Since its inception in 2005, MRFF and its Founder and President, Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, have worked tirelessly to protect the rights of our clients by fostering a national discussion, influencing military policies, and pursuing legal remedies through our court system. Your support has made this vital work possible.
November 2023 – MRFF’s Ongoing Client Successes Expose Blatant Sectarian Religious Branding of POW/MIA Memorial Tables Within Federal Facilities: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has once again been approached by group of patients at a VA Medical Facility regarding … [read more]
October 2023 – MRFF Client Numbers Top 85,000 as Individual Clients Inspired to Stand for Their Own Religious Freedoms (…and those of all others) With MRFF Backing: The total number of clients served since MRFF’s establishment in 2005 reached 85,007 on September 12, 2023 … [read more]
August 2023 – And once again … MRFF Assists Client in Quickly Ending the Practice of Sectarian Religious ‘Territorial Marking’ of a POW/MIA Memorial at a VA Facility: On July 31, 2023, an Air Force veteran (…and MRFF client) receiving care at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania filed a complaint with the facility’s Patient Advocate regarding the conspicuous placement of a Bible on the POW/MIA Table located in the ‘museum display area.’ … [read more]
August 2023 – MRFF Immediately Shuts-Down ‘Witnessing’ NCO Who Threatened Subordinates Regarding Contact with MRFF: 22 active duty U.S. Marines contacted MRFF for immediate assistance even after they were verbally threatened by an aggressively proselytizing senior NCO that contacting MRFF would be “very dangerous” because any who did so might be prosecuted under Article 92 of the UCMJ for disobeying a lawful order etc. … [read more]
July 2023 – MRFF Action Results in Immediate Removal of Illicit Religious Proselytizing Material from Athens (Georgia) VA Clinic Patient Check-In Counter: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel on behalf of themselves and at least 10 other concerned veterans regarding the Athens (Georgia) VA Clinic ongoing display of sectarian religious material located at the clinic’s patient check-in … [read more]
June 2023 – MRFF Defends Active Duty Client from Christian Superior Officer ‘Offended’ by Classic American Literature Written by WWII Combat Veteran: A self-professed “believing Christian” military commander was offended by seeing one of his subordinates reading the American literary classic ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger (WWII Combat veteran). … [read more]
April 2023 – MRFF Immediately Ends Plan to Adopt Blatantly Unconstitutional ‘Crusader’ Unit Name/Patch: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by several active duty members (all identifying as Christians) of a Special Operations Unit regarding the impending plans by their Team Leader to change the Unit’s Name & Patch to highly offensive symbols historically associated with blatant sectarian religious nationalism… [read more]
April 2023 – MRFF Assist Clients in Standing Up Against Outrages Anti-Semitic Acts by Commanding Officer: An active duty couple (both junior officers) serving in separate units at the same installation contacted the MRFF Field Representative at that installation, back in January/2023. The couple relayed a story of un-relenting and putridly un-constitutional anti-Semitic abuse being spewed toward them while on duty… [read more]
March 2023 – Austin VA Clinic Removes Large Cross In Main Lobby Within 90 Minutes of MRFF Demand: MRFF assisted 19 U.S. Military veteran clients, including a Christian youth minister/combat veteran, who objected to the display of a large Christian cross in the main lobby of the VA Clinic located in Austin, Texas … [read more]
February 2023 – USMMA Superintendent Significantly Augments MRFF’s Constitutional Victory Regarding Sectarian Religious Painting Looming Over U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: On January 10, 2023, the Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Vice Admiral Joanna Nunan quickly responded to MRFF’s initial demands on behalf of 17 clients (now up to 26 clients) in regards to the gigantic sectarian religious “Christ on the Water” painting… [read more]
January 2023 – MRFF Demand Leads to Immediate Changes to Gigantic Sectarian Religious Painting at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein received an email January 10, 2023 from a MRFF client and alumnus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) representing a group of 18 aggrieved Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist… [read more]
December 2022 – MRFF Action Leads to Quick Removal of Statement Declaring the U.S. Military as “Jesus’ Army”: The Pine Bluff Arsenal (Arkansas) was established in 1941 in support of the nation’s WWII efforts. The mission of the Arsenal included the manufacturing of incendiary grenades and bombs, and the manufacturing, loading, and storage of war gases… [read more]
December 2022 – MRFF Inspired Client and Active Duty Officer Motivates IG Training Command-Team Colonel to Immediately Relocate Highly Sectarian Religious Painting After ‘Name-Dropping’ MRFF: The mission of the Dept. of Defense Office of Inspector General as currently posted on their website https://www.dodig.mil/About/Mission/: Our Mission -To detect and deter… [read more]
November 2022 – MRFF Action Forces Immediate Relocation of Sectarian Holiday Display and Recruitment Message from Military Installation’s Headquarters (HQ) Building: This situation created by a group of officers and their spouses was also immediately followed by the now obligatory wails/screeches of ‘Cancel Culture’ as their attempts at imposing their religious ‘culture’ on others failed so quickly. … [read more]
October 2022 – Three U.S. Senators Demand Answers from USAFA Based on MRFF’s Client Advocacy & Exposure of Religious Bias in Scheduling of Critical Training: MRFF Founder/President Mikey Weinstein reported in The DailyKos on October 4, 2022 that the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) had scheduled the ‘Commandant’s Training Day’ … [read more]
August 2022 – MRFF Intervention Quickly Foils De-Facto ‘Death Sentence’ Issued by Out-of-Control Religious Zealot & VA Physician: U.S. Navy Veteran Gary Rinsem contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein for assistance in responding to an incredibly negligent and highly abusive health care environment that has been festering at the Phoenix VA Clinic. … [read more]
August 2022 – MRFF Stops Blatant Sectarian Religious Harassment of Jewish Air Force Pilot: MRFF was contacted by an Air Force Pilot and family that was being relentlessly harassed over his Jewish faith by his commander and the commander’s wife. The MRFF client’s commander and his wife held weekly ‘Bible Study’ that they routinely and aggressively pressured the commander’s … [read more]
August 2022 – MRFF Assists Clients in Quickly Ending Hyper-Sectarian Religious Proselytizing at Mandatory Military Formation: MRFF President & Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by 16 active duty military members for assistance in responding to the ongoing practice of blatant sectarian religious proselytizing by their first-line military commander and his wife at “Christmas in July … [read more]
July 2022 – Numerous Military Women Approach MRFF for Assistance in Protecting Their Reproductive Health Against Extremist Christians within Their Respective Chains-of-Command: On June 24, 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case which overturned the ‘settled law precedent’ contained in Roe v Wade … [read more]
June 2022 – MRFF Demand Leads to Immediate Cancellation of Appearance of U.S. Army Band at Blatantly Sectarian Religious Event: The 246th Army Band of the South Carolina National Guard was scheduled to perform at an event on Sunday, June 26, 2022 innocuously called the “Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty”. This appearance by the 246th was scheduled to be held at the … [read more]
June 2022 – MRFF Action Leads to Rapid Letter of Reprimand for ‘Mysterious’ Proselytizing Major: MRFF was contacted via email on June 19, 2022 by a client representing a total of 37 active-duty members of a large unit on a very large military base. Self-identified as a Christian and the son-in-law of a preacher at a large church, the MRFF client representative described their group as mostly … [read more].
April 2022 – MRFF Assists 26 Clients in Ending Flagrantly Unconstitutional Plan to Lower the American Flag to Sectarian Religious Interests: An active-duty U.S. Military Section Chief had planned to have the American flag located outside of the HQ Building of a U.S. Military Installation lowered at half-staff on Good Friday (April 15, 2022) “in honor of the Easter blood sacrifice of our savior Jesus Christ”… [read more]
April 2022 – MRFF Assists Clients in Stopping Unconstitutional ‘Optional’ Easter Celebration (… and Uniquely Macabre Stigmata Presentation): 14 active-duty clients requested assistance from MRFF after their unit commander (along with the unit commander’s wife & children) planned an ‘optional Easter celebration’ during normal duty hours and in uniform at the unit’s main briefing assembly room. … [read more]
March 2022 – MRFF Assists Clients in Ending Unconstitutional Sectarian Religious Territorial Marking at Another Federal Facility: MRFF was contacted by 10 VAMC employees and/or patient complainants at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico regarding a blatantly sectarian religious display at the main medical building’s ‘Patriot Store’… [read more]
March 2022 – MRFF Assists Clients (Once Again) in Standing Up Against Unconstitutional Religious Branding of POW/MIA Tables at U.S. Military Facilities: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was informed via email by a client on March 6, 2022 that another attempt was being made to brand a POW/MIA Table at a U.S. Military Installation as a remembrance of exclusively Christian military personnel… [read more]
February 2022 – MRFF’s Original 2019 Victory at Manchester VA Medical Center Affirmed and Expanded: n January 28, 2019, MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein contacted the administrative staff of the VA Medical Facility located in Manchester, New Hampshire on behalf of 14 (currently up to 17) veteran clients regarding the unconstitutional placement of a clearly sectarian religious text…[read more]
October 2021 – MRFF Rescues Halloween from Deputy Commander’s Religious Zealotry In Less Than 4 Hours: In about the same amount of time it takes to complete a World Series game, MRFF was able to successfully assist 51 active duty military clients (primarily Christian but including many faiths and ‘non-believers’ alike) in saving Halloween … [read more]
October 2021 – MRFF Assists Client in Standing Up Against Pervasive Form of Illicit Religious Proselytizing: An active duty U.S. Military Officer contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein on October 6, 2021 regarding a mandatory Commander’s Call that ended with a senior enlisted leader openly engaging in sectarian religious proselytizing via a Biblical passage ‘shared’ with the assembled military personnel. … [read more]
September 2021 – MRFF Assists Clients in Ending Highly Unprofessional Proselytizing Effort by DOD Civilian Team Leader: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted on September 1, 2021 by a client representing 13 MRFF Clients (7 of which identify as Christians themselves) at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. These clients asked for assistance in dealing with the blatantly unprofessional practice by GS-12 USAF civilian … [read more]
September 2021 – MRFF Action Leads to Rapid Removal of U.S. Navy Unit Leader Promoting Christian Supremacy and Right-Wing Conspiracies: 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. … [read more]
August 2021 – MRFF Intervention Leads to Removal of Mass Production Sectarian Religious Statue from Main Entrance of a Mission Command Complex at Ft. Dix (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst): MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was initially contacted via email on June 28, 2021 with a set of photographs taken at the primary entrance lobby … [read more]
June 2021 – Ft. Sill Removes Sectarian Religious Messaging from Main Gate Entrance: MRFF received numerous complaints regarding a religious banner posted at the main gate at Ft. Sill near Lawton, OK. Based on these complaints, MRFF’s highly experience client representative at Ft. Sill petitioned … [read more]
May 2021 – MRFF Forces Quick Removal of Blatantly Unconstitutional Religious Proselytizing on Installations Official Website: Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBMHH) is located in the Arlington, VA area and is home to the Arlington National Cemetery Honor Guard. MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by over 20 senior military … [read more]
May 2021 – MRFF Action Leads to Immediate Response and Review of Religious Content Policy by U.S. Army: The May/2021 issue of At Ease magazine included a cover photograph of traveling memorial created by the private organization Veterans & Athletes United (VAU)… [read more]
April 2021 – MRFF Forces Immediate Removal of DoD Website Article Seeking Apology from Jews for Killing Jesus: In an article for DailyKos, MRFF Senior Research Director reported on an article containing a blatantly anti-Semitic screed posted to the ‘News’ website… [read more]
April 2021 – MRFF Quickly Forces Immediate Removal of Anti-Semitic “Proud Christian” Section Chief: After reading about a Colorado state district court judge recently resigning after acknowledging use of bullying racist statements with employees that were often cloaked… [read more]
April 2021 – MRFF Intervention Immediately Ends Practice of Lowering U.S. Flag in Shockingly Sectarian Religious Tribute: Five active duty Christian U.S. Navy Sailors contacted MRFF when they found themselves under orders to lower the U.S. Flag in a blatant… [read more]
April 2021 – MRFF Assistance Leads to Immediate Resolution of Clients’ 6-Month Attempt at Religious Accommodation: An active duty Muslim U.S. Army Soldier attempted to work with another Muslim Soldier to request religious accommodations for observing… [read more]
March 2021 – MRFF Forces Town of Monument, Colorado Into Scared Attempt to Hide From It’s Unconstitutional Promotion of Sectarian Religion: On October 14, 2020, Ben Farrell of the Tri-Lakes Tribune/Colorado Springs Gazette reported on Michael Carlson’s Eagle Scout Project… [read more]
March 2021 – MRFF Action Forces Immediate End to Distribution of “TRUMP IS STILL MY PRESIDENT” Bumper Stickers: A representative of 5 active duty military members contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein after one of their NCOs (non-commissioned officer) was seen… [read more]
March 2021 – MRFF Assists Client in Securing Change to Unconstitutional Selective Religious Filtering at VA Medical Center: MRFF was initially contacted in September/2019 by a reserve officer and veteran who receives treatment at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts (a.k.a Bedford VAMC) regarding an inability to access certain websites … [read more]
February 2021 – MRFF Intervention on Behalf of Client Leads to Immediate End of Christian Music Playing on Government Contracted Bus Service to Milwaukee MEPS: MRFF was contacted via email on February 6, 2021 by a client regarding what was essentially a ‘captive audience’ situation for sectarian… [read more]
January 2021 – MRFF Quickly Exposes Army National Guard Chaplain for Accusing Joint Chiefs-of-Staff of Sedition and Posting Numerous QAnon Style Political Conspiracies: A MRFF client (and active duty Army Captain) emailed President/Founder Mikey Weinstein on January 28, 2021… [read more]
January 2021 – MRFF’s Swift Action Leads to End of Sectarian Religious Training Course at Air Force School: An elite U.S. military school recently added an elective course, designed and taught by a faculty member, which was a bible study specifically of the Christian faith. Several faculty members immediately… [read more]
December 2020 – MRFF Action Leads to Immediate End of Military Supervisor’s On-Duty Wearing of Sectarian Religious ‘MAGA’ Themed Hat: MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein was contacted on behalf of 14 active duty clients who felt compelled to contact MRFF based on illegal and… [read more]
November 2020 – MRFF Intervention Leads to Immediate Removal of “Christian Fishing License”: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted on November 8, 2020 by a client representing 13 U.S. Air Force enlisted airmen for assistance in responding to an episode of blatant… [read more]
October 2020 – MRFF Demand Leads to DoD Action Against Rep. Doug Collins’ (GA-9) Illegal Senate Campaign Activities: MRFF Senior Research Director Chris Rodda posted an article to DailyKos on October 20, 2020 detailing numerous and aggressively blatant violations by Representative Doug Collins… [read more]
October 2020 – MRFF Action Leads to Reprimand/Removal of Commander Pressuring Subordinates to Attend “Purity Ball”: A local military installation MRFF representative was contacted recently by an active duty military family after their Commanding Officer began placing non-stop pressure on the father… [read more]
October 2020 – MRFF Assists Client in Obtaining Appropriate Punishment for Sexual Assault/Harassment by U.S. Army Chaplain at JBLM: In late July/2020, MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein contacted Lt. General Randy A. George, Commanding General of I Corps stationed with… [read more]
August 2020 – MRFF Researchers Rapidly Assist Jewish War Veterans Uncover Identity of International Anti-Semite who Issued Death Threats Against Staff Member: On Wednesday morning August 26, 2020, a staff member of Jewish War Veterans (JWV) of the United States received several extremely anti-Semitic… [read more]
August 2020 – MRFF Assists Clients in Quickly Ending Blatantly Sectarian Religious Proselytizing to SOCCENT Personnel: The U.S. Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) is a subordinate unified command of U.S. Central Command. It is responsible for planning special operations throughout the… [read more]
August 2020 – MRFF Researchers Aid Client in Successfully Removing Religious Slogan Patch from Gate Security Personnel Uniforms in Middle Eastern Deployment: An active duty officer and MRFF client contacted President/Founder Mikey Weinstein regarding his well-founded security concerns due to… [read more]
August 2020 – MRFF Intervention Leads to Removal of Illegally Branded ‘Nuclear Bibles’ at NPTU: The Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) is a technical school operated by the U.S. Navy in Goose Creek, South Carolina to train enlisted sailors, officers, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) civilians and… [read more]
July 2020 – Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) Client Assistance Count Reaches Milestone of 70,000 Clients: MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein announced on Thursday, August 6, 2020 that the number of clients assisted by the Foundation since its founding in December/2005 had reached… [read more]
July 2020 – MRFF Joins Large Coalition in Successfully Ending Confirmation of Blatant Anti-Muslim Bigot and Racist to High Level DoD Policy Post: Donald Trump submitted the nomination of Anthony J. Tata to the post of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy with the Department of Defense to the… [read more]
July 2020 – 64 Minutes for MRFF to End Religious “Battle Study” Training by Self-Proclaimed ‘Religious Zealot’ Representative of Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU): A current Marine Reserve JAG Officer contacted former Air Force JAG Officer (and MRFF President/Founder)… [read more]
July 2020 – MRFF’s Steadfast Pressure Leads to Walla Walla, WA Police Officer Decision to Remove Nazi ‘SS’ Symbol Prominently Displayed on Forearm Tattoo: On July 8, 2020, Police Officer Nat Small issued a statement through the Walla Walla Police Department that included the following decision: “I have decided to alter my tattoo to eliminate the “Double S” portion” … [read more]
July 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper Fully Supports MRFF’s Demands Regarding Use of Military Command Social Media Platforms for Religious Proselytizing: On May 14, 2020 Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and nineteen other fundamentalist Christian Supremacist/Dominionist members of the House… [read more]
June 2020 – MRFF’s Relentless Tenacity Leads to VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) Decision to Remove Swastika Adorned Headstones Maintained in VA National Cemeteries: MRFF was originally contacted on May 10, 2020 by a retired senior U.S. Military officer and military academy graduate for assistance regarding the existence of… [read more]
May 2020 – MRFF’s Impressive String of Victories Leads to New Social Media Guidelines Issued by U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, several U.S. Military Chaplains have chosen to exploit the opportunity of this worldwide crisis to push their individual sectarian religious messages onto social media communication platforms… [read more]
May 2020 – MRFF Assists Clients in Rapid Removal/Relocation of ‘Marital Advice’ Sectarian Proselytizing Messages: On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, U.S. Army Chaplain 1st Lt. Darryl Kemp posted the following message to the 3rd Infantry Division’s battalion level Facebook page maintained for important informational purposes by the command of Fort… [read more]
May 2020 – 20 Christian Nationalist Members of Congress Co-Sign Letter to SecDef Esper Complaining of MRFF’s String of Recent Victories: MRFF extends it’s sincere appreciation to 20 Christian Nationalist members of Congress who chose to co-sign a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper highlighting several recent victories by MRFF on behalf of its clients. [read more]
May 2020 – MRFF Assists Clients in Ending Sectarian Religious Proselytizing by Superior Officer to ‘Captive’ Audience During Stay-at-Home Orders Due to COVID-19 Pandemic: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by 28 active duty military clients regarding an Air Force Officer who took advantage of the Stay-at-Home [read more]
April 2020 – MRFF Once Again Assists Numerous Clients in Removal of Sectarian Religious Proselytizing Video Posted to a Military Installation’s Official Facebook Page Under Cover of COVID-19 Pandemic: A clearly sectarian Christian proselytizing video by Deputy Garrison Chaplain, Major Christian Goza… [read more]
April 2020 – MRFF Demand Leads to Immediate Removal of Overtly Sectarian Religious Video from Ft. Drum (NY) Official Facebook Page: MRFF received complaints and a request for assistance from 8 active duty U.S. Army clients with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York… [read more]
April 2020 – MRFF Action Leads to Immediate Removal of Sectarian Religious Video from U.S. Army Garrison- Ft. Hamilton (Brooklyn, NY) Official Facebook Page: While attempting to describe “building community through servant leadership”, a 2 minute and 10 second video opened with Fort Hamilton’s Chaplain.. [read more]
March 2020 – MRFF Action on Behalf of 26 Clients Results in Rapid Change to Religiously Based Discrimination in CREDO Marriage and Family Enrichment Program: The Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) operates with the mission “To strengthen spiritual well-being and individual resilience through… [read more]
March 2020 – Air Base Command Removes All POW/MIA Memorial Tables Rather Than Remove Sectarian Religious Branding: A Department of Defense contractor (and Air Force veteran) stationed at Al Udeid (Qatar) Air Base contacted MRFF President/Founder, Mikey Weinstein regarding the religious branding… [read more]
February 2020 – Scott AFB Immediately Removes Base Commander’s Name from National Prayer Breakfast Invitation after MRFF Intervention: Fifteen United States Air Force (USAF) officers, enlisted personnel and civilians contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein for assistance after receiving a directive from the 375 Air Mobility Wing… [read more]
January 2020 – MRFF Action Leads to AAFES Removal of Proselytizing “Jesus Candy” from Military Base Exchanges: MRFF was contacted in mid-December 2019 by multiple dozens of military service member clients (mostly Christians) regarding the distribution of “Jesus Candy” at base exchanges operated by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service… [read more]
December 2019 – MRFF Assists Clients in Rapid Relocation of Nativity Scene from Military Unit’s Command HQ to Chapel Grounds: Over 100 active duty clients (over ¾ self-identified Christians themselves) objected to the decision by their unit commander to allow the installation of a Christmas Nativity Scene… [read more]
November 2019 – MRFF Assists Clients in Challenging Commander’s Ongoing Practice of Using Annual Thanksgiving Event for Sectarian Religious Proselytizing: Eleven active duty U.S. Military members contacted MRFF for assistance in responding to their Commander’s continuing practice of using a Thanksgiving luncheon for the purpose of sectarian religious proselytizing to subordinates. [read more]
October 2019 – MRFF Provides Crucial Assistance (Twice) to Clients Seeking to Save Halloween Party for Military Unit and Their Families: MRFF received a thank you email on October 27, 2019 from an active duty client (junior officer rank), representing 15 total clients, located at a U.S. Military Facility… [read more]
August 2019 – MRFF Actions Exposes Trump/Pence Clear Contempt for the U.S. Constitution in Favor of Corrupt Christian Dominionist: MRFF’s actions on behalf of 17 clients (predominantly Christian along with Jewish, Native American, Muslim) at the Veterans Administration Medical Clinic (VMAC) located in Manchester, NH began in January/2019… [read more]
August 2019 – MRFF Intervention Leads to Resignation of Rabbi Accused of Sexual Harassment of Active Duty Soldier’s Wife: On July 29, 2019, the Seattle Times reported that Traci Moran, an observant Jewish woman married to an enlisted soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord… [read more]
July 2019 – MRFF Demand Leads to Quick Removal of Official Military Emblems from Openly Sectarian Religious Jewelry: In early July/2019, MRFF received information from a loyal supporter informing us that a civilian corporation named Shields of Strength, LLC was selling Christian themed jewelry using officially trademarked military emblems on jewelry containing Bible verses… [read more]
July 2019 – MRFF Assists 13 Active Duty Soldiers in Standing Up to Religious Proselytizing by Officer Delivering 4th of July Safety Briefing: Numerous active duty soldiers contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein on July 1, 2019 after their unit’s Safety Officer delivered a ‘4th of July Safety Briefing’ with an admonition that “none of you should be independent from Jesus” and that “the only real permanent safety in life is to accept Jesus as Lord and savior.”… [read more]
June 2019 – Islamophobic Author Disinvited by Army War College Due to MRFF and Aligned Organizations: Islamophobic author Raymond Ibrahim was scheduled to appear at the U.S. Army War College (Carlisle, PA) to give a presentation on his latest book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, on June 19 at the college’s prestigious 50th Annual Lecture Series… [read more]
January 2019 – VA Medical Center Immediately Responds to MRFF Demand to Remove Religious Branding of Facility POW/MIA Memorial Table: On January 28, 2019, MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein contacted the administrative staff of the VA Medical Facility located in Manchester, New Hampshire on behalf of 14 veteran clients regarding the unconstitutional placement of a clearly sectarian religious text on the POW/MIA Missing Man Table located in the facility’s entry area… [read more]
November 2018 – MRFF Responds to Overt Sectarian Religious Branding of Thanksgiving Event at Major Overseas Coalition Military Installation: A Thanksgiving event on November 22, 2018 was held for U.S. Military personnel in conjunction with personnel from U.S. Coalition Partners at the Al Udeid Air Base located southwest of Doha, Qatar. This Thanksgiving event included a ‘Bible shaped’ centerpiece cake featuring overt religious passages… [read more]
November 2018 – Commander Immediately Rescinds Order that Muslim Soldier Dress-Up as Santa Claus: While serving oversees in a Muslim nation, a Muslim U.S. Army soldier informed MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein that his unit was told by his commanding officer that this year the unit would not be having a (unit name withheld) “Holiday Party” but instead a (unit name withheld) “Christmas Party” because… [read more]
November 2018 – MRFF Intervention Leads to Cancellation of ‘Best Christian’ Award at Quarterly All Hands Call: Several MRFF clients contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein in early September/2018 requesting assistance in responding to a blatantly illegal religious preference activity being conducted by their unit’s Sergeant… [read more]
November 2018 – MRFF Assist Soldiers at Ft. Huachuca (Arizona) in Responding to Attempts to Deny Religious Support Services: A lay leader at a Jewish synagogue adjacent to Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein to request assistance in responding to numerous actions by the installation’s Senior Chaplain to remove religious support services for Jewish soldiers… [read more]
September 2018 – Soldiers Uphold Their Constitutional Rights Against Forced ‘Bible Study’ with MRFF’s Assistance: 21 active duty U.S. Army soldiers contacted the MRFF representative at their installation after being told that their unit Commander was holding a ‘morale-building bible study’ each morning at 0930 in the unit’s assembly room… [read more]
July 2018 – Another Day…Another MRFF Client Victory for Secular Government over Sectarian Religious Supremacy: A patient at the VA Medical Center located in Buffalo, NY requested assistance from MRFF regarding recurring attempts to religiously brand the POW/MIA Missing Man Table maintained at the facility… [read more]
July 2018 – MRFF Thanks USAF Wing Commander For Valiant Action Against Religious Favoritism: MRFF was contacted in early May/2018 by 31 active duty members of the U.S. Air Force stationed at F.E. Warren AFB located in Cheyenne, Wyoming regarding the inclusion of a sectarian religious text (The Bible)… [read more]
July 2018 – MRFF Assists Senior Christian Military Chaplain to Achieve Swift Resolution to Commander’s Investigation: A senior active duty Christian Military Chaplain contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein for assistance in responding to an investigation initiated after a sermon he preached during a worship service at his military base chapel… [read more]
June 2018 – MRFF Demand Forces Immediate End to Illegal Use of Military Emblems by Sectarian Religious Supremacist Organization: A senior active duty Christian Military Chaplain contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein for assistance in responding to an investigation… [read more]
June 2018 – MRFF Assists Evangelical Clients in Ending Common Usage of Language Disrespectful to Their Faith: MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted on behalf of 8 active duty soldiers regarding the constant use of language considered abusive and disrespectful towards the cornerstone of their religious faith… [read more]
May 2018 – MRFF Assists Active Duty Clients in Ending Practice of Coerced Prayers During Unit’s Duty Status/Assignment Meetings: 14 active duty clients stationed at a U.S. Military facility in Hawaii contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein seeking assistance regarding their unit commander’s practice of holding coerced sectarian religious… [read more]
April 2018 – MRFF’s Important Client Advocacy Role Highlighted During Senate Hearing on Secretary of State Nominee: CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become the next Secretary of State highlighted MRFF’s commitment to client advocacy… [read more]
April 2018 – MRFF Intervention Leads to Immediate End of Sectarian Religious Promotion Emails at U.S. Army Installation: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted seeking assistance in responding to a sectarian religious email issued on behalf of the Command Chaplain of the U.S. Army TARDEC (Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center) located in Warren, Michigan… [read more]
March 2018 – MRFF Intervention Leads to Immediate Cancellation of Commander’s Planned Proselytizing Effort Via Sectarian Religious Message to Unit: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by 11 active duty military members of multiple faiths who were denied assistance by their chain of command in stopping a highly inappropriate, unconstitutional, and divisive ‘Easter Message’ from their commanding officer. The commander’s actions were described in an email from… [read more]
March 2018 – MRFF Clients Successfully Confront Commander with History of Religious Proselytizing: After contacting MRFF for assistance, 11 active duty service members confronted their Commander over the use of sectarian religious based leadership training. The Commander was described by these MRFF clients as heavily involved with both Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF) and the Navigators and had a history of proselytizing to subordinates… [read more]
March 2018 – Ft. Huachuca Commander Agrees to Appropriate Time/Place/Manner Restrictions on Spouse’s Religious Proselytizing: Ft. Huachuca is located 15 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border in the town of Sierra Vista, AZ and is home to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center. MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein began receiving complaints in August 2017 concerning inappropriate religious proselytizing by the spouse of the recently installed (July/2017) commanding officer… [read more]
March 2018 – USAFA Association of Graduates’ Publication to Carry Apology for Endowment CEO’s ‘In Your Face’ Display of Sectarian Religious Dominance: In December 2017, the newly appointed CEO of the Air Force Academy’s Endowment Fund retired Lt. General Mike Gould was featured in an introductory article published in the USAFA Association of Graduates’ (AOG) publication (Checkpoints). Accompanying this article was a photo of Gould (USAFA Superintendent 2009-2013) wearing a distinctive red tie emblazoned with stylized fish symbols… [read more]
February 2018 – MRFF’s Intervention Leads to Immediate Removal of Surgeon Who Forced Pre-Op Prayer on Patient’s Family: In early 2018, an active duty member of the U.S. Military was scheduled for an operation required to fix a serious medical issue resulting from prior combat deployments. While awaiting the operation in the waiting area of the military medical facility, the patient’s wife, sister-in-law, and children were approached by the surgeon (and military officer) scheduled to perform the operations… [read more]
February 2018 – MRFF’s Long Term Positive Impact on USAFA’s Command Climate of Christian Dominance and Prominence Made Clear in Internal Email: The U.S. Air Force Academy’s (USAFA) 2018 National Prayer Luncheon was held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Arnold Hall Ballroom on the Academy campus. This event is organized under the direction of the Chaplain of the U.S. Air Force Academy. In preparation for this event, internal emails circulated among USAFA’s Department Heads encouraged attendance and sought “representation” of the USAFA administrative leadership at the National Prayer Luncheon… [read more]
December 2017 – MRFF Demand Leads to Review of U.S. Army Band’s Performance at Sectarian Religious Event: The U.S. Army Band’s (a.k.a. “Pershing’s Own”) Brass and Percussion Ensemble performed on December 17, 2017 at the Washington D.C. Mormon Temple’s ‘Festival of Lights’. A client requested MRFF assistance regarding this performance based on the use of a military group to perform at a sectarian religious holiday event… [read more]
December 2017 – MRFF Assistance Leads to Immediate End of Proselytizing and Anti-Semitism Directed at Female Military Pilot Trainee: A female pilot trainee was facing both direct and in-direct antisemitism while a student at a well-known military training base. This MRFF client had also been forced to endure nearly constant Christian proselytizing by her immediate chain of command, particularly two of her Instructor Pilots and her unit’s senior ranking officer… [read more]
November 2017 – Investigation Instigated by MRFF Demand Leads to Ft. Gordon (Georgia) Admitting to Wrongful Coercion to Attend Sectarian Religious Proselytizing Event: After being contacted by an active duty soldier representing over 43 U.S. Army clients/complainants (most of whom are young and very junior enlisted soldiers attending Advanced Individual Training [AIT] School) on October 14, 2017 regarding forced attendance at a “Spiritual Bar B Que”, MRFF demanded an immediate investigation into this matter… [read more]
November 2017 – MRFF Assists Clients Once Again in Removing Sectarian Religious Branding of ‘Missing Man Tables’: Mikey Weinstein, MRFF President/Founder, was contacted on behalf of 41 honorable military veteran patients at the Denver VA Medical Center on November 1, 2017 regarding the display of a sectarian religious… [read more]
November 2017 – MRFF’s Dogged Persistence Leads to Equal Treatment of Religious Displays at MCRD-San Diego: A display of the birth of Jesus (also known as a crèche) has been placed near the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (“MCRD”) San Diego chapel each year during the month of December… [read more]
October 2017 – MRFF Demand Leads to Immediate Removal of Overtly Sectarian Religious ‘Historical’ Display: A client informed MRFF on October 24, 2017 that “the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute [AFEHRI] has put up a Christian religious exhibit in the form of a Christian flag “rescued” from the DMZ in Korea”… [read more]
October 2017 – MRFF Demand Leads to Immediate Investigation of Forced Attendance at Sectarian Religious Proselytizing Event at Ft. Gordon: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted on October 14, 2017 by an active duty soldier representing over 40 U.S. Army personnel regarding forced attendance at a “Spiritual Bar B Que.”… [read more]
September 2017 – MRFF Brings Glaring Public Spotlight On USAF Chaplain’s Vicious Unconstitutional Behavior and the U.S. Air Force’s Record of Supporting This Serial Religious Bigot & Misogynist: Chaplain (Captain) Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, has accrued a significant history of publicly subverting military regulations, his oath as a commissioned officer, and the U.S. Constitution. In spite of numerous official complaints lodged against him by MRFF over the course of nearly two and half years, the Air Force has yet to discipline him in any way… [read more]
September 2017 – Pentagon Requires Specific Restrictions on Religious Services Held to Blatantly Proselytize in Pentagon Public Areas After MRFF Intervention: MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted on August 23, 2017 by a senior Pentagon official speaking on behalf of 112 fellow MRRF clients at the Pentagon regarding ‘bible studies’ being held at a restaurant located in the Pentagon’s open air concourse… [read more]
July 2017 – MRFF Intervention Leads to Immediate Cancellation of Unit Commander’s ‘Christmas in July’ Event: MRFF Founder/President Mikey Weinstein was contacted on behalf of 21 clients seeking MRFF’s assistance when their unit commander assigned various tasks in preparation for a ‘Christmas in July Party’. While the unit commander had not issued a direct order to his subordinates to participate in this sectarian religious event, it was made clear to MRFF’s clients that attendance was… [read more]
June 2017 – MRFF Clients Force Supervising NCO to Retract Statement Regarding non-Christians: Several active duty clients contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein regarding derogatory statements made by their supervising non-commissioned officer (NCO) regarding the trustworthiness of non-Christians within the U.S. Army during combat situations… [read more]
June 2017 – U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of LCpl Monifa Sterling’s Case, Preserving Vital Legal and Constitutional Principles Contained in MRFF’s Amicus Curiae Brief: Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was reduced to the rank of E-1 and received a bad conduct discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps after being convicted in February, 2014 by a court-martial for violating several articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice… [read more]
May 2017 – MRFF Intervention on Behalf of Clients Leads to Rapid Change in National Guard ‘Strong Bonds’ Program: MRFF was contacted on May 8, 2017 by numerous clients regarding sectarian religious preferences being provided under the Air National Guard’s marriage and family program known as ‘Strong Bonds’. MRFF’s clients in this matter come from many faiths and no faiths; however, most of them are practicing Catholics… [read more]
May 2017 – MRFF Joins Other Civil Rights Organizations to Spur Investigation of Anti-Muslim Instructor at the U.S. Military Special Operations School: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein sent a letter on to Lt. Gen. Marshall B. Webb, Commander of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command recommending a review of the qualifications of Mr. Patrick Dunleavy as a subject-matter expert (terrorism). MRFF also questioned Mr. Dunleavy’s suitability as a trainer of U.S. Air Force personnel based on his well-known association with several anti-Muslim hate organizations. MRFF’s objections on behalf of its clients are based on Mr. Dunleavy’s extensive anti-Muslim background… [read more]
March 2017 – U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) Makes Groundbreaking News in Selection of New Commandant: In an email to USAFA staff on March 16, 2017, current USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson announced the Secretary of the Air Force has nominated Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin as the next USAFA Commandant. Of particular import to this selection is the fact that Brig. Gen. Goodwin is gay and married to her wife Kelly with which she has two children… [read more]
March 2017 – MRFF Recognized For Ubiquitous Presence Regarding Religious Separation in U.S. Military in AF Times Editorial Comic Strip: Political cartoonist Austin M. May provided an unsolicited homage to MRFF and its President/Founder Mikey Weinstein in ‘AirForceToons’ appearing in the March 13th – 20th, 2017 edition of The Air Force Times. The comic strip depicts iconic Star Wars character Darth Vader being reminded to “Dial it back” when preaching about ‘The Force’ while at work. … [read more]
February 2017 – Air Combat Command (ACC) Sheepishly Removes Religiously Based Sexist Posters Pursuant to MRFF Demand: Brock Vergakis of The Virginian-Pilot reported on February 27, 2017 that several posters that had been on display for at least six years were removed from a wall at Langley Air Force Base. Mr. Vergakis reported that Air Combat Command spokeswoman Maj. Malinda Singleton said in an email: “With additional time to review all seven posters outside the narrower, primarily religious context of the original complaint about two of them, we concluded the gendered language used in the display interfered with intended messages about personal integrity.”… [read more]
February 2017 – MRFF Action Brings Immediate End To U.S. Army Commander Proselytizing Subordinates: Five active duty U.S. Army soldiers contacted MRFF for assistance after they were told by their commander that “it was the Army’s priority to come to the Lord Jesus Christ”. MRFF was contacted by these soldiers due to their concerns that “We have plenty of nonchristian soldiers in our (unit’s name withheld) include some of my battle buddies. We all were pissed… [read more]
February 2017 – MRFF Gains Full Support from the National Organization for Women (NOW) for Stand Against Air Combat Command Posters Promoting Sexist and Sectarian Religious Ideals: Kent Miller of the Air Force Times reported on February 7, 2017 that MRFF contacted the Air Combat Command (ACC) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis (Virginia) about removing posters at ACC headquarters based on MRFF client complaints that the posters “clearly advocate a higher value in religious airmen over non-religious airmen, and communicate a necessity for religious faith to be successful as airmen” and “one of the quotes on these photos hearkens back to the days of male dominance in the Air Force, and is not appropriate”. Miller reported… [read more]
January 2017 – MRFF Tenacity Leads to Huge Victory for Government Transparency at U.S. Air Force Academy: MRFF’s work on behalf of its clients at USAFA in response to USAFA’s well documented ongoing espousal and promotion of fundamentalist sectarian religious Christian Evangelicalism has resulted in a vitriolic campaign against Mikey Weinstein, his family, and many MRFF supporters and clients. In response, MRFF lawfully sought thousands of documents in the form of emails, memoranda, and directives pertaining in any way to MRFF or anyone associated with MRFF under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in 2011. [read more]
December 2016 – MRFF Demand Leads to USAFA Athletic Department Removing Tight-Ends Football Coach’s Evangelizing Tweets: Pam Zubeck of the Colorado Springs Independent described in an online report the twitter account of U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falcon’s football tight-ends coach Steed Lobotzke’s as “Most tweets are academy football related and include team and academy photos. But he also uses the account to evangelize, citing Bible verses.” Ms. Zubeck also detailed the objections to this practice by MRFF in her online report… [read more]
November 2016 – MRFF Assistance Leads to Immediate Apology from Client’s Superior Officer Engaging In Sectarian Religious Intimidation: A MRFF client at a U.S. Army installation was called into his commander’s office and was ordered to be in charge of this year’s ‘Christmas Party’. Knowing that the MRFF client was of the Jewish faith, the commander’s order included the demand that the theme of this party was to be “Putting the Christ Back Into Christmas”. [read more]
November 2016 – MRFF Demand Prompts Immediate Removal of Sectarian Religious Calendar from Medical Clinic Check-In Desk: Mikey Weinstein, MRFF President and Founder, was contacted on November 5, 2016 by and active duty military client stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB (near Dayton, OH) regarding the display of a blatantly sectarian religious calendar at the base hospital’s Medicine Clinic B’s check-in desk. [read more]
October 2016 – MRFF Action Leads to Immediate Apology from Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ Regarding Unconstitutional Distribution of Sectarian Religious Text at Federal Facility: On October 20, 2016, a MRFF client was solicited multiple times by sectarian religious proselytizers illegally distributing their religious text at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. When the MRFF client confronted the proselytizers with the illegal and unconstitutional nature of their activity an argument ensued that drew a substantial crowd… [read more]
October 2016 – Sectarian Religious Text Removed from VA Facility Waiting Area Immediately After MRFF Demand on Behalf of Client: On October 14, 2016, a medically retired combat veteran was initially ignored by staff at the Chillicothe Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Athens, Ohio when he requested that a copy of the Bible be removed from the mental health waiting room. After requesting assistance from MRFF, Mikey Weinstein contacted the facility administrators demanding removal of the New Testament Bible from the waiting area. Within 3 hours, MRFF received confirmation from facility administrators that the sectarian religious text had been removed and that they “routinely have environment of care rounding teams that look for such material”. Mikey commends the quick response by the facility’s administration… [read more]
September 2016 – MRFF Demand Leads to Immediate Removal of Sectarian Religious Material from Medical Facility at Eglin AFB: MRFF was contacted for assistance by a representative of 27 active duty and veteran clients on September 7, 2016 regarding the prominent placement of a Bible within the mandatory waiting room of the allergy clinic located at Eglin AFB near Fort Walton Beach, Florida. On September 14, 2016, MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein contacted the Eglin AFB base commander on behalf of these 27 clients (9 of whom happened to be practicing Christians with the others being members of minority religious faiths or no faith belief systems) demanding removal of the sectarian religious material… [read more]
September 2016 – The Washington Post Reports on MRFF Action That Leads to Admission of Mistake by West Point Leadership in Directing a Sectarian Prayer After Football Victory over Temple University: The West Point (Army) football team earned a substantial upset road victory (28-13) over Temple University on September 2, 2016. After the game, Army head coach Jeff Monken directed an assistant to lead the team in a victory prayer. A video of this prayer was then posted to social media by West Point. MRFF was subsequently contacted by 46, predominantly Christian, West Point cadets(including 6 members of the football team), faculty and staff as well as 44 West Point graduates… [read more]
August 2016 – Department of Veterans Affairs Issues Updated Policy Guidance on Religious Exercise and Expression in VA Facilities In Response to MRFF Actions: Beginning in February 2016 MRFF began taking action on behalf of its clients regarding the inclusion of Bibles on POW/MIA Missing Man Table displays at several military and VA installations (VA Facilities in Akron, OH; Youngstown, OH; Houston, TX; Tobyhanna, PA along with Wright-Patterson, AFB)… [read more]
August 2016 – MRFF Demand Leads to Immediate Removal of Prominently Displayed and Highlighted Bible From Officer’s Official USAF Work Desk: MRFF was contacted on August 17, 2016 on behalf of 33 USAF officers, enlisted personnel, civilians and contractors stationed at Peterson AFB and Schriever AFB (both located in Colorado Springs, CO area) seeking assistance in dealing with an ongoing violation of religious freedom and church-state religious separation principles contained within the U.S. Constitution and DoD regulations… [read more]
August 2016 – MRFF Amicus Curiae Brief Part of Appeal Court Decision in Monifa Sterling Case: Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was reduced to the rank of E-1 and received a bad conduct discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps after being convicted in February, 2014 by a court-martial for violating several articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Charges against LCpl Sterling involved separate unrelated incidents over a 5-month period… [read more]
June 2016 – MRFF’s Ongoing Actions on Religious Text Inclusion on ‘Missing Man Tables’ Leads to Full Investigation by 8th Army Inspector General: On 13 May 2016, the Morning Calm Chapter Adjutant General Corps Ball was held in Seoul, South Korea. At this event, a POW / MIA table was on display. To add gravitas to the display, a ceremony was enacted during the official portion of the ball. This ceremony described the objects on the table, and their significance. According to MRFF client complaints, the last component to this POW / MIA table was a bible… [read more]
June 2016 – MRFF Media Blitz Highlights Ongoing Constitutional Violations at U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA): The White House announced on April 14, 2016 that President Barack Obama would be the commencement speaker for the Air Force Academy’s Class of 2016 graduation ceremony to be held at Falcon Stadium on June 2, 2016. To coincide with this event, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation prepared a media blitz… [read more]
June 2016 – MRFF Forces Immediate Cancellation of Another Scheduled Speaking Engagement by Family Research Council’s Executive Vice-President Lt. Gen. (Ret) Jerry Boykin: MRFF was informed by a client on May 31, 2016 that Lt. Gen. (Ret) Jerry Boykin was scheduled to speak at an upcoming prayer breakfast event to be held at Ft. Riley (Kansas). MRFF’s legal counsel immediately contacted Major General Wayne Grigsby, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, headquartered at Ft. Riley demanding immediate cancellation of this invitation to Boykin.
April 2016 – In Less Than Two Months, MRFF Action Leads to Removal of Unconstitutional Sectarian Religious Text from POW/MIA ‘Missing Man Tables’ Located at Five (5) Federal Facilities: On February 22, 2016, 11 clients contacted MRFF regarding the display of overtly religious text in conjunction with a traditional POW/MIA ‘Missing Man’ memorial display at Akron, OH Veterans Administration Clinic. These clients pointed out the extremely inappropriate and illicit nature of recognition for one religious sect of a memorialized group that is made up of individuals representing many religious faiths, and none at all… [read more]
February 2016 – Sectarian Religious Text Removed From VA Facility Memorial Display After MRFF Involvement: On February 22, 2016, 11 clients contacted MRFF regarding the display of overtly religious text in conjunction with a traditional memorial display at a Veterans Administration Clinic. These clients pointed out the extremely inappropriate and illicit nature of recognition for one religious sect of a memorialized group that is made up of individuals representing many religious faiths, and none at all. After contacting the VA clinic administration on behalf of our clients, MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was informed by the VA Clinic Administrator that the religious texts had been removed from the memorial display at the clinic.
February 2016 – MRFF Action Leads to End of Chaplain’s Unwanted Proselytizing Using Official Email Communications: MRFF was contacted by several active duty clients concerned with the practice of their Brigade Chaplain sending unsolicited Christian proselytizing messages in their daily communications via official U.S. Army email servers… [read more]
February 2016 – MRFF Forces Immediate Shut Down of ‘Alter Call’ at U.S. Air Force Base: Several Christian, one Jewish, and one atheist/Agnostic client contacted MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein regarding what was being termed an ‘Alter Call’ scheduled to occur at a U.S. Air Force Base. Within one day of contacting Mikey via the base’s MRFF representative, our clients were informed by another base official that the ‘Alter Call’ had been cancelled… [read more]
February 2016 – DoD Website Quietly Demotes Proselytizing ‘Featured Writer’ After MRFF Complaint: Beginning on January 9, 2016, MRFF received complaints from 18 clients (mostly Christian and including atheist/Muslim/Jewish) regarding the religious messaging contained in the “Motivational Monday Message” posted by Colonel Thomas Hundley on the Health.mil website of the DoD which is the official website of the Military Health Service (MHS) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA)… [read more]
January 2016 – New Commander Quickly Reprimanded for Explicitly Sectarian Religious Speech at First Official Staff Meeting: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted on January 21, 2016 by a U.S. Air Force Officer on behalf of himself and 7 fellow USAF Officers (all practicing Christians) regarding a highly inappropriate speech delivered at the first staff meeting called by their newly installed commanding officer… [read more]
December 2015 – MRFF Client Assistance Leads to Removal of Inappropriate Religious Displays at AFB Duty Stations: President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by an active duty service member at Buckley AFB located in Aurora, CO on December 19, 2015 regarding the rampant display of religious symbols… [read more]
December 2015 – USAFA Association of Graduates Immediately Agrees to Correct Retail Sales Circular: After receiving a retail sales circular via email on December 4, 2015 entitled ‘21 Days of Christmas Savings’, MRFF Founder/President (and U.S. Air Force Academy graduate) Mikey Weinstein contacted the U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates to request a basic and obvious correction… [read more]
November 2015 – Threat of MRFF Involvement Immediately Changes Attendance Requirement at Religious Service: A MRFF active duty U.S. Army client had been informed that they were required to attend a religious memorial service at the post chapel… [read more]
November 2015 – MRFF Demand Forces Corps of Engineers Supervisor to ‘Cease and Desist’ Issuing Proselytizing Biblical Messages on Government Emails: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted on November 13, 2015 regarding the practice of a regional supervisor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Directorate of Contracting continually including various biblical quotes within their government e-mail signatures… [read more]
November 2015 – MRFF Demand Forces Immediate Removal of Christian Crusader Warrior Image at U.S. Army Training Center: On Monday morning November 16, 2015, MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein sent a demand letter to Major General Edward Dorman, Commander of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command (8 TSC)… [read more]
November 2015 – MRFF Assistance Sought to Develop Pluralistic Chaplaincy Program for Major Municipal Fire Department: Based upon experience and leadership regarding government/religion interaction, MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by the Crisis Intervention Officer of a large municipal fire/rescue department for assistance… [read more]
November 2015 – Ft. Carson Post Exchange (PX) Forced to Remove Anti-Islamic T-Shirts From Retail Shelves: On Monday, November 2, 2015, a MRFF client contacted the operators of the Ft. Carson PX located near Colorado Springs, CO regarding the highly objectionable sale of a T-Shirt in the PX mall… [read more]
November 2015 – MRFF Action Leads to Corrective Action Within 3hrs at Maxwell Air Force Base: On November 2, 2015, the Volunteer Resource Coordinator for the 42nd Force Support Squadron located at Maxwell AFB emailed a list of volunteer opportunities to be disseminated throughout… [read more]
October 2015 – Commander at Dover AFB Immediately Disavows Endorsement of Email Encouraging Participation in Annual Christian Proselytizing Event. MRFF client forwarded an email they received from the Dover AFB’s Command Secretary/Chief Administrative Assistant to the commanding officer of the 436th Force Support Squadron, Lt. Col. Don Tasker… [read more]
September 2015 – U.S. Air Force Academy Instructor Apologizes for Blatant Religious Proselytizing: A cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy was proselytized heavily by one of his instructors. After being informed that his inappropriate religious proselytizing had been reported to MRFF, the USAFA instructor immediately apologized to the cadet for his behavior… [read more]
August 2015 – MRFF Intervention Leads to Immediate Disciplinary Action Against Commander Who Attempted To Force Subordinates To Attend His ‘Bible Study’: After being told by their unit commander they had to attend his ‘bible studies’ being held in their barracks, 6 Christian soldiers contacted MRFF for assistance… [read more]
August 2015 – U.S. Air Force Commander Rescinds Unit Commander’s Directive to Attend Sunday Chapel to Show “Spiritual Fitness”: MRFF was contacted by several airmen at a U.S. Air Force installation after they were informed by their unit commander that “spiritual fitness” was very important to him and his commander and that he “expected to see us at Sunday chapel as often as possible”…. [read more]
July 2015 – U.S. Air Force Base Leadership Takes Immediate Corrective Action Regarding Program Director’s Religious Proselytizing and Preferential Treatment of Male Airmen: Military and DoD civilian clients contacted Mikey Weinstein requesting that he intervene on their behalf with the program director’s leadership regarding what they felt was an obvious display of highly inappropriate federal government workplace “male, Evangelical, chauvinistic patriarchy”… [read more]
June 2015 – MRFF Intervention Leads To Immediate Corrective Action Regarding Anti-Semitic Remarks Aimed At MRFF Client: On June 17, 2015 MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein was contacted by a family representative of a Jewish MRFF client who had received what was essentially an anti-Semitic death threat… [read more]
May 2015 – MRFF Cease & Desist Letter Leads to U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command (RTC) Restoring Religious Support Programs: On May 14, 2015 the Chicago Tribune, which had previously reported on the RTC commander’s decision to remove volunteer religious minority lay leaders from the RTC, reported… [read more]
April 2015 – MRFF Action Forces American Family Association (AFA) to Reveal Their Repugnant Theocratic Agenda for the United States: The American Family Association (AFA) is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as an extremist hate group. In early March 2015, the AFA extremist hate group created an ‘Anti-Christian Bigotry Map’ and included a reference to MRFF on this map… [read more]
March 2015 – MRFF Intervenes on Behalf of Clients’ Objections to Religious Based Greeting at Entrance to Military Installation: MRFF was contacted on March 9, 2015 regarding a religiously tinged greeting in use at the ‘Russell Gate’ at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia: “Have a blessed day.”… [read more]
March 2015 – MRFF Clients Expose Serious Constitutional Error on U.S. Air Force Total Force Awareness Training Test:On March 5, 2015 numerous clients notified MRFF that a test widely distributed to airmen mixed up the 1st and 5th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution with the apparent attempt to support the narrative of Christian Dominionists that religious freedom is a “commonly violated civil liberty”… [read more]
February 2015 – Fundamentalist Evangelical Pastor of Megachurch Banned from Participation in Future Ceremonial Events by State National Guard Adjutant General (TAG): One particular National Guard unit, which had a history of seeking religious accommodation advice from MRFF, invited a well-known fundamentalist Christian Evangelical pastor to deliver a benediction at a unit deployment ceremony… [read more]
January 2015 – Special Forces Recruiting Poster for ‘God’s Mission’ Removed Immediately After MRFF’s Intervention: A Phoenix recruiting station was displaying a recruitment poster which contained the image of a Special Forces patch under Special Forces, Ranger and Airborne tabs. This image was displayed underneath the slogan “On A Mission For Both God And Country.”… [read more]
December 2014 – MRFF Reaches Milestone of Serving Over 40,000 Clients: MRFF now represents well over 40,000 active duty Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Cadets, Midshipmen, National Guard and Reserve personnel, Coast Guard men and women and Veterans.
December 2014 – USAFA Changes Religious Accommodations Policy One Day After Being Contacted by MRFF: On December 1, 2014, the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) published a document titled, “Religious Accommodations NOTAM” (NOTAM is a common military acronym that stands for Notice to Airmen) on their public website… [read more]
November 2014 – Revised Air Force Instruction (AFI) 1-1 Complies With MRFF Demand to Maintain Critical Religious Neutrality Section 2.11 of AFI 1-1 pertaining to ‘Government NeutralityRegarding Religion’ was originally adopted on August 7, 2012. Enforcement of this regulation sparked outrage from various individuals and entities intent on allowing religious proselytizing under cover of government authority… [read more]
November 2014 – Mikey’s Live Testimony Before Congress, House Armed Services Committee: Although MRFF has submitted written testimony before, this is the 1st ever face-to-face in the ‘lions den’.
October 2014 – MRFF Exposes Army ROTC Program’s Blatantly Unconstitutional Restrictions Against All Non-Christians: An active duty U.S. Army officer and MRFF client informed MRFF that a list of available assignments contained a listing for the position of Assistant Professor of Military Science for the ROTC program at Wheaton College requiring that applicants “Must Be Of Christian Faith”… [read more]
September 2014 – Under Pressure from MRFF and Allies, the U.S. Air Force Rescinds the Unlawful and Coercive Requirement That Enlistees State “So Help Me God” in Their Enlistment Oath: Around August 25, 2014 an airman at Creech AirForce Base seeking to reenlist was informed that he must swear to God in order to do so… [read more]
August 2014 – MRFF Involvement Instrumental in NEXCOM Decision to End Practice of Placing Religious Materials in Navy Lodge Guest Rooms: Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) issued a directive that ended the practice of placing religious materials within guest rooms of the 40 Navy Lodge facilities operated by NEXCOM worldwide… [read more]
July 2014 – MRFF Presentation to NMANG Joint Forces Chaplain Training Event: Mikey Weinstein was invited to speak about issues of religious time, place, and purpose expectations and restrictions on July 28, 2014 at a New Mexico Army National Guard Joint Forces Chaplain Training event… [read more]
April 2014 – MRFF Intervenes on Clients’ Behalf to Make Attendance Non-Mandatory at Speaking Event by Religious Fundamentalist: MRFF was contacted by an active duty officer deployed overseas who expressed concern with mandatory attendance at a speaking event on “moral leadership and spiritual resiliency designed to reinforce the Army Values.” The keynote speaker was Southern Baptist Preacher Dr. Richard Blackaby… [read more]
March 2014 – U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Leader Removes Proselytizing Bible Passage Outside His Room After MRFF Client Complaints: MRFF was contacted by 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members about the posting of a Christian Bible passage outside the private room of a cadet leader… [read more]
January 2014 – U.S. Air Force Base Drop Christian Marriage Video from Mandatory Event: MRFF was contacted regarding a mandatory-attendance “Wingman Day” that involved “Christian videos” with one of the modules labeled: “Love Happens: God’s Purpose and Plan.”… [read more]
January 2014 – Christian Messaging During Official Functions at Air Force Base Halted: 13 active duty Airmen stationed at a mainland U.S. Air Force base contacted MRFF regarding repeated dogmatic Christian messaging by a Commander within a short span of time… [read more]
December 2013 – Sectarian Religious Display at GTMO is Relocated to Base Chapel: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation received an email on Monday night December 16, 2013 signed by 18 active-duty service members protesting the Nativity scenes set up at the Guantanamo’s Gold Hill and Seaside galleys… [read more]
December 2013 – State National Guard Commanding Officer Swiftly and Effectively Disciplines Chain of Command Responsible for Religious Discrimination, Intimidation, and Retribution: Mikey Weinstein was contacted in late November/2013 by a Jewish member of a State Defense Force regarding specific actions taken against him… [read more]
December 2013 – U.S. Air Force Removes Unconstitutional Sectarian Religious Display: MRFF was alerted by clients of a sectarian nativity scene that had been placed at Shaw Air Force Base… [read more]
November 2013 – MRFF Demands USAFA Immediately Fire “ex-Gay” Fundamentalist Christian Who Claimed He Could “Cure” Gays: Upon learning that the U.S. Air Force Academy was employing this anti-gay bigot, MRFF immediately sent a letter on behalf of its 27 lesbian/gay/bisexual (LGB) clients at USAFA to Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Eric Fanning… [read more]
November 2013 – MRFF Continues Aggressive Campaign Against Ongoing Christian Fundamentalist Extremism at the U.S. Air Force Academy: In October/2013 MRFF posted a billboard along one of the busiest thoroughfares in Colorado Springs, CO…. [read more]
October 2013 – U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent Removes ‘Prep-School’ Poster Containing Religious Oath After Being Contacted by MRFF: President and Founder Mikey Weinstein received a picture of a poster displayed at the USAFA Prep-School that contained the Academy’s honor code followed with an addendum stating “Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably so help me God.”… [read more]
October 2013 – Department of Defense Officials Responsible for U.S. Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program Seek MRFF’s Direct Input: Lt. Colonel Chaplain Stephen W. Austin contacted MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein on October 8, 2013 regarding initial development and implementation of a spirit(ual) dimension component to a U.S. Army soldier resilience platform… [read more]
October 2013 – MRFF Exposes Close Ties Between Dominionist Groups Meeting with DoD Officials and Fundamentalist Leader Calling for Military Takeover of U.S. Government: On October 3, 2013, MRFF Senior Research Director Chris Rodda reported in the Huffington Post on the extremely close ties between the Restore Military Religious Freedom (RMRF) coalition, RMRF coalition member the Family Research Council, and Rick Joyner, the head of MorningStar Ministries/Heritage International Ministries who proposed a “military takeover” of the U.S. Government… [read more]
September 2013 – MRFF Submits FOIA Request Demanding All Records Pertaining to Meeting Between Dept. of Defense Officials and Christian Dominionist Leaders: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has long observed a continued cozy and incestuous relationship between an activist segment of the highest echelons of the Pentagon and noxious fundamentalist Christian organizations… [read more]
September 2013 – Obama Administration Responds to a ‘We The People’ White House Petition by Citing Changes in ‘Spiritual Fitness’ Test Language and Applicability Recommended by MRFF: On December 29, 2010, the international law firm Jones Day, on behalf of MRFF and its client Sgt. Justin Griffith, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Army regarding the development and implementation of the spiritual well-being component of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program’s Soldier Fitness Tracker (SFT) and Global Assessment Tool (GAT)… [read more]
August 2013 – MRFF Meets with Superintendent/Commanding General of U.S. Military Academy (West Point) to Discuss Religious Respect Problems and Related Constitutional Issues: On Monday, August 26, 2013, MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein and long time MRFF ally Lt. Gen. William T. Lord (USAF ret.) met with Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., newly appointed Superintendent and Commanding General at West Point… [read more]
July 2013 – MRFF Action Forces Immediate Removal of Chaplain’s Statement Denigrating Military Service of Atheists: Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes, installation Chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) posted an article to the JBER official website entitled , Chaplain’s Corner: ‘No atheists in foxholes’: Chaplains gave all in World War II… [read more]
July 2013 – MRFF’s Action on Behalf of Clients Quickly Produces Corrective Action Regarding Sectarian Prayer During Official Ceremony at U.S. Military Research Facility: A spokesperson for a group of 40 service members and military contractors (32 being either Protestant or Catholic) at a U.S. Military research facility contacted MRFF… [read more]
June 2013 – MRFF Successes in Challenging Unconstitutional Religious Activity in the Military Brings Attempt at Congressional Retaliation: On June 13, 2013 Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) introduced an amendment to the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act. Huelskamp’s amendment, with the heading “Meetings with Respect to Religious Liberty,” was passed by a voice vote in the House… [read more]
June 2013 – MRFF Receives Assurance from U.S. Air Force Academy to Improve Briefing & Preparation of Commissioning Ceremony Speakers: During an official USAFA 50-year commissioning ceremony for USAFA Cadet Squadron 13 on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Lt. Gen. James A. Fain (USAF-Ret.), Class of 1963, implored the graduates to “help return this country to the Christian values it was founded on.”… [read more]
May 2013 – MRFF Forces Removal of Overtly Religious Artwork from Dining Hall at Mountain Home A.F.B.: MRFF was contacted by a non-commissioned officer (NCO) from Mountain Home Air Force Base, acting as the spokesperson for a group of twenty-two airmen (17 of the 22 are Christians, both Catholic and Protestant) who wanted this repugnant piece of artwork removed… [read more]
May 2013 – MRFF Receives 1st Ever Approval to Participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): MRFF received approval from the CFC Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on May 10, 2013 to participate in the 2013 CFC fall campaign… [read more]
May 2013 – National Civil Rights and Interfaith/Faith-Based Organizations Step Up to Defend Foundation From Heinously Distorted Allegations – Following MRFF’s meeting at the Pentagon a major media maelstrom enveloped the foundation, with misinformation disseminated by BREITBART.comleading to an avalanche of negative press from Fox News (including an interview on the O’Reilly Report) and other pro-Dominionist media outlets. This culminated in the denunciation of Mikey Weinstein as an “anti-Christian extremist” by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) on the floor of the House of Representatives.
April 2013 – MRFF Meets with Pentagon Officials Regarding Implementation of Religious Neutrality Standards: MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein, MRFF Board Member Ambassador Joseph Wilson, and MRFF Advisory Board Member Colonel (ret.) Lawrence Wilkerson met with a Pentagon group that included several generals and a military chaplain to discuss religious neutrality issues within the U.S. Military.
February 2013 – MRFF Demands Corrective & Punitive Action When U.S. Air Force Academy Promotes Reprehensible Homophobic Website as Source for Jewish Holiday Information. MRFF submitted a letter to General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, demanding that links to the website (www.jewfaq.org) no longer be used as educational reference points for matters of the Jewish faith and that those parties responsible face swift and decisive corrective measures. MRFF followed this with erecting a billboard on 3/5/2013 in Colorado Springs, CO (home of USAFA) and a protest rally on 3/8/2013 attended by approximately 65 people. Both events received significant coverage which finally led USAFA to ‘de-link’ this offensive website.
January 2013– MRFF Announces Recipients of the Courageous Sacrifice Scholarship for Constitutional Defense and the Freedom’s Promise Research Grant for the Advancement of Religious Liberty on 1/15/2013: The Courageous Sacrifice Scholarship for Constitutional Defense is meant to honor those service members who have displayed academic excellence and bravery in fighting to safeguard the foundational American values… [read more]
January 2013– U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan on Thursday ordered the removal of a steeple and crucifix erected over a remote American base in the Muslim country after a soldier deployed there noted that the symbols violated Army regulations, and could reinforce suspicions that the United States is fighting a holy war. “It is the sort of thing that provides a boundless bonanza of terrorist propaganda for the mujahideen, the insurrectionists, the Taliban and al-Qaida that we are supposedly fighting to protect our national security,” said Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the non-profit Military Religious Freedom Foundation. “The message of the cross on the chapel is basically putting out the message in Pashto, Dari and Arabic to please blow me up because I’m a latter day Christian crusader.”
January 2013– U.S. Naval Academy Officer’s Christian Fellowship Removes Slogan from Webpage After MRFF FOIA Request: For many years, the “purpose” statement of the Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF), an organization of over 15,000 fundamentalist Christian officers operating throughout the military, was: “A spiritually transformed military, with ambassadors for Christ in uniform, empowered by the Holy Spirit.” … [read more]
December 2012 – Mikey Weinstein Named to List of 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense: MRFF President and Founder, Mikey Weinstein is named to the inaugural 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense on December 17, 2012… [read more]
November 2012 – Cancellation of fundamentalist fraudster and phony “Doctor” Ray Giunta as Guest Speaker of Pentagon Prayer Breakfast: MRFF, based on the complaints of 211 armed forces clients (189 of whom are practicing Protestants or Roman Catholics) at the Pentagon, demanded on November 26, 2012 that Senior Department of Defense (DoD) leadership immediately and officially revoke the invitation to Mr. Ray Giunta… [read more]
MRFF is nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for the fifth time, marking the fourth consecutive year that MRFF has received a nomination. MRFF was nominated by one of the founding members of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian organization.
August 2012 – New Air Force Instruction AFI 1-1 Issued, Further Strengthening Religious Neutrality in U.S. Air Force: MRFF pressure directly culminated in the issuance of Air Force Instruction 1-1 Standards of Conduct. This document requires total mandatory compliance on penalty of potential adverse criminal action, including courts martial, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice – the first time religious neutrality regulations have had such enforceability. AFI 1-1 requires non-chaplain officers and supervisors to “avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.”
June 2012 – U.S. Military Emblems No Longer Allowed on Holman Military Bibles: Over the past few years, MRFF has received nearly 2,000 complaints about these Bibles which are displayed and sold in base exchanges and other stores on military bases… [read more]
June 2012 – Space and Missile Systems Center ‘Industry Days’ Rescheduled After MRFF Intervenes on Behalf of Clients: The 2012 Event was scheduled for Sept. 25 through Sept. 27 at exactly the same time that Jewish people observe what is considered the holiest day of their calendar, Yom Kippur… [read more]
May 2012 – MRFF Action Leads to Renaming of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122): On April 17, 2012 MRFF initially challenged a Marine fighter squadron decision on renaming from the “Werewolves” to the “Crusaders”… [read more]
March 2012 – U.S. Air Force Removes Squadron Officer School Mandatory Chapel Attendance Policy: An active duty CGO (Company Grade Officer- 2ndLt., 1stLt., Captain) of the U.S. Air Force contacted MRFF seeking assistance when he found the curriculum of the Squadron Officer School (SOS) contained a chapel attendance mandate… [read more]
January 2012 – Rabid Islamophobic retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin Withdraws from West Point Speech: MRFF sent a demand letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh on January 27, 2012 condemning the outrageous and scandalous decision to invite the rabidly Islamophobic retired Lieutenant General William Boykin… [read more]
January 2012 – No Snowflake in an Avalanche (Vireo, 2012) is released in January/2012 and details MRFF’s prominent case studies and struggles, as well as the violent impediments that continue to be imposed against MRFF by those in opposition. Mikey supports book lease with nationwide speaking and book signing tour which includes one book store in Albuquerque, NM being forced by public pressure to reverse its decision to deny an in-store appearance due to “controversy” surrounding Mikey/MRFF/Book.
December 2011 – MRFF provided written testimony on December 7, 2011 to a Joint Hearing on “Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States” held by the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, detailing the plight of service member-clients and victims of Islamophobia within the armed forces.
November 2011 – Americans United for Separation of Church and State awarded Mikey Weinstein its inaugural Person of the Year award in Washington, DC on November 7, 2011. MRFF also received a nomination for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, making this the third consecutive year and fourth occasion where MRFF has been honored with such recognition.
November 2011 – MRFF’s demands for compliance with General Schwartz’s edict of September 1, 2011 led to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s command quickly moving sponsorship and oversight of Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child program at the Academy under the guidance of the Chaplain Corps, where all religious programs belong.
September 2011 – MRFF again compels concrete corrective action by the U.S. Department of Defense and by the U.S. Air Force Academy: On September 1, 2011, General Norton Schwartz, United States Air Force Chief of Staff issued a memorandum on ‘Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion.’ Distribution of this edict by Academy leadership to faculty, staff, and cadets occurred only after MRFF’s placement of a billboard containing the full text of the memorandum at a busy intersection in Colorado Springs, the home of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
August 2011 – MRFF investigates Department of Defense contracts regarding religious promotions to military members and their families: In 2010, MRFF began an investigation into just how much money the DoD spends promoting religion to military personnel and their families. The initial report by Chris Rodda, MRFF Senior Research Director, was released on August 19, 2011, and was prominently featured on the front page of The Huffington Post.
August 2011 – Fort Bragg Limits then Restores Promised Support for “Rock Beyond Belief ” Concert/Festival: Due in part to continued pressure by MRFF, a spokesman for Fort Bragg announced in early August 2011 that, “Our logistical support will be the same as what we did for Rock the Fort,” meaning Bragg will provide the venue, security, and basic utilities. The event is presently scheduled to take place on March 31, 2012, on the main parade field at Fort Bragg (also the venue for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s fundamentalist Christian “Rock the Fort” concert, which was officially endorsed and promoted by Fort Bragg).
July 2011 – Based on the fallout from a MRFF client’s FOIA request exposing the use of Christian ‘Just War’ theology, the Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare training program “has been taken out of the curriculum and is being reviewed,” according to David Smith, chief of public affairs of Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. Subsequent to this action, on August 14, 2011, the Air Force Times reported that the Air Force was reviewing all training materials related to ethics, core values and character development after more Christian-themed course work surfaced.
June 2011 – MRFF’s vigorous efforts result in two immigrant MRFF clients of the Muslim faith, eager to serve their adopted homeland as translators abroad, being featured in a heart-rending, emotional story featured by both the New York Times and ABC News Nightline. The exposé detailed the hideous, ongoing ordeal which they have undergone since being subject to the unfounded accusations of conspiracy to poison their fellow soldiers.
May 2011 – ABC News Reports on MRFF’s Muslim Clients Persecuted for Religious Beliefs: “[The United States is] at war with Islam and you are a Muslim.” These shocking and inflammatory words were not uttered by a radical Al Qaeda ideologue such as Ayman al-Zawahiri but by an officer of the US Army Criminal Investigation Division, addressing honorable men eager to serve their adopted homeland… [read more]
April 2011 – Representing MRFF in a panel debate alongside military chaplains, Mikey Weinstein spoke to the US Army War College Strategy Conference on faith in the US military and in American civilian life, stressing the need to steadfastly protect soldiers’ legal rights to freedom from proselytizing harassment and to safeguard the military’s national security mission from those seeking to divert it towards theocratic, crusader ends.
March 2011 – MRFF Invited to Provide Testimony to the U.S. Senate: On March 29, 2011, MRFF provided extensive written testimony to a U.S. Senate hearing on “Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims.” The hearing was held before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, and was the first-ever Congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims.
March 2011 – MRFF opposes superiors demanding participation in religious events: U.S. Army releases investigation on March 8, 2011 pursuant to MRFF demands after soldiers disciplined for choosing not to attend an evangelical Christian Commanding Generals’ Spiritual Fitness Concert at Ft. Eustis. MRFF continues to disagree with the investigation’s attempt to place the blame on a lower-ranking soldier.
January 2011 – MRFF demanded that the US Army cease and desist their blatantly unconstitutional policy of administering a “spiritual fitness” component to the mandatory “Soldier Fitness Tracker”, whereby soldiers’ combat-readiness and ability are judged on the basis of their religiosity.
November 2010 – After MRFF’s relentless pressure on the US Air Force Academy, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Gould released the data behind the bi-annual Academy Climate Survey. The survey revealed that 41% of non-Christian cadets and 19% of all cadets were subjected to unwanted proselytizing. Additionally, religious liberty watchdog Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced that Mikey Weinstein will be named “Person of the Year” at a November 2011 ceremony in Washington, D.C. “We’ve never named a ‘Person of the Year’ before, but I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Mikey Weinstein,” stated Americans United executive director Rev. Barry W. Lynn.
Throughout 2010, Mikey Weinstein spoke to students at a number of the U.S. military’s educational institutions: the U.S. Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Symposium, the Air Force JAG School, and the Air Command and Staff College. This direct contact with the future leaders of America’s military has been vitally important to MRFF’s continuing mission of fostering a climate of absolute religious freedom and acceptance throughout our armed forces.
October 2010 – MRFF was officially nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, making this the second consecutive year MRFF has been honored with such recognition. Mikey Weinstein received the 2010 Anne Froehlich Political Courage Award from the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club for his work with the foundation.
September 2010 – MRFF and Mikey were included as major subjects in New York Times bestselling author Jeff Sharlet’s newest groundbreaking book, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (published by Little, Brown and Company), in which they are referred to as the “constitutional conscience of the military.”
August 2010 – MRFF broke the story of soldiers punished for refusing to attend a Christian concert at Ft. Eustis. MRFF’s spotlight on the issue of military-endorsed Christian concerts led to significant criticism of the Billy Graham Association’s “Rock the Fort” Christian concert at Ft. Bragg the following month.
June 2010 – Colorado Interfaith Alliance officially endorsed MRFF’s challenge of the Evans Army Community Hospital emblem’s depiction of a Crusader cross.
April 2010 – MRFF’s successful demand led to the cancellation of Islamophobic Evangelical Preacher Franklin Graham’s scheduled participation in the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer event, thereby severing the affiliation between the Pentagon event and Shirley Dobson(wife of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson)’s exclusively Christian National Day of Prayer Task Force and making this event inclusive of all religions. Also in April, the book Attitudes Aren’t Free: Thinking Deeply about Diversity in the US Armed Forces, published by Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, was widely distributed throughout the command structure of the United States military. The book includes a chapter written by MRFF Senior Research Director Chris Rodda, which provides a comprehensive overview and numerous specific examples of the various issues that MRFF is currently dealing with and has dealt with in the past.
January 2010 – After MRFF and Mikey Weinstein exposed the biblical references engraved on Trijicon brand rifle scopes used by the United States military in Iraq and Afghanistan on ABC’s flagship news program Nightline, the story exploded across international news outlets. Shortly after the “Jesus Rifles” story broke, the manufacturer gave in to media pressure and ceased using the inscriptions, subsequently distributing kits throughout the military for the purpose of removing these biblical references from weaponry currently deployed worldwide.
October 2009 – The Military Religious Freedom Foundation was officially nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize: The nominator, who wishes to remain anonymous, happens to be the only Christian in the upper chamber of his country’s national parliament; the country is an ally of the United States. Shortly thereafter, another anonymous Qualified Nominator submitted a second official nomination for MRFF for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
October 2008 – The California Council of Churches IMPACT (CCCI), one of the country’s largest Christian organizations, representing 21 mainstream and progressive Protestant denominations, 5,500 congregations, and millions of congregants formally announced its endorsement of MRFF.
August 2007 – MRFF-instigated DoD Inspector General’s report finds misconduct by uniformed Pentagon Generals participating in “Christian Embassy” promo video filmed inside the Pentagon.
August 2007 – MRFF first to uncover evangelical extremist group’s unconstitutional distribution of sectarian and bigoted “Left Behind” videogame to active-duty troops serving in Iraq: The game featured a post-apocalyptic storyline where “Soldiers for Christ” must convert “Secularists”, Jews, Muslims, and others. The group, Operation Straight Up, openly advocated the United States military unleashing “multiple crusades” to “sweep through” the Arab and Muslim world.
December 2006 – MRFF exposes misconduct by uniformed Pentagon Generals participating in “Christian Embassy” promo video filmed inside the Pentagon, directly resulting in disciplinary action for those who “improperly endorsed and participated with a non-Federal entity while in uniform”.
October 2005 – MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein files lawsuit and blows the lid off of unconstitutional regime at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO., where his son was subjected to horrific anti-Semitic abuse.