From: (Long-time MRFF supporter and donor’s name withheld)
Subject: MRFF referenced in newly published book
Date: February 22, 2023 at 9:44:51 AM MST
To: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]>
I wish to bring to your attention a newly published book that I find not only timely, but also very relevant to the ongoing mission and activities of the MRFF: ASTROTOPIA, The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race by Mary-Jane Rubenstein.
Rubenstein writes, “… the outer space of today is a place of utopian dreams, salvation dramas, savior complexes, apocalyptic imaginings, gods, goddesses, heroes, and villains … As much as ever, there’s something weirdly religious about space”. She continues, “…the escalating effort to colonize the cosmos … isn’t just rehashing mythological themes; its rehashing [imperial] Christian themes”.
Notably the author directly references MRFF’s alert actions as an explicit validation of her premise; she mentions the 2020 formal complaint over a specifically Christian blessing given at the very onset of a “new branch” of our military – the Space Force.
Simply put, this very acknowledgement highlights the value of your vigilance over toxic religious extremism [Christian fundamentalism] not only in today’s military, but from now creeping into our new push toward “the final frontier”.
I recommend this game changing book regarding the new space race to you, your members and donors.
Best, (name withheld)