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Thursday, June 30, 2016

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MRFF Demands Cease & Desist of 'Crusader' Terminology or
Face Federal Lawsuit

MRFF Demand Email to Major General Gayler, Commanding General, Fort Rucker

Sent Thursday, June 30, 2016

From: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]>
Date: June 30, 2016 at 8:39:09 AM MDT
To: Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler
Cc: Col. Kelly E. Hines, Lt. Col. Ross F. Nelson, Cpt. Stephen M. Tamborelli, Randy Mathis, [email protected]
Subject: E company 1-212th Crusaders patch

Major General Gayler, on behalf of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's 42 clients under your command, 23 of whom are practitioners of the Christian faith, with the others including Islamic, Jewish and atheist/agnostic US Army personnel, we demand that you immediately cease and desist from utilizing all "Crusader" terminology and imagery with Echo Company of the First Battalion!... Your military command has had well over seven months to consider MRFF's prior demands for the exact same civil rights justice and compliance with the Constitution and you have done nothing... Justice delayed is justice denied... If you do not immediately comply with our demands, our foundation will go into Federal Court to force you to so comply... please stop immeasurably aiding the propaganda efforts of our evil fundamentalist Islamic terrorist enemies such as ISIS, The Taliban and Al Qaeda... the very lives and well-being of our honorable military forces, as well as all American and world citizens, depend upon you taking the immediate right action here to FINALLY stop this literal insanity...Thank you for your immediate consideration of this just demand...

Michael L "Mikey" Weinstein,
Founder and President,
Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Fort Rucker Goes As Far As Awarding
'Crusader Of The Month'

Email from Fort Rucker MRFF Client to Mikey Weinstein

From: Fort Rucker MRFF Client
Date: June 30, 2016 at 7:38:45 AM MDT
To: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]>
Subject: E company 1-212th Crusaders patch

Mr. Weinstein,

I am writing you because I and a number of other United States Army personnel I work with serve a battalion that is promoting and glorifying the catholic military campaign referred to as the Crusades. The patch is a white shield with a large red cross in the center, on the shield it also has two swords behind the cross, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in the left corner, the word Crusaders in big text across the middle and the units name in small text at the bottom of the patch. There is also a second version of the patch without the swords and it has a UH-1 Iroquois in addition to the Blackhawk. I am very saddened and disgusted that the U.S. Army is glorifying such a murderous time in our earth history. I believe displaying this patch will only embolden our enemies like ISIS and Al Qaeda. They will use this patch as a propaganda tool to recruit people to become terrorists. That patch represents nothing but hate and mass murder. All done in the name of a Christian God. Sir, I am an instructor for the UH-60 Blackhawk U.S. Army. I teach students for the U.S. military and I also have students from other countries. Those countries include Israel, Thailand, Jordan, South Korea, Slovakia and Saudi Arabia to name a few. What should they think of the U.S. Army when they see such a symbol of hate sewn to Soldiers uniforms? We also recently had Jewish American student come through, thousands of Jews were murder in the Crusades. Not only does the patch embolden our enemies, it also destroys the morale of our soldiers and country. As far as I am concerned the Crusades are just as bad as the Third Reich. They might as well have a Nazi flag on their uniform. As an instructor I know from speaking with some of the students they don't like wearing a patch that represents such hate. They feel that going to the command will only put a target on the back. Do to Fort Rucker's evangelical proselytizing. Sir, the Army is aware that the practice to glorify the Crusades is unacceptable and they don't seem to care. In Hawaii at Fort Shafter the Headquarters and Headquarters company 8th Special troops Battalion had the image of a knight as a mascot with a big red cross on the shield. Just like Echo Company's patch. I read the Army removed the sign after you contacted them. The 8th Theater Sustainment Command spokeswoman Sgt. 1st Class Mary Ferguson said in a news article that the "Red crosses are not approved logos and not representative of the Army". Sir, I am also aware that you have spoken with the command last fall so they know about the issue. Thanks for your help.

(Leadership at Fort Rucker provided by Client for MRFF to contact)

Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler
Commanding General Fort Rucker
(email and phone withheld)

Col. Kelly E. Hines
Commander, 110th Aviation Brigade
(email and phone withheld)

Lt. Col. Ross F. Nelson
Commander, 1-212th Aviation Regiment
(email and phone withheld)

CPT Stephen M. Tamborelli
Commander, E company 1-212th Aviation Regiment
(email and phone withheld)

(Photos provided by MRFF Client of Crusader symbols at Fort Rucker)

Fort Rucker MRFF Client's Name & Rank Withheld

MRFF's First Demand Letter (11/24/15) to Major General Michael D. Lundy, then Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, AL

*(5/20/16) Mikey's Huffington Post Op-Ed: We Built That - How Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Created the Very Thing We Say We Fear

**Mikey Weinstein Receives Threatening and Alarming
Letter In The Mail!

Today, Thursday, June 30, 2016

**MRFF Security & Law Enforcement officials are working diligently
on this serious threat received.

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