Veteran Praises MRFF’s Fast Response Regarding Our Battle Against Christians-Only Book Displays at VA Medical Center “Patriot Stores”

Published On: October 1, 2022|Categories: Featured News|16 Comments|
Christian book display in VA Patriot Store

If you visit a “Patriot Store” in any VA Medical Center across the country, tough luck if you want some non-Christian reading material. Due to a VA contract with Choice Books, and quite unconstitutionally, the only books available in these government-run stores are Christian books — for veterans, their families (particularly children), and apparently even for their pets, with a title called “Proverbs for Dogs”!!!

MRFF has received complaints from veterans across the country, including from the VA Medical Center where MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein himself receives his medical care, about this exclusively Christian selection of reading material.

In April, MRFF submitted a FOIA request to find out how Choice Books got the contract to be the sole bookseller in the VA’s Patriot Stores, but the VA has failed to respond. Now that over four month have passed since the VA’s deadline to respond, MRFF is preparing to sue the VA to force them to hand over the documents.

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  1. Grey One Talks Sass October 2, 2022 at 2:15 am

    What does the VA have to hide? Did they just give the contract to Choice Books, because to me that would be something someone isn’t ready for the world to know.

    Tough luck VA. You are part of the USA Govt and transparency is supposed to be part of your mission statement.

    Good luck MRFF although I’m sure you won’t need it. Fortune always did favor the prepared.

  2. Grey one eats ass October 2, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    > be VA
    > contract with 3rd party to provide books for sale
    > 3rd party uses market research to determine what books sell best
    > shlomo mcshelekstein-rosenberg esquire sues the VA for not selling ‘Anti-Racist Baby’ and pocket torahs

  3. Ha Goi October 3, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Free market much?? No one is forcing anyone to buy the books on display. If there’s a demand for other books representing other faiths then the market will supply it. BTW… last time I checked the Psalms (see book on display) was written by mostly Jews? Besides that, Jewish veterans are well supplied with FREE religious literature by the JWB and VA Chaplains also are advocates for everyone of every faith or no faith to receive whatever they need or desire.

  4. Grey One Talks Sass October 3, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Free market eh?

    Oh that’s so funny because the minute anything LGBTQA+ is on the shelf and the ‘free market’ advocates are all about practicing cancel culture.

    History bears me out.

  5. Grey one eats ass October 3, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    > “doctors offices that cater to predominantly to middle-aged White veterans need to demand their 3rd party curated book caddy offers tranny fag reading material!”

    This is the epitome of the free market in action. Out of ~1,000,000 service members, across all branches of the Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard, there’s ~18,000 jews. This is a higher representation than there was from the 1950s through the 2000s. So it stands to reason that the free market wouldn’t waste retail shelf space trying to sell books to yamukle wearing child molesters in drag.

    I assume you’re just as ass blasted that there isn’t a collection of black hebrew nationalists hotep books available for purchase? Or Palestinian historical texts?

  6. A rushinf October 3, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Well that about does it for me and the VA…Who needs em… this nation was founded by Christians and Christian ideology plain and simple… all are welcome but you came to our nation… practice how you choose but do not demand we practice your beliefs. If you don’t like it go to where your beliefs are in the majority and have a great life!

  7. Tom O October 3, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    “this nation was founded by Christians and Christian ideology plain and simple” What specific uniquely “Christian ideology” are you referring to?
    “do not demand we practice your beliefs” Which beliefs are claiming that people are demanding that you practice when they criticize a government entity for offering for sale religious books of only YOUR religion?

  8. Grey One Talks Sass October 4, 2022 at 4:37 am

    According to the Choice Books About page on their website the only flavor of religion that offers “Inspirational Content” is Christianity.

    There were no offerings of any other faith.

    In the VA where all must be represented or none can be, awarding the lucrative book distribution contract to Second Choice is looking less like an open sourced search and more like favoritism.

    Trust me when I say if one book promoting LGBTQA+ humans or any one of the thousands of faith in the world was on that stand… Well, I’ll let your imagination fill in the blanks aided by the vitriol spewed at anyone who defends the MRFF.

    Equality always feels like oppression to the previously privileged.

  9. Netizen_James October 4, 2022 at 4:44 am

    >this nation was founded by Christians and Christian ideology plain and simple<

    Do please tell us which book of the Bible they got 'consent of the governed' from, I can't seem to find that anywhere….

    No, our Founding fathers wrote and ratified our godless Constitution creating our secular government for good reasons. We ignore their wisdom to our peril. To our real and actual peril in cases like the Philadelphia Bible Riots where we saw Christians murdering each other in the streets and burning down each other's churches over which VERSION of the Bible was to be used in the tax-funded schools – when the correct answer was clearly NEITHER ONE.

    No, neither 'consent of the governed', nor 'separation of church and state' nor the idea of a 'Republic' are derived from Biblical sources. According the the Bible (Romans13:1-6), Washington and Jefferson and Adams and all them were evil blasphemous heretics for rebelling against the God-Given-Authority of King George III.

    (and no George, we will NOT 'be back'! :-) )

    N_J

  10. Grey One Talks Sass October 4, 2022 at 4:51 am

    Tom O,

    You and I both know the Constitution is devoid of God. I’ve been commenting here for a while and I’ve never witnessed one of these ‘God botherers’ answer you, because they can’t.

    As I see it, the commentators above who espouse ‘Christian’ values are the willing victims of David Barton, Christian Nationalist historian who has been fact checked, debunked, and shamed by Constitutional scholars when he misquotes our Founding Fathers. The man has some explaining to do when he eventually crossed over, specifically his ignoring one of the big ten – Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor – in the King James vernacular.

    I’d say it wasn’t their fault but when facts have been presented to folks like those who mock me they attack the facts, not the lies they believed.

    When one knows better they do better. Except for the trolls here. They double down and take out a mortgage on the house – the opposite of doing better.

  11. Tom O October 4, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    ” I’ve been commenting here for a while and I’ve never witnessed one of these ‘God botherers’ answer you, because they can’t.” You’ve forgotten about the ONE time a theocrat did try to answer. Refresh your memory at https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2020/07/american-independence/

  12. Tom O October 4, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    The “Judeo-Christian Roots of America’s Founding Ideals and Documents” linked from Allan Baumann’s 3rd comment on the MRFF page referred in my previous comment contains an amusing example of theocrats changing their “principles” to fit the situation of the moment. Any regular reader of comments here has seen theocrats deny that the Constitution requires “Separation of Church and State.” Look at https://nccs.net/blogs/articles/judeo-christian-roots-of-americas-founding-ideals-and-documents and see what the 2nd-to-last “principle” is.

    The principles on which the US constitution was actually based were an attempt to prevent the repression prevalent in European monarchies.
    Here’s a comparison
    MONARCHY
    All power comes from above: God > king, king > subjects, and it’s unlimited
    Some people are inherently superior to others
    Everyone has to follow the religion the authorities impose on them
    Truth is what the authorities say it is, and no one is allowed to question that
    The people exist to serve their “superiors”
    US CONSTITUTION
    Government derives its power from the consent of the governed
    Everyone has equal rights: no one is inherently “better” than anyone else
    Anyone can believe in whatever religion (or none) they choose, and government can’t favor any religion over another
    Truth is best found by free debate, where anyone can question any belief
    Government exists to serve the people

    Which of those two sets of “principles” is more similar to those of Christianity, or organized religion in general?

  13. Tom O October 4, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    If you think Netizen_James’ comment that “According the the Bible (Romans13:1-6), Washington and Jefferson and Adams and all them were evil blasphemous heretics for rebelling against the God-Given-Authority of King George III” is satirical or hyperbolic, find some of the Trumpists’ claims that anyone who opposes Trump is “rebelling against God,” which Adam Kinzinger’s relatives said he was doing by voting for Trump’s 2nd impeachment.

  14. Grey One Talks Sass October 5, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Correct Tom O – I had forgotten that conversation. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. (OT – hope G is well)

    I stand by my statement though that none of the “Christian God is in the Constitution” pushers can say with evidence where their specifically ‘Judeo-Christian’ values appear in the Constitution of the United States. Alan took a swing and totally missed. Nice that he tried – I give him credit for that.

    The “Christian God is in the Constitution” types of folks sure do like to make the claim. Over and over to the power of infinity. I guess what bothers me the most isn’t the humans and bots which spew this drivel, it’s the elected officials who do the same thing. Shouldn’t they know better? I think they should know better, just saying.

  15. Tom O October 6, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Did you look at https://nccs.net/blogs/articles/judeo-christian-roots-of-americas-founding-ideals-and-documents and see what the 2nd-to-last “principle” is? Seldom have I seen a better example of theocrats changing their “principles” to fit their rhetorical needs of the moment.

  16. [email protected]]DN October 8, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    burn tom o and gray one talks sass alive. feed the charred remains to blacks

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