FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, the Founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), will be speaking in Dayton on Sunday, April 13, 2014. His presentation is entitled "Religious Intolerance in the Armed Forces: As Dangerous as it Gets." This free event will be held at Temple Beth or in South Dayton at 5275 N. Marshall Rd, Dayton, OH 45429, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Mikey is a 1977 Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His oldest son and daughter-in-law are 2004 graduates, Mikey's youngest son graduated in the Class of 2007 from the Air Force Academy, and Mikey’s son-in-law is a 2010 graduate from USAFA and is the sixth member of Mikey's family to attend the Academy. His father is a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Mikey spent 10 years in the Air force as a "JAG" or military attorney serving as both a Federal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. As legal counsel in the West Wing of the Reagan Administration White House, Mikey was named the Committee Management Officer of the much-publicized Iran-Contra Investigation.
After stints at prominent law firms in both New York City and Washington, D.C., Mikey served as the first General Counsel to Texas billionaire and two-time Presidential candidate H. Ross Perot and Perot Systems Corporation. He left Mr. Perot's employ in 2006 to focus his full-time attention on the nonprofit charitable foundation he established to directly battle the far-right militant radical evangelical religious fundamentalists: the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org).
Mikey and MRFF have been actively and aggressively protecting members of the U.S. Military from unconstitutional religious influence in relation to their training, assignment, advancement, and retention since 2005. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has received 6 Nobel Peace Prize nominations over the course of 5 consecutive years, including 2014, while serving over 36,000 clients (96% Christian and 4% Atheist, Agnostic, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Shinto, Buddhist, Wiccan, Native-American Spiritualist, etc.) during this relatively short period of time. Mikey was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in America by the Forward, one of the nation’s preeminent Jewish publications. As the only organization dedicated solely to the protection of the religious freedoms and dignity of ALL members of the U.S. Military, Mikey was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense’ in 2012 by Defense News (from Gannett Company, Inc., which counts among its publications USA Today, Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times, Armed Forces Journal and Federal Times).
Assisting Mikey on MRFF’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board is an impressive array of military leaders, ambassadors, presidential cabinet level advisors, religious and historical academics, and one Nobel Peace Prize winner: http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/about/foundation-voices/
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