November 2010          

Message From MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein

Greetings MRFF Supporters!

First and foremost, I want to continue to bring attention to the U.S. Air Force Academy's "Climate Survey" that was finally released due to widespread pressure, not the least of which was exerted by MRFF since Academy Superintendent Lt. General Gould decided to withhold this most recent survey. You will see multiple stories below highlighting the survey's results, including the following alarming statistic:

41% of non-Christian cadets have experienced unwanted proselytization at the Academy.

Additionally, please be sure to take a look at the recent article distributed by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. This expansive story takes an in-depth look at the recent "Rock the Fort" fundamentalist Christian concerts on military bases, their deep connections to Franklin Graham Ministries, and MRFF's extensive involvement fighting against unconstitutional religious incursions in the U.S. military.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the recent Santa Fe premiere of "Fair Game," starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. A portion of the proceeds from this event was graciously donated to MRFF. This thrilling new film is a dramatization of true events in the lives of former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson. Joe and Valerie are long-time devoted supporters of MRFF, and Joe is a valued member of MRFF's Board of Directors.

All of us at MRFF continue to be encouraged by the many messages of support that are being submitted to our virtual wall separating church and state, which can be seen at helpbuildthewall.org. One recent submission reads "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" which translates to "Who will guard the guards?" The answer is YOU - as evidenced by the powerful statements posted on this wall.

With your continuing generous support, we can keep fighting for unconditional religious freedom for every single honorable and noble serviceman or servicewoman in the U.S. armed forces. Please do so today by pledging a donation to Help Build The Wall between Church and State in the United States military. Your donation is fully tax-deductible, as always, and you can submit your own text for a brick.

Your Eternal Ally,
Mikey

Mikey Weinstein

MRFF Featured News
November 2010


11/16/10 - TRUTHOUT – Air Force Academy Excludes Group That Exposed Proselytizing of Military Personnel From "Religious Respect" Conference

11/16/10 - COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE – Atheists and ordained
OK AFA's religious tolerance plan

11/14/10 - AMERICANS UNITED – Army of God?
U.S. Military Helps Franklin Graham Ministry ‘Rock The Fort’ And Rip The Constitution

11/10/10 - MILITARY.COM – Schwartz Call for Change Ignored by Academy
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, after receiving urgent notice from many of its 172
victim-clients at the U.S. Air Force Academy, brought this story to Military.com's attention

11/2/10 - RELIGION NEWS SERVICE – Air Force Academy Cites
Progress In Tackling Religious Intolerance

11/1/10 - Breaking News: MRFF’s Demand Finally Met by Air Force Academy
Click for articles from Military.com, Associated Press, Colorado Springs Gazette, and News First 5

11/1/10 - ONLINEJOURNAL.COM – Sacrilege, sex, and the midterm election

11/1/10 - VETERANS TODAY – Military Religious Freedom Group
Victorious at Air Force Academy

10/29/10 - ASSOCIATED PRESS – 41% of non-Christian AF cadets cite proselytizing

10/29/10 - ASSOCIATED PRESS – Retired Chaplains Come Out
Against DADT Repeal, Citing 'Religious Freedom'

10/28/10 - HUFFINGTON POST – Should the U.S. Military
Be Promoting and Endorsing Glenn Beck?

10/27/10 - COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE – Fagin: Belief in
obvious nonsense is not a harmless indulgence

10/19/10 - ANTI WAR – Doctor Chaplain and the army of God

10/15/10 – COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE – AFA to release parts of cadet climate survey


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MRFF's Inbox

Regarding the proselytization of the US Army

Click here to read many more emails MRFF
has received in the "MRFF's Inbox" archive


Just Released by a Friend of MRFF:

C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy

By Jeff Sharlet

Jeff Sharlet is the New York Times bestselling author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (Harper, 2008) and a contributing editor for Harper's magazine and Rolling Stone. He is the co-author, with Peter Manseau, of Killing the Buddha, named by Publishers Weekly one of the ten best religion titles of 2004, and co-editor with Manseau of Believer, Beware. Jeff is currently a member of the faculty at Dartmouth College.

Click here for more information and to purchase this book


MRFF Needs Your Constant Vigilance to Uncover
Unconstitutional Religious Incursions in the Military

The constitutional violations occurring in our military are so numerous and widespread
that we can't possibly find all of them ourselves. MRFF counts on its supporters and volunteers --
the indispensable "eyes and ears" who alert us to everything from the most egregious of constitutional
violations to articles we might be interested in.

So, keep the emails coming, and never think that anything is too insignificant or assume
that we might already know about it. You never know -- you might have stumbled into the
next bombshell of a story and not even realize it.

Please report anything that may be of concern to:
info@militaryreligiousfreedom.org



You can see the above stories, as well as much more,
on the dynamic new MilitaryReligiousFreedom.org

And don't forget that you can join the discussion by posting
your own comments on every story on our website!

The media outlets referenced in the links above have no affiliation with the
Military Religious Freedom Foundation, nor have expressed endorsement thereof.
While we make every effort to ensure that news articles pertaining to our Foundation
remain available for you to access, we are unable to guarantee that the articles linked
above will remain online and unchanged indefinitely.