious” about us. Because, he said, “Jews are The Chosen People” and the 2 of us are the “first ones’ he’s ever commanded and so he wants to “know us better” so he can “know my Lord Jesus Christ better”.
-[He] wanted to know why “you people wear those little beanies on your heads?” and why “are you all so good with money?” and especially why “you all reject Jesus when he was one of your own?”
All of this in the military workplace and on duty with us all in uniform. [emphasis added] The personal comments and questions about us both being Jewish never stopped. It was embarrassing and demeaning.
The last straw was the other day when he once again for the billionth time tried to get us to come to his weekly lunchtime bible study which he hosts in a nearby Annex building.
He always brings hotdogs for everyone who comes. Hotdogs are his go-to bible study lunch food. We always declined as politely as we could. But he’s our BOSS! WTF are we supposed to do or say to him? No means no! But this time he said he would bring “Bagel Dogs for the Chosen People” if we attended. That was too much.
Mikey immediately contacted the Section Chief’s commander’s commander regarding this shockingly abusive and unconstitutional treatment of active duty U.S. Military personnel. The results of Mikey’s quick actions were described in our clients’ email:
Earlier today our (military commander’s name, rank and title withheld) here at (military installation name and location withheld) called the two of us into his office with our unit’s EO Rep and our installation MRFF Rep and informed us that he was removing our Section Chief due to a consistent pattern of antisemitic behavior against the two of us which our commander found to be intolerable. He told us he had lost confidence in our Section Chief’s ability to lead. He apologized for what had been happening to us from our Section Chief. We could not believe this best news ever!
We had been able to locate our base MRFF Rep who put us in contact with Mikey Weinstein. Mikey said he would contact our second level up commander (commander’s title withheld) from our boss and demand immediate action of punishment. And today we got the amazing news that our Section Chief has been removed!
Thank you Mikey and (MRFF Rep’s name withheld) and all of the MRFF! You guys made this all happen in a little more than a day and a half! We will never forget all of you at the MRFF!