December 2011          

Message From MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein

Mikey WeinsteinValued MRFF Supporters,

Since its inception in 2005, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has been battling a growing trend of religious extremism, whose fundamentalist Christian militancy is engrained with a virulent hostility to the core democratic rights afforded to all Americans - especially our servicemembers. MRFF has been combating nothing less than the relentless stripping-away of the very freedoms that these brave men and women have pledged to defend and secure at all costs. Despite our years of service, the systemic and well-funded assault against our servicemembers’ civil rights continues to attain 'biblical' proportions. Please do your part to help our servicemen and women with your fully tax-deductible donation before the year ends.

While our opponents vociferously deny the existence of this entrenched culture of fundamentalist extremism within the U.S. military, the facts testify to an altogether different reality. With over 25,000 victim-clients having reached out to MRFF as a direct result of this deplorable environment, your support has enabled us to stand firm as a stable and trusted resource for those with no other recourse.

Please click here for a full list of the concrete achievements that MRFF has fought for - and won - in 2011 alone. We are extremely proud to announce that MRFF has just been nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, making this the third year in a row we have received a nomination.

In a world gripped by economic crises, our opportunistic foes, backed by wealthy donors as well as tithes collected weekly in tens of thousands of fundamentalist Christian collection plates across the nation, are tremendously emboldened by the expectation that they’ll escape accountability and the scrutiny of the American people. Our ongoing leadership in this important cause is simply not possible without your support. Waging this war with a minimal staff, our commitment to this struggle means that we never turn away those who need our help. We focus your generous donations into ever-growing efforts in direct proportion to the dictatorial, Taliban-esque ambitions of our opponents. Make your year-end fully tax-deductible donation today. Help us ensure that the crumbling wall separating church and state in the United States military doesn’t come crashing down on our heads. Help us rebuild the wall!

Your Eternal Ally,

Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein
Founder & President
Military Religious Freedom Foundation

MRFF Featured News
December 2011

MRFF's 2011 Year End Appeal

Generous donors have offered to match donations made up to a total of $75,000 —
Make your fully tax-deductible donation before the December 31st, 2011 tax deadline!


 

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MRFF, ALLIES DEMAND REMOVAL OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL
RELIGIOUS DISPLAYS AT TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE

MRFF and allies demand end to conspicuous Constitutional violation at Travis AFB; One of the nation’s largest Christian organizations calls for USAF to refrain from endorsing particular religious faiths.

Monday, December 12, 2011

  • MRFF flexes legal muscle as it sends letter via prestigious international law firm Jones Day to 60th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Dwight C. Sones demanding immediate end to conspicuous violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
  • California Council of Churches IMPACT, which represents 1.5 million members from 5,500 mainline Christian congregations, asks that religious proselytization and promotion of Christian holidays be left to churches and NOT the armed forces.
  • "Illusion of a pluralistic environment" shattered: American Atheists Military Department request for display rejected by USAF chaplaincy

MEDIA COVERAGE OF MRFF’S DEMANDS
FOR CONSTITUTIONAL COMPLIANCE

Friday, December 16, 2011

  • ABC NEWS 10 - Holiday displays bring out humbugs at Travis AFB (WITH VIDEO)
  • MILITARY.COM - AF Base Under Fire for Crèche, Menorah Displays
  • KCRA SACRAMENTO - Federal Lawsuit Over Holiday Display?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

  • ABC NEWS 10 – Holiday display sparks battle at Travis AFB (WITH VIDEO)
  • THE BALTIMORE SUN – Holiday Decorations Cause Stir on Travis Air Force Base
  • THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE (INSIDE BAY AREA) – Nativity, menorah
    displays cause stir at Travis Air Force Base
  • THE REPORTER (VACAVILLE, CA) – Group wants Travis Air Force base to remove nativity, menorah displays
  • SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE – Travis AFB asked to move menorah, nativity

Click here to learn more

 

MRFF FOUNDATION VOICE FEATURED BY POLITICUSUSA

Fox News Pretends MRFF is Declaring War
on Christianity Over Nativity Scene

By MRFF Board Member Leah Burton

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • The debate going on over the Travis Air Force Base’s overt Christmas display is a pervasive activity with calculated intent – not an isolated event. Fox Nation (website of Fox News) is pretending that a call to leave religious symbols out of a the holiday display is a war on the entire base, as demonstrated by their article entitled "Anti-Nativity Group Declares War on Travis AFB."
  • Distorting our defense of religious freedoms as an "attack on Christianity" is dishonest. At no time have we recommended or proposed the cessation of ritual or the removal of Christianity from any military base. We have worked tirelessly to keep one belief from dictating a mandate to all others whose beliefs differ. We support the rituals of worship honored in their respective places, not when they elbow their way to the forefront with blatant disregard for any other belief. It is because of you that MRFF exists.

Click to read this powerful article

 

MRFF FEATURED BY HUFFINGTON POST

Southern Baptists Admit That They Oppose
Religious Equality In The Military

By Chris Rodda, MRFF Senior Research Director

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • Well, it doesn’t get any clearer than this. In an article from the Baptist Press, the news arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Southern Baptists have finally come right out and admitted what we at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) have known all along — they oppose religious equality in the U.S. military.
  • The Baptist Press, like a number of other Christian news outlets, is currently reviving the nearly year old story about Air Force Academy’s outdoor worship area in response to recent events at the Academy, particularly the recent change made by the Academy regarding cadet participation in Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child. Hey, they have to have some other juicy, if not quite true, examples of Christian persecution to generate some good outrage, right? And they also need someone to target as the big, bad anti-Christian boogeyman — and that would be Mikey Weinstein, the founder and president of MRFF. In fact, the main gist of Baptist Press article is that none of this horrible Christian persecution at the Air Force Academy is the Academy’s fault; it’s all the work of Weinstein.
  • In reality, neither Mikey Weinstein nor MRFF are anti-Christian. Of MRFF’s 351 clients at the Air Force Academy, 316 are Christians themselves, both Protestants and Catholics.

Click to read article

 

MRFF ON THE FRONT LINES

MRFF Submits Statement to Joint Congressional/Senatorial Hearings, Details Toxic Environment of anti-Muslim Bigotry Within Armed Forces

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MRFF details plight of service member clients of the Muslim faith, victims of Islamophobia to Joint Hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: "Homegrown Terrorism: The threat to military communities inside the United States"

Click to read this statement

MRFF Denounces Representative Rick Womick’s Call to
Ban Muslims from U.S. Military

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

With great shock and anger, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation denounces in the most forceful terms the inflammatory expressions of anti-Muslim, McCarthyesque sedition which have been uttered by Rick Womick, Republican state representative from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Womick, who has on numerous occasions scandalously called for the removal of Muslim-Americans from the ranks of the U.S. Military, has elevated hate speech from the gutters of marginal extremism to the national debate regarding the rights afforded to the honorable members of our armed services.

Click to read this statement

 

MRFF DOGGED BY BAPTIST PRESS

Air Force Academy dogged by anti-Christian pressure

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Recent actions by the U.S. Air Force Academy could appear as if commanders are on a mission to rid the institution of Christian influence, but a nearby pastor says the actions are the result of intense pressure from one man.
  • Not only does the academy now provide worship space for all, it requires all cadets to complete religious respect training. Mike Routt, pastor of Circle Drive Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., told Baptist Press the hostility toward Christianity at the Air Force Academy is not the result of the leadership there but is in response to pressure from Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
  • Weinstein's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution "has no historical basis since he aims to restore something that has never yet existed," Heimbach said, referring to the freedom from religion claim.

Click to read this article

 

MRFF FEATURED BY MILITARY.COM

Congressman Intercedes on Behalf of Pendleton Cross

By Bryant Jordan

Monday, December 12, 2011

  • California Rep. Duncan Hunter has waded into the battle over the so-called Camp Pendleton cross — put up by leathernecks in honor of four buddies killed in Iraq — by asking the commander of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to let the cross stay.
  • The cross, which was erected without official authorization, has come under fire by several groups, including Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "We've pointed out all along that the cross does not memorialize all the men and women who serve in the armed forces," spokesman Rob Boston said. "It is explicitly a Christian symbol and the military is made up of people of many religious beliefs and no religious beliefs."
  • In addition to Americans United, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers [MAAF] and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation [MRFF] have called for removing the cross.
    "U.S. Marines, and all armed forces members take an oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution and not a particular religious faith's symbol such as a cross, Star of David or Crescent Moon," MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein said. "Those brave Marines died for our country's beautiful Constitution and not as warriors for Christ or any other religion's central figure."

Click to read this article

 

12/14/11 ROCKDALE CITIZEN – Too much political correctness in military (with a reply by MRFF’s Akiva David Miller)

12/8/11 WASHINGTON POST – Peter King’s Muslim hearings: extremism and fear are our common enemies

12/6/11 FOUNDATION VOICE (Pedro L. Irigonegaray, Esq.) – A Reply to ACLJ’s
"Campaign Against the Cross" and a Clarification on MRFF

12/6/11 HUFFINGTON POST – The "Psychological Projection" of the ACLJ

12/6/11 WASHINGTON POST – Land of the Free, Home of the Beards?

12/4/11 EXAMINER – The week ahead: Historic Homeland Security Hearing on Capitol Hill

12/1/11 CHURCH & STATE (AMERICANS UNITED) – AU Grants Awards To
Weinstein And Schultz For Upholding Freedom

11/30/11 THE JEWISH WEEK – Out of Control

11/29/11 PEOPLE’S WORLD – Air Force welcomes Wiccans and Pagans

11/28/11 TIME MAGAZINE (BATTLELAND BLOG) – Air Force: Pagan Worshippers

11/28/11 LOS ANGELES TIMES – Air Force Academy
adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans

11/25/11 HUFFINGTON POST – Peter King’s Muslim Hysteria

11/22/11 DAILY NEWS JOURNAL – Womick’s remarks demand he resign

11/19/11 NORTH COUNTY TIMES – MILITARY: Camp Pendleton didn’t see cross flap coming

11/18/11 MILITARY.COM – Pendleton Memorial Cross Under Fire

11/18/11 GOD DISCUSSION – Military Religious Freedom Foundation
nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for the third year in a row

 

You can see the above stories, as well as much more, at MilitaryReligiousFreedom.org


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MRFF's Inbox

We at MRFF receive an enormous amount of email both from our supporters and our detractors. "MRFF’s Inbox" allows us to share these emails with you. The following is a small sampling of the sometimes vibrant, sometimes vile correspondence which we've received within the past month:

Travis AFB Nativity Scene (with photos)

Opinion

Your Orginization

Letter for Mr. Weinstein

F.J. TAYLOR (USMC Ret.) – Muslims in the Military (Re: Womick)

thank you for supporting nativity removal.. go straight to HELL!

Thank You For Helping Us Who Are The Most Vulnerable

Christmas Stocking stuffers

First amendment

Letter in this morning’s Gazette.

MRFF Honored to Submit Statement to Joint Congressional/Senatorial Hearings,
Details Toxic Environment of anti-Muslim Bigotry Within Armed Forces/Thank you

I Thought The Military Would Protect Individuals from In-Rank Bigotry and Injustice

Tyranny vs Liberty

Senate Ready to Legalize Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

Click here to read the many more emails which MRFF has received in the MRFF Inbox!


MRFF Needs Your Constant Vigilance to Uncover Unconstitutional Religious Incursions in the Military

The constitutional violations occurring in our military are so numerous and widespread
that we can't possibly find all of them ourselves. MRFF counts on its supporters and volunteers --
the indispensable "eyes and ears" who alert us to everything from the most egregious of constitutional
violations to articles we might be interested in.

So, keep the emails coming, and never think that anything is too insignificant or assume
that we might already know about it. You never know -- you might have stumbled into the
next bombshell of a story and not even realize it.

Please report anything that may be of concern to: info@militaryreligiousfreedom.org


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