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Violation on Video

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Military Christian Youth Ministry Tactics Include Stalking Students
on Public School Buses

Monday January 13, 2009

This video, which aired on Fort Riley TV KFRL, Fort Riley's local cable access channel, describes the Spiritual Rangers, a typical youth program similar to those found on most U.S. military installations. These youth programs, many funded by Department of Defense (DoD) contracts, are exclusively Christian and admittedly designed to target and evangelize the "unchurched" among our military youth. No comparable non-Christian youth programs exist for the children of our service men and women who are of other religions or non-religious. Additionally, the DoD job descriptions for civilian military base Religious Education Directors, like Don Ericson in the video, make it clear that these jobs are for Christians only.


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Christian Cross Does Not Honor All Deceased Veterans, Americans United, MRFF, and Others Tell Federal Appeals Court

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

San Diego Religious Symbol's Display On Public Land Violates Constitution, Church-State Watchdog Groups Argue

The Christian cross is not an appropriate symbol to memorialize deceased veterans of many different faith perspectives and should not be displayed on government property, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has told a federal appeals court.

Americans United and other religious and civil liberties groups [including the Military Religious Freedom Foundation] today asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court’s ruling holding that the Mt. Soledad cross in San Diego is a secular war memorial.

“American service personnel come from many different faiths and some follow no spiritual path at all,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It is disrespectful to our deceased veterans to use the symbol of only one faith to memorialize them all.
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ADL — Apology and
Denial League?

Friday, January 16, 2009

By Lawrence Swaim, Columnist

Pvt. Michael Handman, 20, thought it would be no big deal to wear a small head covering worn by many Jews, called a yarmulke (or kippah), during Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. — it is, after all, permitted by army regulations. But nobody could have predicted the violent reaction to that simple act, or the uproar that followed, which included an attempted cover-up, racist outbursts, appeals to the Secretary of Defense and the shocking duplicity of the Anti-Defamation League.
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Military Youth Ministry Stalks Students on Public School Buses for Jesus

Friday, January 16, 2009

By Chris Rodda

The government-funded targeting of the children of our servicemen and servicewomen by Christian religious organizations is an issue that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has been gathering information on for some time now. The countless complaints and reports from members of our armed services that we receive about this completely unconstitutional practice include everything from Christian "public service announcements" being snuck into non-religious programming on the Armed Forces Network to the complete lack of youth programs that are not Christianity-based, leaving our non-Christian military parents with the dilemma of either turning their kids over to Christian evangelists or having to explain to them why they can't participate in all the fun and exciting activities, events, and trips with the other kids.
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A Little History Lesson For
Rep. Walter B. Jones About
Military Chaplains

Sunday, January 11, 2009

By Chris Rodda

Here we go again -- the new session of Congress has just begun and another bill about military chaplains praying in Jesus' name has already been introduced.

On January 7, Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) introduced H.R. 268, a bill "To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that every military chaplain has the prerogative to close a prayer outside of a religious service according to the dictates of the chaplain's own conscience." H.R. 268, a regurgitation of H.R. 6514, which was introduced in the last congress but never made it to the floor, would amend Title 10 of the U.S. Code to state, in five separate sections:
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MRFF In Box
MRFF's Inbox

January 9, 2009

MRFF,

Gee....what a surprise....a jew wants to ban Christianity...they tried that 2,000 years ago...look what happened from that effort...so, ban ahead!...it only makes the followers of the one true faith, Christianity, stronger...

Response
January 10, 2009

Sir,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is [name withheld], and I served in the US Marines, a family tradition going back to at least WW I. My family has fought in every war this country has engaged in since the Revolution.

During the course of my own service, I was engaged in several of the major operations in Vietnam (1967-68), including close personal ground combat at [withheld]. I later served in various infantry units, and in Reconnaissance [withheld] in capacities up to and including platoon commander. I give you this information to help you to understand my own and my family military background in order to establish my credentials in that regard.

I am writing concerning your letter to MRFF and Mr. Weinstein. Your letter shows a lack of understanding of MRFF and its goals, as well as some astonishing bigotry towards Jews for one who seems to consider himself a follower of Yehoshua, who was, like Mr. Weinstein, Jewish.
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Response
January 10, 2009

Dear MRFF detractor,

Gee....what a surprise -- NOT! A Christian extremist who rewrites history, as if Jews ran the Inquisition to get rid of Christians, and Jews ran the Nazi ovens, turning Christians into ash, and Jews ran the KKK, turning Christians into marginalized, ostracized, and boycotted outsiders. As for 2000 years ago, show me physical evidence that proves any story of that era is factual.

"...one true faith..."? Let me know when God, Himself, hands you verification written by His own Hand. Meanwhile, obey the law. If you threatened or take violent action, you will be judged here on earth according to the laws of the United States of America, based on the Constitution, and nowhere in that document is Christianity, Christ, or God ever mentioned.

Anonymous

Response
January 10, 2009

Anonymous detractor,

I wanted to reply to your note to Mikey at MRFF, but I'm not sure where exactly to begin.

I could begin, I guess with the letter of Paul to the Romans, where Paul says that the Jews are our older brothers in the faith, and by God's grace through Christ, we, who are the wild branch, are grafted into the root stock of his people. So, why would Christians want to attack Jews as you have done? Through Christ, we are brothers in God.

But, next, I guess, I would say that you have greatly misunderstood the mission of MRFF, and those of us who support it. What follows is a response I wrote to another individual, and I think you might find it useful for a different perspective. As I say in that note, I am a Christian, and have served as a Navy Chaplain. But I hurt when a young man of my own church in a neighboring congregation, who attended the Air Force Academy, comments that because he did not want to attend a revival during his first weeks at the AFA, he was formed up into an "atheist flight" and marched back to the barracks, humiliated by the public denigration of his faith. This is a young man of faith, who came to his pastor before departing, excited about the future, who was presented a book of prayer for servicemembers by his congregation the Sunday before he left. Is this what you are defending? Because it happens, more often than you know.

What we in MRFF are fighting for is for all of us to serve our nation while believing as we choose. No more than this. But for some, who see the military as "another mission field", their commission, or stripes, are merely a pretext for an aggressive "evangelizing" that does not come from love, but from hate and arrogance. I believe in the Great Commission; I seek out others and share my faith, but I do it as I find receptivity, and I try and act as I believe so that others may question why I live the way I do. There is nothing in the military or MRFF that prevents me from doing this. But this is not what is going on in the military of today. There are many in our military, unfortunately many of very high rank, who seem to want us to become another crusader army; complete with crosses on our uniforms. I can think of nothing that will harm our mission around the world, and destroy the unique experience that is America. The Statue of Liberty has a poem at the base, which begins: Bring me your huddled masses, yearning to be free....That poem, which has welcomed new citizens since it was built, says nothing about welcoming only fundamentalist Christianity. And yet, there are a significant number in the US military that are attempting to make our military a Christians only organization. They are polarizing units and harming the successful completion of the service to which these young men and women are called.

The "response to another individual" mentioned above
can be found below, by clicking here.


January 15, 2009

Dear MRFF,

Thank you for all of your efforts to reduce the amount of discrimination that the army perpetrates against atheist soldiers. It is disgraceful that the army provides so many options and gives so much care to respect the rights of religious soldiers, but offers no protections for those of us who do not practice a religion or believe in a god and still manage to hold a solid philosophy and conduct ourselves professionally and properly.

I am an atheist and a soldier. I am currently deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). This is my second deployment in support of OIF. I am currently struggling with a problem of my own. I do not believe that OIF is a moral or proper use of our military, based on my strongly held philosophical beliefs. Therefore, I have requested a transfer back to my home station to continue my service obligation with a clear conscience. As you can imagine, because I am not religious, this process is not going well.

But this is not why I chose to write to you.

My intent is contained in the first paragraph. So, again, thank you for fighting for justice and equality.

(name and rank withheld)
Combat Operations Base (installation name withheld), Iraq


January 15, 2009

Mikey W. and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF):

Way to go, Mikey!

Keep up the Good Work in helping to "call out and uncover" covert evangelical, fundamentalist youth operations--funded "under the radar" by the U.S. Government and DoD! Groups like the Military Community Youth Ministries (MCYM) have been getting by with clandestine proselytizing operations for decades with out the U.S. Print or Electronic Media ever taking them on and going after them! Thanks!

[name withheld]


January 14, 2009

Dear MRFF,

A few months ago, I received an e-mail offering interpreter jobs in Afghanistan, for people who spoke Pashto. Being brought up in Afghanistan and speaking Pashto fluently (albeit a little rusty after over 35 years); I know Pashtuns (called Pukhtuns in Pakistan), I understand the people and the culture, I thought about it.

I thought, I am not doing much here, not getting anywhere with things I want to promote and the business could be a lot better. Maybe, if I go to Afghanistan, I may be able to help US military understand local a little better and help the locals understand the soldiers a little better and MAYBE, help in building some peace and MAYBE help save a few lives on both "sides".

I sent in my application, but decided not to share this information with anyone for the time being...I thought some people might get a little too worked up and some might take their real estate business elsewhere and at the time, I had not even been considered, let alone accepted.
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January 9, 2009

Go Mikey,

Happy New Year.
Your book shows a frightening situation and I continue to support you and MRFF. Keep fighting.

Best regards,
[name witheld]


January 9, 2009

Dear Mikey and (MRFF)

First, I want to thank you for your courage in standing up to this unfortunate phenomenon which I fear is going to only get uglier. You are so right; it is a bloodsport that is almost impossible and extremely difficult for us, soldiers and the like, who are being marginalized to stand up to successfully because of our power limits and the lack of interest on the part of our establishment to stand up for their own soldiers. We desperately need people like you, Mikey, and an organization like MRFF on the outside who have the courage to give us a voice and hope because otherwise our voices are completely silenced. I am a US Army Reserve [rank withheld] who attended Christian seminary back in [year withheld] in the hopes that I would become an Army Chaplain. I have completed my Masters of Theological Studies from a Christian (Methodist) seminary and have decided NOT to become an army chaplain based on several terrible and revealing experiences I have witnessed and also been a part of.
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January 10, 2009

The following email is in response to the December 30th email featured in "MRFF's Inbox" in the January MRFF Newsletter,
which can be found by clicking here.

Dear [writer]

I read your letter to MRFF concerning the free exercise/wall of separation in the Constitution, especially in your advocacy of a Christian's right to share their faith, and I would like to respond.

Let me start by saying I am a Christian, an ordained Lutheran pastor, and a veteran of 8 years of service in the Chaplaincy of the US Navy. I have served at an officer training base, a large Marine Corps base, and at sea, including during a six month deployment.

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From the MRFF Discussion Forum

Author: jimmadden2
Posted: 12 Jan 2009 06:55 am
Post subject: Re: The real intolerance of those battling intolerance....

Dear Interested Friends,

This site offers nothing more than that of Madeline O'hare with a flag. Just one look at the condition of our nations public schools should shock each citizen to our knees begging God's forgivness for banning Him from our schools. It doesn't matter whether it is a big city school or a small Columbine, CO school. We have not instructed our children in the most important wisdom of all - that is the fear of God.

Your motivation against intolerance is much misdirected...However, I believe much in the truth that you have the right to be WRONG if you want to be wrong. There is one group that is vigilent against both your and my opionion and against liberty and freedom everywhere. Our government has misdirected the battle against terrorism and not against the beliefs that set the terrorist in motion.

It is obvious to me that you don't put much study in history and it's repeating of itself. The enemy to freedom and liberty will be the resurgence of the Holy Roman Empire and the Great Religious Whore read that the Roman Catholic Church. It will gain much by having an arm of terror aligned with the willing paticipation of the Muslim scourge. Heads will roll.
I fear God and not what man can do unto me. You had better be sure that you know God like you claim.


Author: Texas Born Vet
Posted: 30 Dec 2008 10:19 am
Post subject: Re: Concerning your "Secular Government"

I am a Christian. I realize the stereotypes that you have already placed in your head about me, but give me a few seconds to straighten your perception of my and my viewpoint on government.

God and government of man are seperate entities, and should be. Does this mean that a person who believes in God should not be a governmental leader, No. But motives of this person should be watched carefully, as should those of every other person in leadership.

No one person should be given the microphone to voice their opinions to everyone in the country without the country's consent.

People who go to a Billy Graham arena event should not be upset when he speaks of God. In reverse, people who go to an Atheist meeting should not be upset when they speak of their beliefs.

That is the way a government should work. That is what our forefathers wanted. Freedom.

I have the right to swing my arms whenever and wherever I want. I lose that right when my arms touch another person. So keep your rights. I'll keep mine. Hopefully one day we can just lose all the bickering, name calling, et cettera, and voice our opinions in open forums without belittling our proverbial opponents.

Blessings.


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