MRFF got my commander and his wife to stop

Published On: January 30, 2024|Categories: MRFF's Inbox|4 Comments|

From: (Active Duty Enlisted Member/MRFF Client’s e-mail address withheld)
Subject: MRFF got my commander and his wife to stop
Date: January 29, 2024 at 3:38:30 PM MST
To: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]>

Dear Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF Staff and Reps at (military installation name withheld),

I am a (junior enlisted rank withheld) in the U.S. (military branch withheld) stationed at (military installation name withheld).

I am married with 2 kids. My wife and I were raised as Christians but do not generally go to church on a regular basis.

I wanted to thank Mikey Weinstein and our base MRFF Reps very much for helping me to be able to make my commander and his wife stop providing “Christian Bible counseling” to me and my wife.

We are fairly new to this military base and within the first week of our arrival our commander’s wife called my wife out of the blue to invite her over to their house for what was advertised as an informal “meet and greet” but was not. My wife was surrounded by other spouses of members of our unit and it was a full-fledged Christian bible study and “Christian counseling session” as the commander’s wife put it. . My wife was shocked and hurt and made up an excuse about having to go to a dental appointment to get out of there early. She was asked to “witness” about her “current relationship” with Christ the moment she set foot in the commander’s house.

At work my commander has “invited’ me to attend the early morning bible studies he leads before normal work hours on Tuesday and Thursdays. I agreed to go to one in the hopes of getting him to leave me alone after that but he continued to confront me about no longer attending his “Christian bible counseling” sessions as he calls them. He repeatedly reminded me that “spiritual fitness” is a graded area on my annual performance evals. And also  his wife kept texting my wife to come to their bible studies for military spouses at their residence. 

I spoke to our First Shirt about this but she just shrugged and said there wasn’t anything she could do. My wife and I didn’t know what to do next to stop this intimidation?

Fortunately another enlisted supervisor in my chain did get me together with our base MRFF Rep (name and rank withheld) who got me on the phone within 20 minutes with Mikey Weinstein after work one evening. 

Mikey asked for the contact information of my upper chain of command well above my commander. I gave him the permission to call them. My wife and I were nervous but felt like we had no other choice but to let Mikey and the MRFF intervene for us as no-one else could do it.

Mikey spoke with 2 individuals in that chain and got back to me the very next day and confirmed that he was advised by command after making the formal complaint against my commander and his wife that the harassment would stop right away.

And all I know afterwards is that the early morning “Christian Bible counseling” sessions led by our commander immediately stopped as did the invitations to my spouse to attend the commander’s wife’s bible studies at their on base house!

It’s been almost a month now and there has been no blowback to me or my wife and family as of yet at all. I know it might still happen but so far so good. I do sometimes get the “side eye” from our First Shirt but that doesn’t bother me so far.

If any sort of reprisal happens at all we will contact MRFF right away but we also want to thank everyone at the MRFF for taking this painful stress and burden off of our backs. We cannot thank the MRFF enough!

V/R

(Active Duty Enlisted Member/MRFF Client’s name, rank, MOS/AFSC, title, installation, and military branch all withheld)

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  1. Jeff January 30, 2024 at 4:32 pm

    Good job Mikey and unit MRFF reps! Amazing to me that unit commanders are still being allowed to get away with forcing their religious practices on the people under their command, with no fear of repercussions. This demonstrates that the Pentagon still isn’t serious about enforcing its regulations and protecting the basic rights of service members.

  2. Kat January 30, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    These are the types of events that happened back in the ’90s when I was in the USAF. In addition, during basic training, all recruits would be forced to attend church services (I only remember Christian services being an option) on Sundays – or be required to stay back and clean latrines during that time. So grateful that MRFF is there to make sure this type of thing never has to happen to anyone else.

  3. David S. January 31, 2024 at 5:53 am

    Hey Mikey!

    I’m very glad you were able to successfully intercede on the junior enlisted’s behalf. The commander and his spouse’s behavior in this case were well over the line. Both know, or should know, that intimidating others under his command to join their religious clique is inappropriate and highly suspect, as they’re keenly aware the enlisted are dependent upon excellent performance reviews for career progression and promotion. I’d expect this kind of high-pressure tactic from a morally bankrupt timeshare or used car salesman, but certainly not from anyone who commands others. If he behaves in this way with his fellow Christians, I shudder to think how he interacts with those who don’t share his (or any) faith. Given my own military history, I believe an Inspector General complaint would be more effective in determining just how deep this moral rot goes, and would yield better results for everyone under his command.

    People join the military for a variety of reasons: To serve their country, for a good job allowing entry to the middle class, to see the world, and for higher educational and other VA benefits as examples. They do not join to be harassed both on-duty and off by overeager fanatical religious proselytizers who hold the keys to their future as leverage for their own self-aggrandizement. Those who engage in such behavior should face more serious consequence than just a word from on high to “cut it out”. More disturbing is the First Sergeant’s behavior, which demonstrates a complete failure to stand for good order and discipline within her unit and negligence in protecting junior enlisted personnel facing unethical harassment by their commander. These are very serious problems. This outcome, while beneficial for this junior enlisted, does nothing to address the underlying issues within his unit. Keep fighting the good fight sir!

    Regards,
    David S.

  4. Ironmoped February 12, 2024 at 12:59 pm

    Well, the Democrats fucking did it!

    They rigged the fucking Super Bowl, which proves Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift ARE CIA operatives and that all the Christian Nationalists rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, the MAGA crowd, didn’t stand a chance! It’s the same thing they’re going to do in the next election!

    Wait a minute, the San Francisco 49ers – that’s Nancy Pelosi’s Team! Goddammit! Now I’m really confused!

    OK, let’s figure this out. The San Francisco 49ers. 4 + 9 = 13. The game was played on 02-11-24, which means 2 + 11 = 13, 24 – 13 = 11, add the 2 back in for two CIA operatives (Swift and Kelce), and you have 13! “Q” was right! It is a Deep State operation, 13 being the Q-drop number for Satan! The election will take place on 11-04-24. 11 + 4 = 15. 24 – 15 = 9. The election takes place on the fourth day of the month, 9 + 4 = 13, Satan’s number! See! There you have it! It’s just so plain to see!

    Q and Donald Trump have been Right all along! I mean, we all saw the picture of Joe Biden with the laser eyes saying, “just as we planned it!” How much more evidence do you need? I don’t think Biden is as “sleepy” as we all thought he was! He’s tricking us!

    They stole the Super Bowl right in front of our very eyes! And then Patrick Mahomes, in the post game interview, gives credit to God to throw us off even more, to try to make us think it was a fair game and that the best Team actually won! Don’t be fooled America! This was a rigged game the whole time, just like the 2020 election! The overtime was planned just to give the air of authenticity!

    I’m telling you, if they can rig the Super Bowl , they can rig the next election! They had to put Nancy Pelosi’s Team in the Super Bowl to make it look legit, to throw us off!

    We’re on to you Deep State! Our warrior and Savior Donald Trump is going to purge you like the vermin you are! He’s going to purge the military as well. He’s going to get rid of all those “suckers and losers” in the military, the ones that won’t go to their Commander’s prayer vigils.

    And we’re going to make sure Trump is the next “TIME Person of the Year!” He gave his slot to Taylor Swift this year, because that’s who he is. You know, always thinking of others. TIME came to him and he said, “No, don’t give it to me. We have a young star out there that I want to see on the cover. Give it to her. We want someone we made on the cover!” And she hasn’t even said thank you after he did so much for her, made her millions and millions! She’s so disloyal! You’d think she’d at least offer to pay for some of his legal fees after giving her a great career! A lot of people don’t know this, but he passed, on the down-low, the Taylor Swift Success Act (TSSA) of 2018! Look it up!

    Trump did send out a note asking for Kelce’s support, admitting that he actually likes Kelce. Let’s see if Kelce comes around.

    These Christian Nationalist Commanders are not getting enough credit for keeping Satan out of our country’s military! If they can rig the Super Bowl, just think what they can do to your sons and daughters in the military without the protection of Christian Commanders!

    This is serious folks! We’ve got to get our country back into the Trump fold, it’s our only hope! Trump loves you like a flock of fleeced, er, I mean, sheep!

    Don’t let the Deep State rig another football game!

    Write to your Republican Representatives and tell them you want the Super Bowl investigated! This is just not Right!

    MAGATS – Out The Door In 24!

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