AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 1-1
Incorporating Change 1, 12 November 2014
Air Force Culture
AIR FORCE STANDARDS
2.11. Free Exercise of Religion and Religious Accommodation. Every Airman is free to practice the religion of their choice or subscribe to no religious belief at all. You should confidently practice your own beliefs while respecting others whose viewpoints differ from your own. Every Airman also has the right to individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs, to include conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs, unless those expressions would have an adverse impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, good order, discipline, health and safety, or mission accomplishment. 2.11.1. Your right to practice your religious beliefs does not excuse you from complying with directives, instructions and lawful orders; however, you may request religious accommodation. Commanders and supervisors at all levels must fairly consider requests for religious accommodation. Airmen requesting accommodation will continue to comply with directives, instructions and lawful orders from which they are requesting accommodation unless and until the request is approved.
2.11.2. If it is necessary to deny free exercise of religion or an accommodation request, the decision must be based on the facts presented, must directly relate to the compelling government interest of military readiness, unit cohesion, good order, discipline, health and safety, or mission accomplishment, and must be by the least restrictive means necessary to avoid the cited adverse impact.
2.12. Balance of Free Exercise of Religion and Establishment Clause. Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for their own free exercise of religion, including individual expressions of religious beliefs, and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. They must ensure their words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief, or absence of belief.
MRFF Demand Letter to Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy Re: Armed Green Beret Chaplains
MRFF’s Attorneys respond to bigoted and vile anti-Semitic emails and misuse of MRFF imagery in hate mails sent by “R H,” so-called president and founder of fictitious “Anti-Commie & Socialist Foundation”
MRFF Petition to File Amicus Curiae Brief in Monifa Sterling Case
MRFF Demand Letter to Department of Defense General Counsel, Director, Standards of Conduct Office, Hon. Ruth S. Vetter, Esq. & Email from MRFF’s Counsel of Record
MRFF’s Attorneys respond to bigoted article published by Christian Examiner
MRFF Attorneys escalate battle for transparency, religious freedom in U.S. Military with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint for injunctive relief and disclosure of documents
MRFF’s Attorneys Demand Letter to Eugene Delgaudio, President of the “Public Advocate of the United States” in response to smearing of MRFF leader as “radical homosexual activist Weinstein”
MRFF Amicus Curiae Brief In Support of Neither Party to deny petition in Marine’s court-martial case for religious postings
MRFF Attorneys Demand Letter to USAF Director Defense Logistics Agency to Investigate Hate Mail From DoD Contractor
MRFF Attorneys Demand Letter to CAPT W. Douglas Pfeifle, Rear Admiral Margaret G. Kibben, and Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert
MRFF & AHA join forces in court vs. unconstitutional Bladensburg “Peace Cross”
MRFF Attorneys’ Demand Letter to Recruit Training Command (RTC) regarding discriminatory treatment of religious minorities
MRFF Invited to Submit Testimony to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee – “Religion in the United States Military: Balancing Personal Freedom with Professional Neutrality”
MRFF Senior Research Director exposes the Three Most Often Heard Lies From Members of Congress Citing the Family Research Council’s Propaganda Entitled: “A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military “
MRFF attorneys express strong concern regarding defamatory Fox News distortions of Mikey as an “atheist”
MRFF files FOIA requests to uncover Pentagon links with fundamentalist Christian lobbyists
MRFF Demands Immediate End to Unconstitutional Religious Tests in USMC & Denigration of Atheist/Freethinking Marines
MRFF Founder and President demands investigation and punishment in regards to “Jew FAQ” reprehensible homophobic and misogynistic content distributed to cadets at U.S. Air Force Academy
Can servicemembers alter or opt out of “So help me God” in the Oath of Enlistment?
MRFF Founder and President demands MRFF Superintendent cease and desist from administering religious tests
MRFF Founder and President seeks FOIA clarification on relationship between Officers’ Christian Fellowship and leadership at United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.
MRFF Founder and President demands Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze” and The Christian Post correct their mischaracterizations of the foundation.
MRFF Attorney’s letter demanding FOX NEWS correct its improper, misleading, and inciting characterizations of MRFF mission and goals.
MRFF ATTORNEY’s LETTER
MRFF files FOIA request demanding that records, communications, documents, and material related to virulently anti-Muslim course at Joint Forces Staff College be immediately provided.
MRFF’s LETTER AND COVERAGE
MRFF demands immediate and comprehensive review of unconstitutional SOS program materials, review process; hollow and diversionary Air Force response provokes Freedom of Information Act request
Air Force Squadron Officer school’s required curriculum decrees officers’ “spiritual responsibility” to attend chapel. MRFF exposes, demands end to practice via legal demand letter.
MRFF’s LETTER AND COVERAGE
MRFF, via law firm Mathis-Donheiser, demands an investigation of photographs showing U.S. Marine Corps Scout Snipers in Afghanistan displaying the insignia of the Nazi SS on a flag.
MRFF outside counsel responds to Air Force offer of meeting between MRFF leadership and USAF’s Air Mobility Command Staff with request to meet with top Commanding Officers at Scott Air Force Base.
MRFF attorneys address refusal to relocate Nativity scene and Menorah to chapel grounds; Demands made for Travis to come clean on constitutionality of actions and avoidance of discussing the issue.
MRFF’s LETTER TO SONES
MRFF sends letter via outside counsel to 60th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Dwight C. Sones demanding end to conspicuous violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment at Travis Air Force Base
MRFF’s LETTER TO COL. SONES
MRFF’s FOLLOW-UP LETTER TO SONES
MRFF Submits Statement to Joint Congressional/Senatorial Hearings, Details Toxic Environment of anti-Muslim Bigotry Within Armed Forces
MRFF Attorney’s Letter Warning Against Internet Posts Containing Misleading Insinuations, Falsehoods
MRFF Invited to Submit Testimony for Historic Senate Hearing on the Rights of Muslim Americans
Dallas Court of Appeals Affirms Decision in MRFF’s Favor
COURT OF APPEALS OPINION
MRFF and Five Client Co-Plaintiffs File Federal Lawsuit Seeking Injunction to Stop USAFA’s Unconstitutional National Prayer Luncheon
MRFF Demands the US Army Cease and Desist Unconstitutional Survey of Soldiers
MRFF’S LETTER TO MCHUGH
MRFF’s Freedom Of Information Act Request for Information Pertaining to the U.S. Army’s “Spiritual Fitness” Survey
MRFF’S FOIA REQUEST
MRFF’S Demand for Release of USAFA Climate Survey and Investigation into Religious Coercion
MRFF’S LETTER TO GATES
MRFF and VCS Demand a Stop to the Replacement of Mental Health Professionals with Chaplains
MRFF’S LETTER TO GATES
Demand Letter sent to TRIJICON by MRFF
MRFF’S LETTER TO TRIJICON
DoD’s Motion to Dismiss Granted
LAWSUIT DISMISSAL MEMORANDUM AND ORDER PDF
Weinsteins File Lawsuit Against CFGC Head Ammerman
LAWSUIT FILING PDF
MRFF’S Demand for Reinvestigation into Religious Coercion and Proselytizing at USAFA
MRFF’S LETTER TO GATES
MRFF Files Comprehensive and Decisive Response to DoD’s Motion to Dismiss
MRFF’S RESPONSE FILING PDF
MRFF Participates in Amicus Brief for U.S. Supreme Court Case Salazar v. Buono
AMICUS BRIEF FILING PDF
MRFF’s Letter to Defense Secretary Gates Demands the Immediate Revocation of CFGC’s Ecclesiastical Endorsing Authority
MRFF’S DEMAND LETTER PDF
DOJ Responds to MRFF Lawsuit
DOJ’S RESPONSE FILING PDF
MRFF Amends Federal Lawsuit
AMENDED LAWSUIT FILING PDF
MRFF Files Voluntary Dismissal for Jeremy Hall Lawsuit
NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL PDF
MRFF Files New Federal Lawsuit Against Defense Department
COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF PDF
U.S. Department of Justice Files 350 Page Motion to Dismiss MRFF’s Federal Lawsuit
Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) Launches Landmark Lawsuit against DoD Secretary Gates and Major Freddy Welborn
MRFF Files Federal Lawsuit Against Defense Department!
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