June 2012          

Message From MRFF President and Founder Mikey Weinstein

Mikey WeinsteinValued MRFF supporters,

What a month it's been for our foundation! We've been stacking up victories so frenetically that even the Christian fundamentalist and revisionist faux-historian David Barton called me the "Secretary of the Air Force." Scroll below to read the details on these major wins -- we've ensured respect for the Jewish High Holy Day, Yom Kippur; we've prevented Marine Fighter Squadrons from flying abroad emblazoned with the fetters of the incendiary and wholly offensive label "Crusaders," and we've defeated stealthy attempts at establishing an officially-endorsed version of the Bible as the standard religious text across all four branches of the U.S. Military.

Despite these wins, we still have a long road ahead in ensuring constitutional compliance throughout the whole of the armed forces. The sickness wrought by the wretched fundamentalist Christian (Dominionist) disease continues to prevail at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), to cite but one example. USAFA Dean of Faculty Dana Born recently committed perjury under oath when forced to face up to substantiated allegations that she ordered a Counter-Insurgency (COIN) to be launched against MRFF, and presumptively the clients of our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Likewise, parachurch organizations such as Officers Christian Fellowship (OCF), Campus Crusade for Christ (now called Cru), and Cadence International continue their march onwards, as can be seen in the shocking video compilation we released last Friday. Our fight continues and it won't be easy, which makes your support all the more crucial.

While the present administration can be accused of, at best, adopting a lackadaisical approach to this Christian Taliban presence within the U.S. Military, neither party has stepped up to the plate to defend the civil rights of our service members. Indeed, every time we chalk up a major MRFF victory for the cause of civil liberties, and divorcing the church from the Big Government to which it has proverbially become wedded, some neo-conned politician makes the ludicrous claim that these curbs on Christian fundamentalism within the armed forces are part of some imaginary government-led "war on religion." As a former White House counsel serving on Reagan's legal team who is closely acquainted with the "Silly Season" of election year politicking, even I'm surprised at how low the bar has been set in terms of the deceit and lack of principles in D.C.

One thing that our opponents forget is that we're MRFF, and we do NOT roll over. They may try to marginalize and slander us, and our war chest may not be bursting at the seams as is the case for much of the Christian parachurch military corporate proselytizing complex. However, with your gracious support we've been able to slam multiple line drives and home runs for the sake of the U.S. Constitution and the human rights of servicemembers. Your support gives us the strength to expose and exorcise pervasive fundamentalist Christian proselytizing in the U.S. military. Indeed, our foes' own actions, as seen in our video, have been one of our own best tools in terms of enlisting the support of Americans and concerned people worldwide who have come to us in total disgust. As always, we are indebted to you for your assistance in this crucial fight. Without your help, the desperate and outraged pleas of over 28,000 clients in the armed services would not be heard, nor would our ceaseless media activism be possible. MRFF is proud to stand at the ready, at your service, in defense of the brave men and women in our armed forces, and in defense of those same values that many of us have sworn an oath to defend, and which generations of servicemembers have shed their blood for.

Your Eternal Ally,

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

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VIDEO: MRFF Reveals U.S. Military Being Used as Government-Paid Missionaries

A collection of clips showing military chaplains, and some of the many fundamentalist parachurch ministries that operate freely within the military, clearly stating what their real mission is. This shocking video also shows the mission of these chaplains and parachurch ministries being put into practice in Afghanistan.

Click to watch this video



A Biblical Threat to National Security

by Kelley B. Vlahos of FOX News, The American Conservative, and Antiwar .com

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • For years, the government has employed the risk of "national security" excuse to infringe on a wide range of freedoms — like the right to pass through an airport security checkpoint unmolested, or read library books without Big Brother peeking over your shoulder. Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein is trying to prove that there is more than one way to put the country at risk, and he's found it in a heretofore unlikely place: the Bible.

    Well, the Holman Bible. To be more exact, a version of the Bible that, for reasons still undetermined, was authorized with the trademarked official insignia of the U.S. Armed Forces emblazoned on the front cover.
  • It's not the King James Version that the Gideons leave behind in hotel rooms drawers. The Holman Bible was commissioned and published by LifeWay Christian Resources, a subsidiary of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Baptist denomination in the world, in 2003.
  • In other words, aside from the text, the books are filled with "devotionals" and "inspirational essays" tailored to each branch of service. I was unable to get my hands on a copy by press time, but Amazon's "peek" inside the book and several positive reader reviews confirm some of the contents, revealing what could only be described as a guileless conflation of both Christian and American military iconography. War and service as religious devotion. In addition to the Pledge of Allegiance and the first and fourth verses of the Star Spangled Banner, there are excerpts from one of George W. Bush inaugural addresses and the Republican president's remarks at a National Prayer Breakfast. Gen. George S. Patton's famous Christmas prayer card from the field of battle 1944 is also included, as is "George Washington's Prayer," which has been widely circulated (and debunked) as proof of America's Christian paternity.
  • These Bibles also feature "testimonials and encouragement from the Officers' Christian Fellowship," which has approximately 15,000 members across the military and whose primary purpose is "to glorify God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society." In other words they proselytize within the officer corps as part of an evangelical "parachurch" within the military.
  • Weinstein said "predatory" evangelicals in the military "believe the Separation of Church and State is a myth, like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster," and he doesn't mind putting his own reputation and safety on the line to smash that myth to pieces."If we're catching them on things like this Bible, what the hell else is going on? Well, we know," he said. "The Bible situation is not innocent, it is not innocuous, it is another raging example of this cancer."

Click to read full article on Antiwar.com



Guns and God: Author sees network of hard-line Christians in U.S. military

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • His enemies have called him "Antichrist" and "Jesus-basher." But to hear Mikey Weinstein tell it, the retired Air Force judge advocate general and his nonprofit group, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, are the only things stopping what he worries is the takeover of the U.S. military by extreme Christian fundamentalists.
  • Last month, a Marine fighter squadron in South Carolina changed its name from "Crusaders" to "Werewolves" after Weinstein challenged the name and its associated religious imagery, which included a cross insignia. Weinstein argued that adopting a name associated with a religious war between Christians and Muslims would "fuel the cause of jihad," according to an MSNBC report. And last year, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's complaints helped spur the Air Force to remove Christian-based themes from its nuclear ethics training.
  • The foundation has scored other well-publicized victories, exposing biblical references on rifle scopes issued to troops in Iraq, helping to stop evangelical preachers from participating in Pentagon events, investigating Department of Defense funding for religious promotion and raising alarm over U.S. Marines posing with a Nazi SS flag in Afghanistan.
  • "I'm happy our troops have a place to go since they can't go up the chain of command or to chaplains. They come to us, and we fight very hard for them, but it comes at a cost. It's a war. It's bad enough to have fundamentalist Christians running amok in a police department, school system or even a legislature, but they don't have laser-guided conventional and nuclear weapons."

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Radicalization within the Armed Forces:
DoD Losing Sight of the Forest for the Trees

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

by Mikey Weinstein, MRFF Founder and President

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • Peering inward, the top brass of the United States Armed Forces have dangerously lost sight of the forest for the trees. Invoking myopic, misleading drivel marinated in the "bath salts" of fundamentalist Christian predation, it has become all too clear that the Pentagon is incapable of making truly sober assessments of the profound internal threats and weaknesses it faces.
  • Earlier this year Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, director of the ultra-secretive Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), testified before the Senate Armed Forces Committee with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey notably sitting with him. It was here that Burgess offered truly startling testimony depicting the threats that he claims undermine the integrity of the armed forces, endanger American life, and compromise our overall national security.
  • "Self-radicalization or lone wolf individuals… within our own ranks, remain an enduring concern," noted Lt. Gen. Burgess. This line leapt out at us immediately, like a blazing meteor in the night sky.
  • Staff and volunteers at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), the four-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated civil rights organization of which I am Founder and President, immediately wondered — why are "lone wolves" and the "self-radicalized" the only subject of "enduring concern?"[...] is the Pentagon losing sight of the proverbial forest for the trees, as it is most certainly wont to do, particularly in line with the dictates of political expediency?
  • Other minority groups within the military have also borne the full brunt of this pernicious, radicalized scourge. These "radicals" have openly conspired to seek authorization for the bullying, abuse, and torment of LGBTQ service members, going so far as attempting to use the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as a Trojan horse for their bigoted agenda.
  • Servicewomen have also been subject to hideous torment as a result of the fundamentalist Christian cancer within the military. Hyper-patriarchal, misogynistic, and chauvinist attitudes are typically a part of the overall "package deal" of evangelical fundamentalism. Real world consequences mean altogether hellish conditions for female service members within their units…

Click to read this article on Alternet

Click to read this article on Truthout



Yom Kippur Secured for AF
Space and Missile Systems Personnel

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • Whomever scheduled this year's Space and Missile Systems Center industry days for Sept. 25 through Sept. 27, might need to repent if they don't move the event to another set of days.It just so happens that this year's event has been scheduled at exactly the same time that Jewish people observe what is considered the holiest day of their calendar, Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement.
  • That means attendance could be down, at least among Jewish aerospace professionals, for the event that typically attracts more than 400 aerospace professionals each year, according to the Website.The scheduling conflict has come to the attention of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog group, whose founder Mikey Weinstein also happens to be Jewish. Weinstein said the foundation is prepared to seek a federal injunction to stop the event if the center doesn't move it.

Click to read this article

Space and Missile Systems Center will reschedule industry days

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • With the threat of being dragged into court hanging over head, the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base has decided to reschedule its industry days for this year.
  • MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein received the news about the center's change of heart directly from Executive Director Doug Loverro, a few hours after this post on Flightlines. We are still waiting on an official response from the center and can expect that response in about six days, according to a spokeswoman.
  • While its a win for MRFF and the 27 clients, 16 of which are Jewish, Weinstein isn't quick to give too much credit to the center for backing down and changing the dates…

Click to read this article



Marine Werewolves transform into Crusaders, and back again

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • A Marine fighter squadron challenged on its use of the "Crusaders" name and cross-and-shield symbolism as its insignia has been ordered to reverse the decision, and to return to identifying itself as "Werewolves," the Marine Corps said on Thursday.The news came a month after the nonprofit Military Religious Freedom Foundation blasted the use of the Crusaders name and logo — citing constitutional and practical objections — on behalf of dozens of soldiers, including Marines in the affected squadron, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122.
  • The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which advocates complete separation of church and state, welcomed the policy change."This is a great victory. Lady liberty is smiling today," said Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of foundation. "We commend the Marine Corps," he said, but added: "The Marines Corps does not get a gold star for doing the right thing because they shouldn't have done the wrong thing in the first place."
  • The squadron, based in Beaufort, S.C., used the Crusaders symbol from 1958 to 2008, when Lt. Col. William Lieblein pointed out that imagery invoking the Christian conquest and colonization of Muslim nations during the Middle Ages was counterproductive to the U.S. presence across the Arab and Islamic world. "The notion of being a crusader in that part of the world doesn't float," he said, ordering the change to "Werewolves," as reported by the Beaufort Gazette at the time.
  • As of May 18, legal counsel for Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos continued to defend the use of the Crusaders name and symbolism in a teleconference with a lawyer for the foundation.
  • The military attorney questioned whether the cross was a religious symbol and argued that the crusades were really military, not religious in nature, according to an account of the meeting verified by Caroline Mitchell, a lawyer from the firm Jones Day, which is representing the foundation.
  • "We still demand that those who made the decision … be fully and aggressively prosecuted so this never happens again," said Weinstein. "And we want a full accounting of how much money it cost taxpayers to change the name from Werewolves to Crusaders and back to Werewolves."

Click to read this article

5/23/12 – Click here to read demand letter by MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein

5/23/12 – Click here to read FOIA request by MRFF outside counsel


Marine Corps Lawyers Claim Crusades Weren't a Religious War

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

By Chris Rodda, MRFF Senior Research Director

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • Last month, I wrote about Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122, the unit whose commander, in his infinite wisdom, had decided to change the unit's nickname from the "Werewolves" to the "Crusaders," a change that came complete with a nice big crusader shield and cross being painted on its planes.
  • But earlier this year, the unit's new commander, Lt. Col. Wade Wiegel, decided to change the name back to Crusaders, telling the Beaufort Gazette that he just didn't see calling a U.S. military unit the Crusaders as being "politically incorrect."
  • When msnbc.com reported on this story last week, they mentioned the phone call between MRFF's counsel and the Marine Corps counsel, but this part of the story is so insane that it deserves more attention. Seriously, you ain't gonna believe the points that General Counsel of the Commandant of the Marine Corps made in his attempt to defend the use of the Crusader name and cross.
  • The most incomprehensibly unbelievable point advanced by these legal geniuses was that the Crusades were not religious. They were just military in nature, and therefore the term Crusades evokes "military" history, not "religion." I kid you not. The General Counsel of the Commandant of the Marine Corps DOESN'T THINK THE CRUSADES WERE RELIGIOUS!These Marine Corps lawyers then asked Ms. Mitchell if a cross always has a religious connotation, and they were ready with an example of one that doesn't – the X on the Confederate flag! That's right. Their great example of the secular use of a cross is a symbol that evokes something much better – the Dukes of Hazzard (oh yeah, and racism and slavery, too).But wait, there's more… (click below to read more)

Click to read this article



David Barton's latest lunacy: "I've decided that
Mikey Weinstein is now the new Secretary of the Air Force"

Thursday, May 24, 2012

by Mikey Weinstein, MRFF Founder and President

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • We at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are used to baseless, slanderous attacks.
  • Sometimes, though, we can only sit back and chuckle in amusement at the ignorant calumnies and insinuations tossed about by our Christian fundamentalist foes.Case in point: David Barton's recent rant about yours truly. According to this foolish moron, in addition to being Founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, I am now the new Secretary of the United States Air Force (USAF). Why is that? As Barton explains, "Every stinkin' case he files against the Air Force, the Air Force says ‘oh my Gosh, we didn't realize we were doing that, we'll stop that!'"


  • For those who may be unaware, Barton has served as vice chair of the Texas GOP and is a skilled, veteran propagandist operating under the guise of his phony self-designation as a "historian." Barton's "craft" consists of surpassing historical revision of the most pernicious kind.
  • The confession from Barton that he believes me to be the Head of the Department of the United States Air Force shows the extent to which this man has been bewitched by his own Dominionist hocus-pocus. To paraphrase the great English scientist and critic Sir Peter Medawar, Barton "can be excused of dishonesty only on the grounds that before deceiving others he has taken great pains to deceive himself."… (continued, click below to read article)

Click to read this article on Alternet

Click to read this article on Truthout



Air Force clears Born in COIN allegation

Saturday, June 12, 2012

  • An Air Force lawyer at the Pentagon has essentially cleared Brig. Gen. Dana Born, the Air Force Academy's dean of faculty, of ordering a counterinsurgency against the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
  • The attorney, W. Kipling At Lee Jr., the Air Force deputy general counsel, also found that an investigation into the poisoning of David Mullin's service dog, Caleb, was "inconclusive."
  • "I think it is criminal obstruction of justice," Mullin says of the investigation. "They performed an incompetent and incomplete investigation. For instance, you do not go and interview suspects more than a month after the incident, and that's exactly what they did."
  • Referring to At Lee's findings, Weinstein said, "You can't wave a wand and say no dog was poisoned there, no COIN ordered there, there was no problem between the head of security forces and my body guard. You can't say, 'We are an island of constitutional conformance when in fact the opposite is true.'"
  • As a footnote, At Lee was at the center of controversy when a special congressional panel was formed in 2003 to investigate the sexual assault scandal at the Air Force Academy. The panel, chaired by the late Tillie Fowler, concluded, in part, "It is clear from our review of nearly a decade of efforts to solve this problem that the common failure in each of those efforts was the absence of sustained attention to the problem and follow-up on the effectiveness of the solution."

Click to read this article


6/15/12 CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING NETWORK – Military Logos No Longer Allowed on Troop Bibles

6/13/12 MRFF Coverage by the Right-Wing Evangelical Press: On the Removal of Military Endorsements for Holman Bibles

6/13/12 CHRISTIAN POST – Chaplain Alliance Asks Congress to Investigate Removal of Military Bibles

6/4/12 MARINE TIMES – Marine unit abandons 'Crusaders' nickname

6/4/12 MILITARY.COM – Marine Squadron Again Abandons "Crusaders" Moniker

6/4/12 DAILY KOS – Why We Fight – Christian Dominionists Are Dead Serious About Overthrowing Democracy

5/30/12 OPEN.SALON.COM – AMERICAN STUDIES – Remembering Pat Tillman

5/23/12 CSINDY – "COIN" investigation continues

5/22/12 AIR FORCE TIMES – FLIGHTLINES – It's been 60 days. Do you know where your investigation is?

5/21/12 ANNE LANDMAN'S BLOG – Twisted Women's Prayer Group Prays for Others to Get Cancer

5/21/12 FREETHOUGHT BLOGS – Jesus, Camp Pendleton! 2nd foxhole atheist festival announced

5/16/12 CARE2 – Anti-Islam Teaching In U.S. Military To Be Reviewed

5/16/12 INFORMED COMMENT (JUAN COLE) – Top Ten Ways the US Military can Avoid Teaching Hatred of Muslims

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:


Thanks from Colonel Greg Petrequin, USAF,
Constitution Society member

Selected Excerpts:

  • My name is Colonel Greg Petrequin, and I'm a senior military officer and I just retired last week, from the US Air Force at (location withheld), after almost 27 years of honorable and faithful service to my Country, in the greatest Air Force in the world. I've been stationed in 7 states, covering all corners of the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. I've traveled almost around the world and I've flown in air combat, during Operation DESERT STORM, and humped a rifle and a rucksack, in ground combat in Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
  • For the last three years, I have been a proud member and staunch supporter of Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Constitution Society, because in my last overseas assignment, I saw the rampant disregard for the religious rights and freedoms of our service members, namely from the Armed Forces Network. The crowning event was when I read a letter to the editor of the Air Force Times, from an active-duty Lieutenant Colonel, where he attributed a passage, from the Declaration of Independence, as part of the Preamble to the United States Constitution. I was horrified that an experienced Air Force officer did not know what the Constitution actually said, even though he had raised his right hand and "solemnly swore (swear) to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." I knew I needed to immediately enlist the support and efforts of an organization that could take on the process of educating and demanding enforcement of the rights and privileges in the Constitution, where I could not for fear of reprisal from those appointed over me. That organization was the MRFF.
  • The Weinstein family has bravely endured the shocking hatred, overt hostility and real violence, from fellow Americans who oppose the tenants of our Constitution, and do not believe in equal rights for all Americans. I was thrilled to be able to stand in front of an audience, that consisted of senior military and flag officers (ie. "Generals"), who I respect tremendously because of their words and actions, and thank the Weinstein family for their service to our Country and to recognize them as the "bravest family in America." (my words), for their bravery and sacrifices they have made.
  • Even in retirement, I will continue to vocally, financially, and morally support the MRFF and will encourage the support by others, who understand and believe in the guiding tenants of the United States Constitution and support equal rights for all Americans... (click below to read more)

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Dear MRFF,






(name withheld)

Best Sellers We Will See

Tolerance is not the same as “Acceptance”

Thank you for being a voice of reason and justice

father’s Day for Mickey Whinerstein

Thanks from a Vietnam Vet

It saddens me...

lackey of the devil

Re: Austin American Statesman; Sunday, June 3, 2012


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Please report anything that may be of concern to: [email protected]


NO SNOWFLAKE IN AN AVALANCHE: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, its Battle to Defend the Constitution, and One Family’s Courageous War Against Religious Extremism in High Places (Vireo, 2012)

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