Why MRFF Needs Your Help: Don’t Let the Christian Nationalists in Congress Shut Us Down!!!

Published On: July 11, 2023|Categories: News|7 Comments|

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has had plenty of run-ins with Christian nationalist GOP members of Congress over the years. There was MRFF founder and president Mikey Weinstein’s 2014 testimony before the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Personnel that was crashed by members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus who weren’t members of the subcommittee to berate Mikey. (Watch video here.) And there have been a slew of letters written by GOP, and more recently MAGA, House members and senators to the Secretary of Defense or VA Secretary decrying this or that MRFF victory and demanding that these victories be reversed. (See herehereherehere for a few examples.) Mainly consisting of ineffectual letter-writing and some bitching on Fox News and occasionally on the House floor, the GOP’s attacks on MRFF have been easily taken in stride — UNTIL NOW.

In an almost inconceivable action, a Christian nationalist GOP congressman, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, has introduced actual legislation to shut MRFF down — to make it ILLEGAL for Department of Defense personnel to even communicate with MRFF!

Yes, this is how scared the Christian nationalists are of MRFF’s success in fighting for the religious freedom of our service members and against the spread of Christian nationalism in our military. They now see the only way to try to stop us is to make us illegal for military personnel!

Turner’s legislation comes in the form of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2024 — an amendment that was PASSED last week in the GOP-led House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the NDAA.

This is the text of Turner’s unbelievable amendment:

LIMITATION ON USE OF FUNDS RELATED TO MILITARY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOUNDATION.

None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2024 for the Department of Defense may be used—

(1) to communicate with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, its leadership, or its founder; or

(2) to take any action or make any decision as a result of any claim, objection, or protest made by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation without the authority of the Secretary of Defense. 

If this amendment remains in the final bill, it will become LAW, specifically it will become part of Title 10 of the U.S. Code, which includes the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This means that if a military commander even responds to an email from MRFF, or makes any decision as a result of being contacted by MRFF, that commander will be breaking the law and could potentially face a court-martial!

In addition to obstructing MRFF’s crucial ability to communicate with commanders to advocate for the constitutionally-guaranteed rights of our service members, this amendment would also obliterate MRFF’s ability to get responses to or FOIA requests since it would be illegal for any FOIA officer to respond to our requests.

In other words, THE GOAL OF TURNER’S AMENDMENT IS TO SHUT MRFF DOWN!!!

This is nothing short of a completely unconstitutional bill of attainderdefined as “legislation that imposes punishment on a specific person or group of people without a judicial trial,” and explicitly prohibited by Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3 of the Constitution, which states: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

This amendment was passed by the House Armed Services Committee as part of an en bloc package, meaning the committee members were voting on a list of numbers that was rattled off as a package. There was no reading of or debate on each individual amendment, allowing Turner to easily sneak in his reprehensible shut-MRFF-down amendment and get it passed. Turner even seems to be trying to hide this amendment from his constituents, omitting it from the list of NDAA amendments that he’s boasting on his website about getting passed.

We can’t let this horrifying and flagrantly unconstitutional amendment end up in the final NDAA! 


 

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  1. MJ July 14, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    So sick of Re-thugs. They really do seem to want to start a civil war. Or a Nazi-style takeover of our govt. Now I really do understand how civil wars start. It’s pitiful that the voters put these thugs in office. If I were not so old, I’d ask the Brits to let me return to the land of my birth. They have honor and decency. These re-thugs would vote for and act like Nazis… The poppies of the field will be watered by the tears of honorable people.

  2. Susan July 15, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    It’s unfortunate that the minority religious are trying to make everyone follow in their religion. That’s one way to get everyone to stay away from religion and to call it crazy. I want nothing yo do with this religion. It’s a bad way to live.

  3. SusanFindsGod July 21, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Jesus loves you, Susan.

  4. MJ August 7, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    How is it so many people think they know what “Jesus” likes and doesn’t like. And why should we care what Jesus is supposed to like or not? Weak people lean on religion b/c they don’t have their own inner set of powerful guidelines for life. Too sad.

  5. Ironmoped October 11, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    MJ,
    I hear what you’re saying but I would go a bit further. Weak people lean on religion because they’re fucking stupid!

    Having said that, you can be as stupid as you want to be, just don’t expect everyone else to be stupid with you! And especially when it comes to the education of children! You go on with your bad self and teach your little ones they better behave or they’ll go to Hell while the rest of us actually educate our kids!

    Unbeknownst to them, they DO have an inner set of guidelines. They just prefer to let preacher man tell them what to think, while he’s dipping his hand into their wallets, many of them in the check-out generation, ripe for picking, lower hanging fruit!

    The Catholic Church relied on dispensation funding for years. “We’ll get you into Heaven!”

    And the rest have “capitalized” on the pretense of knowing where you’re going to go when you die! Fuck off.

    I’ll do it for free! You’re going to be fucking dead! Worm food! Which is actually a way of “giving back,” to whence you came!

    Religion has stifled human growth and development by at least 1000 years!

    Cancer would have long since been eradicated! So too poverty, childhood diseases, the illnesses of inequality, et al.

    I don’t mind so much their belief in the supernatural, believe what the fuck you want to believe, but keep it to yourself! I don’t need your ten fucking Commandments to know right from wrong. In short, fuck off!

  6. gsst December 21, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    You do though, thats how your parents and their parents and their parents learned it. Where do you think it comes from?

  7. Ironmoped January 13, 2024 at 11:15 am

    Fuck are you talking about? The first three of the ten are Commandments are about a narcissistic God that doesn’t want you going anywhere else for moral guidance, his own insecurities manifest in the control element of the authors of the story! In other words, we want you coming to us for the interpretation!

    And if I can get you to believe the story was divinely inspired, it cements my control over you. You have to come to me and the clergy, we wrote the story! We are the messengers, the rightful owners of the franchise! You can’t get a Dairy Queen at a Whataburger!

    Our goal is to convince you not to try making your own home-made ice cream! You might find out it’s better than what we’re selling!

    Parent’s parent’s parent’s parents? They want you in the infinite regress of control they once wielded. I doubt you’re riding a fucking horse to work every day?

    As my father said, “use your head for something besides a hat rack!” You don’t need preacher man telling you how or what to think! His thoughts are bound by the franchise of his religion, limited! Yours are boundless!

    All you have to do is think! Try it. You might surprise yourself!

    The single most powerful word in any language is “why!”

    “Why” are you not giving yourself the chance to be the best version of yourself?

    “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” Horace Mann.

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