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MRFF Demands Pentagon Disinvite Embarrassing Fundamentalist Fraudster

* See Just-Released Huffington Post
Article Below *

Monday, November 26, 2012

"The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), on behalf of its 211 armed forces clients (189 of whom are practicing Protestants or Roman Catholics) at the Pentagon on this specific travesty, hereby demands that Senior Department of Defense (DoD) leadership immediately and officially revoke the invitation to Mr. Ray Giunta to be the 'Guest Speaker' at this Wednesday's 'Pentagon Prayer Breakfast'. Further, MRFF demands that an aggressive DoD investigation be swiftly launched to determine the particulars of why, how, when and who was responsible, via acts of commission and omission, for inviting this disgusting, despicable charlatan and fraud to speak at this Pentagon event in the first place. Arming a well known Christian fundamentalist scam-artist like Giunta with an homage so profound as to be the designated special guest speaker at this highly visible Pentagon religious event is simply beyond the pale of acceptability and literally strains credulity. Did anyone at DoD do even a tacit nuance of a background check on this wretched carpetbagger? Either a 'yes' or 'no' answer is still a disaster given that the invitation to Giunta was actually offered, accepted and publicized all over the Pentagon. Whoever is determined to be responsible at the Pentagon, pursuant to the investigation MRFF demands, regardless of rank or title, must be punished expeditiously, publicly and substantially."

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


Pentagon Prayer Breakfast
To Feature Discredited
Pastor Ray Giunta

Monday, November 26, 2012

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • Ray Giunta has been publicly called out for illegally taking $10,200 from a cemetery board, falsely claiming to have advanced degrees and diagnosing young people as having mental disorders despite not being a doctor. But on Wednesday, he will get a coveted perch at the Pentagon, as a guest speaker at the Defense Department's prayer breakfast.
  • "Arming a well known Christian fundamentalist scam-artist like Giunta with an homage so profound as to be the designated special guest speaker at this highly visible Pentagon religious event is simply beyond the pale of acceptability and literally strains credulity," said Michael Weinstein, the founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which is calling on the Pentagon to revoke Giunta's invitation.

  • Weinstein and MRFF, which is dedicated to protecting military members' religious freedoms, first became aware of Giunta's speaking slot when the group's clients stationed at the Pentagon complained about the event. MRFF, on behalf of these 211 members of the armed forces, is demanding that the Pentagon revoke its invitation to Giunta. Of MRFF's clients, 189 are practicing Protestants or Roman Catholics. Further, MRFF wants an investigation into who was involved in inviting Giunta and how the event came about.

  • A major who works on the Army staff at the Pentagon and is one of MRFF's clients told The Huffington Post he was deeply disturbed by Giunta's planned appearance, for the harm it could do to the Defense Department and the larger message it conveyed. He requested anonymity for fear of repercussions. [...] He added that he was worried that Giunta's appearance was part of a larger effort by some people in the military to turn members of the armed forces into "warriors for God." "That's not our mission," he added. "We have a constitutional mission, not a religious mission."

Click to read this article
at The Huffington Post


Army Sticks 'War on Islam' Teacher in Bureaucratic Depths

Monday, November 26, 2012

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • Once, Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley's superiors wrote that he was a "must-select" for command and promotion to full colonel. Then Dooley taught a class to senior U.S. officers musing about a "total war" on Islam, which the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey, shut down. Now, Dooley has his next assignment — deep in the bowels of the Army bureaucracy, far from command.
  • Dooley's Army career has been in jeopardy after he received an administrative reprimand for his elective course at the Joint Forces Staff College, which discussed using "Hiroshima"-style tactics against Islam's holiest cities as part of a "total war." But the Army didn't fire Dooley. It sent him to bureaucratic limbo instead.

Click to read this article
at WIRED Danger Room

May 10, 2012 - MRFF denounces Joint Forces Staff College courses
promoting total war against Islam, files FOIA request

Sheila H. Musaji Named
One of 'Muslim 500'

The American Muslim (TAM) Editor and MRFF Advisory Board Member Named One of 500 Most Influential Muslims in World

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sheila Musaji runs the influential The American Muslim (TAM) online publication in which she writes about and documents resources on a wide variety of issues. She is especially popular for her work dispelling misconceptions about Islam, and her rebuttals of Islamophobes. A Muslim for over 40 years, she has always been active in the Islamic and interfaith communities and frequently speaks at churches, schools, service organizations and synagogues about Islam.

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Needy Airmen to Receive Free 'Turkeys for Christ' from Law-Breaking Evangelical Slaughterhouse

By Chris Rodda, MRFF Senior Research Director

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • The holiday season is upon us, and one thing that means for us at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is that we'll be getting reports of alleged improper promotions of religion.
  • This is about something that started out as a routine look at a possible holiday-related military religious issue, but ended up leading one of MRFF's research volunteers to stumble upon one of the worst cases of hypocrisy from a self-proclaimed "Christ-centric" company that I've ever seen.

Click to read this article at Alternet

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