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Mikey Weinstein Is Fighting, Forcefully and Tirelessly,
for Military Religious
Freedom in America

Thursday, September 19, 2013

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we present a conversation with the equally vociferous, aggressive, and relentless Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, founder and president of the nonprofit Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which is (per its website) "dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment."

In the fall of 2011, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State presented Weinstein with their first-ever Person of the Year Award. Weinstein, a 1977 Honor Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, is a registered Republican who's held many positions over the years in corporate America as a senior executive and/or attorney; he spent three years in the Reagan White House as a legal counsel.

He'll also be speaking in Tulsa soon; at 2pm on Saturday the 21st, Weinstein will be the keynote speaker for the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance's 2013 Russell Bennett Award Presentation at the All Souls Unitarian Church (near 30th and Peoria). Weinstein's address is entitled "A Dire National Security Threat: The Destruction of the Wall Separating Church and State in the U.S. Armed Forces." (You'll learn more about this upcoming Tulsa Interfaith Alliance event here.)

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Tulsa Interfaith Alliance takes issue with Mikey Weinstein story

Friday, September 20, 2013

My Friday morning story about extra security being established for the Mikey Weinstein talk on Saturday disturbed the leaders of Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, who are bringing Weinstein to Tulsa.

They didn't like that I called him a controversial Jew.

Here's the email they sent:

Hi Bill,

First, I would like to thank you for the coverage you have given to MIkey Weinstein and this Saturday's event of the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance. We appreciate the support.

However, I have been asked, on behalf of the Board of Directors, to let you know that we found your characterization of Mikey Weinstein as "a controversial Jew" in this morning's article to be both inappropriate and offensive. We also find the revised title of the article, "'Level of hatred' for Jewish speaker leads to heightened security for weekend event" also to be inappropriate and inflammatory. We respectfully request that you immediately issue a correction to the online version of that report that would correct the phrase, "a controversial Jew." May we suggest, as we have used in our communication, "controversial individual." Additionally, we request the removal of "Jewish" from the headline. There is no need to characterize our speaker nor our event in such a light. 

As a past recipient of the Faith and Courage Award from the TIA, we are certain you understand that the characterization of Mikey as any type of Jew is not germane to the topic, nor it is necessary. Mikey's personal faith is not the issue here.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Rev. Bob Lawrence
Executive Director
Tulsa Interfaith Alliance

I called Rev. Lawrence, and he said the TIA board didn't take issue with calling Weinstein controversial, and agreed that he is Jewish, but found the phrase "controversial Jew" objectionable.

I told him I thought Weinstein's Jewishness was germane to the story, and said I'd acknowledge their concerns in this blog. 

Click to read this article at Tulsa World

Extra security in place for
Mikey Weinstein's church
appearance in Tulsa

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • If you want to hear Mikey Weinstein speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at All Souls Unitarian Church, leave your purses, bags, laptops and backpacks at home. They won’t be allowed in the church. And be prepared to go through a metal detector.

    Weinstein is a controversial Jew from a military family who is committed to fighting what he calls Christian proselytizing in the military, and what he sees as the threat of a takeover of the military by the "Christian Taliban."

    Organizers of the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance awards reception at which he is speaking sent out an email this week saying they were unprepared for the level of hatred that is directed against him, and were putting extra security measures in place.
  • Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) called him a "notorious anti-Christian zealot who says the military ranks are full of ‘Christian fundamentalist monsters’ whose evangelizing constitutes ‘spiritual rape,’ ‘a national security threat,’ and ‘sedition and treason.’ " That’s from Huelskamp’s own website.

    Weinstein told me our own Tulsa Congressman Jim Bridenstine was part of the "Christian Taliban" for his position on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would expand religious expression in the military.

    I called Bridenstine’s office to see if he wanted to respond to the allegation. He did not respond, but I could hear the raised eyebrows in the voice of the person I talked to when I mentioned the name Mikey Weinstein.

Click to read this article at Tulsa World

UPDATE: Click here to read
revised article at Tulsa World

IN TULSA, OK - 9/21/13

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10 ways religious groups
steal public money

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Selected Article Excerpt:

4. Support military missionaries on government salaries. Twenty to 30 years ago, evangelical Christians identified the U.S. military as a prime mission field and soldiers as potential missionaries to the world. Hundreds of evangelical and Pentecostal "endorsing" agencies began credentialing chaplains. Today, according to investigative reporter Jeff Sharlet, more than two thirds of U.S. military chaplains come from one of these two traditions. They have successfully redirected female cadets into the more time-honored roles of wife and mother, shaped entertainment and education in military academies, and cultivated a cadre of officers who support their mission. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has resisted some of their bold attempts to build an army of Christian soldiers, but missionary chaplains continue to serve and shape America’s fighting men and women, all on the public dime. The door for more remains open.

Click to read this article at Salon


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