Weinstein: Video Proves Proselytization
Rampant at U.S. Military Bases

For Immediate Release:
May 4, 2009

Contact: Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications (202) 265-3000

ALBUQUERQUE – Video released today by Al Jazeera provides concrete evidence that fundamentalist evangelical Christians within the U.S. military are proselytizing at military bases, says a leading civil rights watchdog group.

Mikey Weinstein, President and Founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, released the following statement after Al Jazeera aired its report on U.S. military proselytization at military bases in Afghanistan:

“This video clearly shows that fundamentalist, evangelical Christians within the U.S. military are putting their fellow soldiers at extreme risk by attempting to convert Afghans to Christianity. These inciteful actions are grossly offensive to not only Muslims in Afghanistan and across the world, but to all those who hold faith in the U.S. Constitution. The United States’ armed forces are not on a mission to impose a Christian God on those who believe in Muhammad. We are fighting a fundamentalist terrorist threat in Afghanistan that is hell bent on destroying America’s rights and freedoms. Al Qaeda, the Taliban and others continue to run rampant in Afghanistan and are looking for every opportunity to recruit more terrorists and justify their anti-American rhetoric. It is a travesty and an utter outrage that the Pentagon does nothing to end these practices and refuses to punish those in blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution and military ethics. We once again demand the Pentagon put an immediate stop to these outrageous practices that threaten our national security and hope, in the interim, these actions do not inspire current and future terrorists.”

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org, is 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 and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment and the “no religious test” of Article VI.


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