From: Herbert Hoffman (email address withheld)
Date: August 5, 2021 at 11:42:22 AM MDT
To: Michael L Weinstein ([email protected])
Subject: RE: MY LTE
Feel free to use this letter in whatever way you see best. I have submitted it to the Nation.
Thanks for your support.
The Nation published in its August 9-16, 2021 issue an excellent article by Jeet Heer “ subtitled, “Biden, like Kennedy, must confront the right-wing extremism in the military.” However, Heer concludes by “Biden [must]…constantly remind the military that its oath is to the Constitution and not to any political faction.” Regrettably, the author chose not to include “or religion” after “political faction”.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation [MRFF], a non-profit, charitable organization, since its founding by Mikey Weinstein, Esq., a graduate of the Air Force Academy, has battled the influence of the far-right, militant, fundamentalist Christian nationalism to break down the wall of separation between church and state in the Armed Forces. Since its founding in 2006, the MRFF has responded to over 75,000 complaints from active duty personnel, veterans and civilians, often with an extraordinarily high percentage of resolution.
The influence of religion and proselytizing did not end with General Walker. Over time it has infiltrated and infected the military, primarily by means of the influence of evangelical officers and chaplains. MRFF has been a leader in ensuring that members of the Armed Forces receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom along with freedom from having the influence of religion imposed on them.
These are critical times in this country’s existence and it is exceedingly dangerous to allow our military to place religion above the nation’s security and the allegiance to the Constitution.
Herbert J. Hoffman, Ph.D.
(contact information withhheld)