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Sunday, May 17, 2009

By Robert Draper


Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has always answered his detractors by claiming that history will one day judge him kindly. But as he waits for that day, a new group of critics—his administration peers—are suddenly speaking out for the first time. What they’re saying? It isn’t pretty

On the morning of Thursday, April 10, 2003, Donald Rumsfeld’s Pentagon prepared a top-secret briefing for George W. Bush. This document, known as the Worldwide Intelligence Update, was a daily digest of critical military intelligence so classified that it circulated among only a handful of Pentagon leaders and the president; Rumsfeld himself often delivered it, by hand, to the White House. The briefing’s cover sheet generally featured triumphant, color images from the previous days’ war efforts: On this particular morning, it showed the statue of Saddam Hussein being pulled down in Firdos Square, a grateful Iraqi child kissing an American soldier, and jubilant crowds thronging the streets of newly liberated Baghdad. And above these images, and just below the headline secretary of defense, was a quote that may have raised some eyebrows. It came from the Bible, from the book of Psalms: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him...To deliver their soul from death.”


The Huffington Post

MRFF's Response to Rumsfeld Crusade Memos: We Told You So!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

By Chris Rodda

While I am as happy as a pig in shit that GQ managed to obtain Donald Rumsfeld's Bible verse riddled Worldwide Intelligence Update cover sheets, and that their release is getting such tremendous attention, I have to admit that I was a bit exasperated by this statement from GQ: "This mixing of Crusades-like messaging with war imagery, which until now has not been revealed, had become routine." Why my exasperation? Because this "routine" mixing of "Crusades-like messaging with war imagery" by the Department of Defense has been revealed over and over by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) since its founding by Mikey Weinstein in the Winter of 2005.



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Listen to the "godly", former US Navy Chaplain
(and Air Force Academy graduate) Gordon Klingenschmitt
invoke Deuteronomy 23, proclaiming a curse against
Mikey Weinstein and 10 generations of his descendants.


"Let us pray. Almighty God, today we pray your blessing upon the Chief of Army Chaplains, Major General Douglas Carver, who called for a day of prayer and fasting for our troops, then got falsely accused of violating the U.S. Constitution by the anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein, simply because he invited chaplains of all diverse faiths to fast and pray for our soldiers safety and health. God we proclaim Deuteronomy 23, that you will bless those who honor and obey your laws, and curse those who dishonor you,
in Jesus name, Amen. "


Gordo Calls Down God's Curse Again

Friday, May 22, 2009

By Ed Brayton

Our old friend, the perpetually insane Gordon Klingenschmitt, has for a second time prayed for God to curse Mikey Weinstein. Here's the new prayer:


The Huffington Post

Conspiracy Theorist Military Chaplains Promote Anti-American Militia Activity

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

By Chris Rodda

Every once in a while, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) stumbles into a story that's so crazy that even we have a hard time believing it's true, and, it just happened again. But, before getting into this story, I would be remiss in not extending, on behalf of MRFF, a sincere thank you to former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, without whose recent actions we never would have paid attention to an organization whose members include some of the most bizarre and dangerous chaplains we have ever come across in the U.S. military.


Media Monitors Network

Has the U.S. Military become
the breeding ground for America's
own brand of al-Qaeda?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

By Habib Siddiqui

"If the Obama Administration is serious about change from Bush’s reckless policy of tying Christian fundamentalism with national interest, resulting in a world disorder (let alone spiraling America’s economic recession) to an equitable policy towards a more cohesive world order, it must renounce its own brand of al-Qaeda growing within the Armed Forces. It ought to know that when its military goes into another country with a killing machine in one hand and a Bible in the other, such a behavior is arrogant and stupid. It can only create resentment and repercussion, and produce the likes of Zarqawi among the victims. But more importantly, such images fit directly into Al-Qaeda's meme that Americans are engaged in a new Crusade to destroy Islam. As a global power, can America afford to be seen as a neo-Crusading power of our time? "


The Huffington Post

Code 1, Code 2, Code 3 at Bagram Airfield

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

By Chris Rodda

The preferred response from the military when U.S. troops are caught red-handed committing moral and ethical atrocities or violating military regulations or the law is that it didn't happen. But, when such irrefutable evidence of an incident is uncovered that a complete denial, known as "Code 1," becomes impossible, they resort to "Code 2" -- this was an "isolated incident" -- or "Code 3" -- it was taken out of context.


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Army's Prescription To Combat
Soldier Suicides: Christianity

Monday, May 11, 2009

By Jason Leopold

A recent edition of the U.S. Army’s suicide prevention manual advises military chaplains to promote “religiosity,” specifically Christianity, as a way to deter distraught soldiers from committing suicide, which in recent months, according to one veterans advocacy group, has reached epidemic proportions.


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Military commanders may want
their troops to pray a little less

Saturday, May 9, 2009

By Denis Staunton

Some US soldiers are allegedly trying to
convert Afghans to Christianity

THURSDAY WAS the national day of prayer in the US and, like all his predecessors since Harry Truman, US president Barack Obama issued a proclamation calling on all Americans "to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings".



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This edition's article comes from the May 1, 2009 issue of The Signal, the base newspaper of Fort Gordon, Georgia.

In an article titled "Life changing witness," Chaplain (Capt.) Leonardo Rivera-Rivera of the 63rd Signal Battalion, using a story about dropping a worm into a fire to illustrate "a perfect picture of what Christ can do for all men," explains why those who have been released from being "bound by the forces of sin and doomed to eternal damnation" by finding Jesus "should not hesitate to share with everyone the story of [their] own conversion," and why they "can’t stop talking about Jesus and all that He has done" for them.

Click here to read the actual article

MRFF's Inbox

April 26, 2009

Dear Mr. Weinstein,

The late, great H. L. Mencken is quoted as saying "Religion is escape from reality". He softens the statement by adding that reality is terrifying to the average man and woman.

The history of religion, from the first shaman, who discovered he could control the minds of the tribe members by preying on their ignorance and superstition, is gross with atrocities committed in the name of religion. To me, fundamentalist religion borders on insanity.


May 10, 2009

Mr. Weinstein,

please keep up the good work. wish I could actually get my hands on a few of these people who have written to you and threatened you and your family. They are ignorant scum at best. no excuse for the military though. please know that you have our support.

[name withheld]

May 11, 2009

Dear MRFF,

"Why are you so angry?"

People have been asking me that question since I was a young military officer. Here, from Thomas Aquinas, is the answer:

"He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust."

Now when people ask that question, I respond "Why aren't you?"

[name withheld]

May 11, 2009

Dear Mikey,

I want to congratulate Reza Aslan for his excellent interview on Here&Now, which I heard in Boston at WBUR. Perhaps you can forward this email to him.

Aslan did a superb job in pointing out the dangers of fundamentalist 'thinking' and basing one's life (and public policy!) on some imaginary spirit-world, cosmic war. And showing that 'jihadist', apocalyptic doctrines exist within Judaism, Islam, and Christian sects.

Thanks for all the good work you all at Military Religious Freedom do to stand up, courageously, for separation of church&state.

Best regards,
[name withheld]

May 13, 2009

Mikey: I am a grandfather living on the Base at Fort Hood, TX with my wife, daughter and her 7-year old twin girls (our granddaughters). Her husband is a combat soldier serving with the United States Army in Iraq.

Recently, our granddaughters' 2nd-grade teachers handed all the children a flyer inviting them to a "Party Club" at the elementary school, told them to have their parents sign the invitation and return it to the elementary school office. It turns out that the "party" is sponsored by the Fort Hood Garrison Chaplain's Office and Military Children's Ministry, and "the club is led by trained personnel who serve under the supervision of Child Evangelism Fellowship and Military Children's Ministry."


May 13, 2009


You have the name "Military Religious Freedom" Foundation yet you offer no freedom to Christians.

Have you not noticed that the Christians are not forcing others to convert but simply sharing their message. Muslim extremists on the other hand force all others, the infidels, to convert to their religion or be killed in a variety of haienous manners.

You are a disgrace to the Constitution which was founded by Christian men.


May 13, 2009

Dear Mr. Weinstein,

My name is (name withheld), and I am a freshman at (college name withheld) College in (U.S. state name withheld). I am a subscriber to Harper's Magazine, and I recently read the article entitled: "Jesus Killed Mohammed: The Crusade for a Christian Military" by Jeff Sharlet. This article really opened my eyes to a lot of things that I hadn't known were going on. I was, of course, well-aware of the conservative side of the military, and the conservative nature of military academics like the Air Force Acadmy. However, I had no idea the extent to which this religious insanity went, and frankly sir, it terrifies me. The fact that our military is being infiltrated by people who openly admit that they are (at least in their own minds) under-cover, who openly admit that they believe Islam is satanic and Muslims are demonic makes me very afraid for this country.


May 18, 2009

I am thrilled to have discovered your organization today. As a military spouse I have long been bothered by the role of religious (Christian) beliefs and observances in the military in general, and during official military events specifically. And to see now this evidence of outright proselytizing in Iraq and Afghanistan -- I am completely appalled.

Kudos to all of the board and volunteers within the MRFF for trying to keep the military accountable.

[name withheld]

May 18, 2009

just watched the clip you have posted on your web site .Are you for real preaching about Jesus Christ is a threat to are national security? Youre out of your friggin mind you hate jesus soo much your foaming out the mouthwith this garbage your spewing. the national security threat is some piece of shit trying to stamp out religion in the armed forces your the ones that should be locked up. conspiring with the muslim news media to stamp out christianity. I'll bet if they were trying to convert them to be jewish we would not hear a peep from you but we all know the muslims would rather die than become jewish and you cant stand the fact that someone might decide to follow jesus ohh that would be terrible. well know this after every rotten thing youre trying to do jesus still loves you. in spite of youre being a traiter and a big pile of shit.
have a nice day
p.s. your org. should be named anti religious freedom because that youre real mission no matter waht you try and pass yourself off as
bill the christian

May 19, 2009

Regarding the GQ article and slideshow
found in this Weekly Watch:

Fellow concerned Americans and others who will soon be,

This item has appeared on all major news networks following publication in GQ this week..

And still, all kinds of excuses are being made by media. "Well, after all, it was just a memo to a few high level government officials!" Duh!


May 20, 2009

Thank you. I love the MRFF and have been touting their work to everyone I know and telling everyone to dig in their pockets. Mikey Weinstein has been a voice crying in the wilderness for several years. Now it appears that the outrages have finally penetrated the fringes of mainstream media.

The more information comes out the nastier the details.

Dig in your pockets, all!

May 21, 2009

From: "Episcopal Church Magazine"

By David Somerville

Is Fundamentalism Flooding our Military Chaplaincies?

Not likely, you might think. But consider my recently gained respect for the people of our northern midwest, and then read on.


May 22, 2009

Mr. Foxman:

Have we reached a point in time, after the story in Harpers & GQ relative to
the violation of constitutional rights and other illegal acts , for ADL to provide some acknowledgement and or support to The Military Religious Freedom Foundation?

Please let me hear from you.


[name withheld]

May 22, 2009

I would like you to explain to me where in the Constitution you have found a mandated “separation between church and state.” You are promoting a twisted lie and undermining the foundations of this country with your vicious actions. Perhaps you could better serve your faith and your country by helping to defeat the religious and political threats against our nation and its people. Oh wait... apparently you support this destruction. Good luck with that on judgment day!


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