Greetings MRFF Supporters!
As some of you may already know, January 16th is National Religious Freedom Day in the United States. Many evangelical Christian organizations have attempted to co-opt this important day to promote additional religious expression within government institutions such as public schools. We at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation want to bring additional attention to National Religious Freedom Day because it commemmorates the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786, which provided the theoretical basis for the separation of church and state codified in the all-important First Amendment to the United States Constitution. For more information on National Religious Freedom Day, please see this first-rate blog post written by my good friend Rob Boston at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
As usual, we continue to make national news. Just in the last couple of weeks, I've been on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" and NPR's "All Things Considered" fighting for the unconditional and immediate elimination of the "Spiritual Fitness" survey component of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. This invasive, unconstitutional survey designates capable soldiers as "spiritually unfit to serve" if they don't believe in a higher power, and goes on to recommend "spiritual training" to rectify their shortcomings. Please see the many links below to articles pertaining to the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.
And now turning to some internal MRFF news, I'm extremely proud to announce that accomplished actor and activist Mike Farrell has joined the MRFF Advisory Board. Please see below for a link to his full biography.
We need your help to continue the fight. If you've been following MRFF for some time, you'll surely remember the swastika and crucifix vandalism on my home, as well as the massive amount of horrendously vitriolic hate mail (PDF) we receive at MRFF. Help us push back against these extremists! No donation is too small - please donate today.
Your Eternal Ally,