Towards the end of July/2021, MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by 5 active duty U.S. Navy sailors seeking assistance in responding to an ongoing torrent of religious and political declaration by their unit leader during mandatory unit formations. Mikey and MRFF’s quick action and effectiveness was clearly summarized in an email from one of the MRFF clients in an email on September 6, 2021:
Dear Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF,
We are sorry that it took so long to send this note of thanks. Just did not want to get jacked up by our chain of command if they found out which sailors asked the MRFF to help. I am speaking for myself and for 4 other U.S. Navy sailors stationed on board (installation name and location withheld). We all want to thank Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF. All of us are Christians.
What went down is that one of. our Unit leaders (name, rank and title withheld) had been making a lot of statements at Unit mandatory formations about how COVID was a hoax (same with global warming) and that the vaccines were bogus and that wearing masks was also stupid. He said it was all wrong mainly because none of it was “biblical”. He is a super boastful Christian. We tried to let that slide by but he talks about Jesus and his religion all the time and always “invites” us to worship with him at his church. And he is our military direct supervisor. He has said so many negative and judgmental things about democrats, women, Jews, Muslims, nonbelievers and anyone not a Christian like him.
But then he lately started ranting about how bad Islam is because look at how they treat their woman in Afghanistan. He kept pointing out that in America we treat our woman “in a Godly way” because America is a “Christian nation.” We have atheists, Muslims and Jews and others in our Unit. He has gone super confrontational with this talk about all of this now and its killing morale here. So this “Christian nation” shit was the the last straw. So we called Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein also helped one of us before a few years ago when on board USS (naval ship name and class withheld).
Mr. Weinstein told us his plan and called right away and spoke with (Unit Commanders name, title and rank withheld) about what our Unit leader has been saying and doing. We did not know what would go down next.
HOOYAH! Last week we were all of the sudden given a new Unit leader! We are all so happy! The old one has been removed. And our Unit EO rep told us that he has been formally reprimanded for what he’d been saying and doing to us. [emphasis added]
We want to thank our local MRFF contact (sailor’s name, rank and MOS withheld) for getting us to Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF so fast. We want to thank Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF for fighting for us immediately after connecting with the MRFF. And for taking our complaints straight to our Unit Commander. And for getting us this Navy Unit leadership change in only about 9 days total from start to finish. MRFF is legit! We did not think we had a chance for this result to happen but the MRFF led the way for us all. And thank you for keeping our names out of this whole shitshow.
HOOYAH MRFF! (U.S. Navy sailor’s name, rank, unit, installation and MOS all withheld)
MRFF commends the chain-of-command of this Navy unit for its decisive response in this particular incident. However, special note needs to be made of our clients’ ongoing fear of retribution spawned by an environment that all too often allows the type of actions and leadership demeanor described in this email via a de-facto policy of ‘looking the other way’ or outright promotion of individuals who continually spout these unconstitutional religious supremacy ideals throughout the U.S. Military.