July 2009
 

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MRFF Resolutely Stops
U.S. Air Force Flyover of
Blatantly Christian Event

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Obama administration a disappointment to military church-state leader

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The leading activist in the fight to make the U.S. military live up to constitutional church-state protections is glad the Pentagon has decided not to allow an Air Force “flyover” as part the annual God and Country Festival in Nampa, Idaho – the first time military authorities have denied the sponsoring group’s request in 42 years.

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MRFF Congratulates Obama Administration and U.S. Air Force for Doing the Right Thing

Sunday, July 5, 2009

By Chris Rodda

A little over two years ago, because of an article I wrote about the Christian nationalist history revisionism that was showing up in the Junior ROTC American history curriculum, I was pulled away from my work fighting the history revisionists by an organization I had never heard of -- the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). It was just before Memorial Day 2007, and my first assignment from MRFF was to investigate the issue of military participation in evangelical Christian rallies disguised as patriotic events. Concerns had been raised about one event in particular -- an annual event held at Stone Mountain in Georgia. Scheduled to be a major part of this weekend long evangelical rally were a plethora of military exhibits, speakers, color guards, and bands, with the highlight being the hourly military flyovers, including a B-2 flyover during the Sunday worship service while U.S. Air Force Major Brian “Jethro” Neal, a B-2 pilot, was giving his personal Christian testimony.

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WOW!!. Look what you and MRFF have done,

Mikey !!! BRAVO!!!
This one CLEARLY belongs to you!

YOU DID IT!!!

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Pentagon Denies Flyover of Patriotic 'God and Country Rally' in Nampa Idaho Because of its Christian Content

Friday, July 3, 2009

Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, 540-538-4741, 202-547-1735; Brandi Swindell, Director, Generation Life, 208-867-1307; Patti Syme, Director, The God and Country Rally, 208-573-9300

NAMPA, Idaho, July 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- This marks the first time in the 42 year history of the event that a flyover request was denied by the Pentagon.

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Camp David Chaplain: "First we get the military, then we get the nation"

Monday, June 29, 2009

By: Chris Rodda

One thing we do here at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is to do a quick check on any military chaplain whose name shows up in the news for anything other than a routine reason. So, with the news this morning that President Obama had selected the chapel at Camp David as his church, we did our usual thing of checking to see if any big red flags popped up regarding the chapel's pastor, Lt. Carey Cash. Within minutes, we found Lt. Cash quoted as saying, "First we get the military, then we get the nation," a statement that, needless to say, we considered a big, giant red flag.

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Evergreen worship with
Johnny Cash's nephew

Saturday, July 4, 2009

By Ron Cassie
News-Post Staff

On March 22, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan attended Palm Sunday services at Thurmont's Trinity United Church of Christ. A plaque on the pew where Eisenhower sat commemorates the visit, pastor Les Sims said.

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Lt. Carey H. Cash is pastor at the Evergreen Chapel at Camp David, as reported by Time magazine this week. Cash is the great-nephew of country singing legend Johnny Cash and author of the book, “A Table in the Presence: The Dramatic Account of How a U.S. Marine Battalion Experienced God’s Presence Amidst the Chaos of War in Iraq.”

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Mikey vs. Goliath

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

By: Matthew LoFiego

Please Note: The commentary in this article is not meant to imply an endorsement of MRFF by MOAA.

‘To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out
of men’
- Abraham Lincoln

On the Trail of an Email Personality

Of all the emails we receive on a daily basis, there is no more prolific subject than religion. While MOAA’s efforts to improve the quality of life for every member of the military, we do not get involved on the topic of faith. The Battle of the Bilge will only run email or web page analysis on religious topics when there is a direct military link, such as the bible burning incident in Afghanistan or the restrictions on speaking in uniform at faith based events. But for every topic that does involve the military, we receive dozens that do not. One of the most frequent names that appear in email forwards, in both scorn and praise, is Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Battle of the Bilge tracked down Mikey, as he asked to be called, and had a long night time chat about the foundation, the troubles facing the military and his mission, which has turned his life upside down.

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Covers Advance of Fundamentalism
in US Military

Saturday, June 27, 2009

By: Bruce Wilson

A June 23, 2009 report from Al Jazeera (English) by Josh Rushing, "Fault Lines - Religion in the Military", expertly covers a topic the US media has been reluctant to address: an aggressive effort, often abusive, coercive and even illegal, to advance a heavily sectarian, supremacist form of Christianity in the United States military.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

By: Chris Rodda

As I wrote back in May, the antics of disgraced former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, and his retaliation against the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, after the two organizations issued a joint letter to the Chief of Naval Operations requesting an investigation of his use of his image in uniform to solicit funds for political causes, led MRFF to take a closer look at Klingenschmitt's endorser, the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches (CFGC) and its leader, retired Army colonel Jim Ammerman. What we found was astounding, and led to a decision by MRFF to formally demand that Ammerman, whose agency provides the ecclesiastical endorsements required by the Department of Defense for over 270 military chaplains and chaplain candidates, be stripped of the authority granted to him and his organization by the DoD to endorse military chaplains.

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IN THEORY:
Militant approach to Christianity

Friday, June 26, 2009

Newsweek magazine reported this week that a civil rights watchdog group is accusing the military of using its presence in Muslim countries to spread Christianity among the population, a “serious” violation of military protocol. What implications are there for those people who suddenly see themselves staring at the cover of a Christian Bible and are pressured into believing in something they don’t? What actions should the military take, both at the command level and rank-and-file, to prevent this from happening?

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Standing for Separation of Church and State in the Military

Monday, June 29, 2009

By: Rain

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation was formed to address issues relating to proselytism (which is forbidden) in the U.S. military. Over the last few years, you may have read about the founder, Mikey Weinstein, in his battle over aggressive evangelism in the Air Force Academy. He is an alumnus of the Academy, himself – and was absolutely appalled by the anti-Semitic treatment his son was receiving there from evangelical Christians. That offensive treatment was not limited to Jews only – it was affecting everyone who was not an adherent of that particular, aggressive brand of evangelical Christianity.

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Background on Chaplain Endorsing Agencies, CFCG, and MRFF

Friday, June 26, 2009

Please Note: The commentary in this article is not meant to imply an official MOAA position on the MRFF letter. From time to time, we will address topics that are outside of our official scope to help provide factual information as best we can.

For those not familiar with the process of becoming a military chaplain, here is some background information. The Armed Forces Chaplain Board makes recommendations via certified ‘Endorsing Agencies’ to the Secretary of Defense on a variety of chaplain issues. There are currently nine administrating endorsing agencies and approximately another 187 endorsing agencies. The full list of agencies can be found here. The purpose of the AFCB is listed on their website here as:

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Marine Staff Sergeant Justin Harding, a disciple of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, has appeared twice -- both times in uniform -- on a religious program called "The Defining Moment." Here are some clips from his second appearance on the program, during which he discussed his faith, his devotion to Rev. Moon, and his thoughts about becoming a chaplain. He also told a nice little story about how he would use his rank to make his subordinates get in formation and order them to sound off, shouting "Reverend Moon is the Messiah."


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Mikey Weinstein

Greetings MRFF supporters!

Amazing! Our constant presence and pressure just led to the Pentagon's denial of an Air Force flyover of a blatantly Christian event in Idaho for the first time in 42 years! You'll find extensive coverage of this breakthrough in this very newsletter.

It's been another groundbreaking month of mass media coverage for us here at MRFF. As a result of MRFF's constant vigilance, we were extremely pleased to have been featured on a homepage story by Newsweek.com, which was also covered by MSNBC.com. In addition, our crack Senior Research Director, Chris Rodda, spoke on behalf of MRFF for Faultlines, one of Al Jazeera's prominent investigative programs.

In June, we launched our vital call to action fundraising campaign, Help Build The Wall. We are in dire straits at MRFF, and without your immediate assistance we won't survive! We are looking for motivated individuals to get at least $300 in donations from anyone and everyone they are in contact with. Please see the featured section at the top of this newsletter for more information and to participate!

Finally, as you know, we recently sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, demanding the immediate revocation of CFGC's ecclesiastical endorsing authority. This letter was also sent to President Obama, the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chairmen of the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services Committees, and more. You will see much more coverage of this letter in this newsletter, as well as the June 26th edition of our Weekly Watch.

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