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Friday, December 22, 2017


UNCONSTITUTIONAL APPEARANCE OF U.S. ARMY BAND, "PERSHING'S OWN," AT MORMON TEMPLE CONCERT "TO COMEMERATE [sic]
THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST"

Mikey/MRFF's Demand Letter
to COL Andrew J. Esch

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Click to view invitation to Mormon Temple's "Festival of Lights"



SOUTHERN BAPTISTS' CHAPLAINCY WEBSITE SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT
PAID MISSIONARIES

"Every Chaplain is a
Missionary in Uniform"

Thursday, December 21, 2017

*MRFF’s Constitutional civil-rights battle for separation of church and state in the U.S military faces vicious opposition from fundamentalist evangelical Christian dominionists hell-bent on ensuring military chaplains function as “government paid missionaries” (click link to see MRFF’s video on this topic). This archaic, crusader like mentality is, by far, the greatest threat America faces today.  The following ridiculous quotes currently appear on the Southern Baptists’ Chaplaincy Home Page:

“Every chaplain is a missionary in uniform, and an evangelist at large, called to share the gospel where few missionaries can go.” 

“Today Southern Baptist chaplains continue carrying the Gospel into places where the church cannot go…”

The terrifying prospect of a powerful minority group of fundamentalists using our country’s military might as a force for evangelism IS a clear and present danger.  MRFF fights against this insidious threat and protects servicemembers from religious bigotry and forced evangelism within America’s Armed Forces daily, but we fear should such an ideology gain a stronger foothold abroad, our country faces igniting wars and unleashing medieval chaos under the guise of doing God’s work.

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On December 21st, 2017, a MRFF asset sent Mikey the following email:

From: MRFF Asset/Former Senior Military Christian Chaplain
Subject: “Every chaplain is a missionary in uniform…”
Date: December 21, 2017 at 5:10:10 PM MST
To: “‘Mikey Weinstein'”
Cc: xxxxxxxxxxxx

It is estimated that between 18 and 20 percent of all military chaplains are Southern Baptist (even though only 3 percent of all personnel are Southern Baptist).  It is further often-stated that another 60 some percent are some other brand of Evangelical clergy.  But as these clergy have sworn to support the Constitution, and especially focus on the First Amendment where they agree to “Perform or Provide for the Free Exercise of Religion” of all people, to the best of their ability. Faith group membership and credentialing of these chaplains really should not matter, in general.  A chaplain is a chaplain is a chaplain.  Right?  Well, not quite.  

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MIKEY/MRFF's STATEMENT ON RETIREMENT OF AMERICANS UNITED's EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REV. BARRY W. LYNN

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

As 2017 draws to an end, MRFF looks back upon a tumultuous year which has greatly tested the mettle and grit of freedom loving Americans everywhere who value the separation of church and state in our government and in our military.  

Americans United (AU) is a staunch MRFF ally. They relish in our victories and share in our dismay during times of monumental struggle and regress. But both of our organizations know this game well.  We know that turbulent ups and downs are to be expected on this brutal civil rights journey.  The arduous struggle to defend the Constitution demands great spirit, motivation, and the ability to steadily persevere without backing down to those who aim to dismantle America’s freedom.  Having alliances with others sharing in this mindset is a powerful asset.  

On November 7, 2011 I was greatly honored by AU and was awarded the organization’s first ever “Person of the Year Award.”  In their press release, AU described MRFF as “the leading voice protecting church-state separation in the military.” 

For 25 years, Rev. Barry W. Lynn served as AU’s executive director fighting for American’s Constitutional rights of similar ilk. 

Barry recently retired after an illustrious career.

MRFF and AU maintain a powerful pattern of victories as the result of combining forces on occasion to bring the fight to the fundamentalist Christian dominionist elements in our government. While I’m sad to see a tireless civil rights pioneer like Barry go, at the same time I am honored to have worked with him over the years and to have formed a mutually beneficial relationship with AU. MRFF and AU’s alliance is strong, and will only continue to flourish during these incredibly pressing times.

MRFF, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Barry for his courageous efforts, and to wish him the very best of luck in retirement.


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