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Thursday, December 28, 2017


MRFF DEMAND LEADS TO
U.S. ARMY REVIEW OF ITS
BAND's, "PERSHING's OWN," PARTICIPATION IN MORMON
"FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS"

COL Esch Promptly Informs MG Michael Howard, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Military
District of Washington (D.C.),
of MRFF Complaints

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

MRFF's original letter, addressed to COL Andrew J. Esch, demanded Esch report this breach of Army regulations to his superiors within 5 calendar days. The following email from COL Matt Zimmerman confirms Esch's timely compliance.

As detailed below, MRFF awaits a follow up response:

From: Zimmerman, Matthew C COL USARMY MDW (US)
Subject: Complaint Letter
Date: December 27, 2017
To: Mikey Weinstein

Mr. Weinstein,

Thank you for your letter regarding The U.S. Army Band's 17 December performance at the Festival of Lights. COL Esch has informed his commander, MG Michael Howard, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Based on your concerns, MG Howard has directed a review of the Band's participation in the event and will ensure you receive a follow up response.

V/R,

COL Matt Zimmerman
Chief of Staff
MDW/JFHQ-NCR


Original MRFF Demand Which Quickly Invoked Army Response

Click for Full Demand Letter

Army Launches Investigation of MRFF Complaint on Band
at Mormon Event

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Last Friday, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation sent a complaint to Col. Andrew Esch, the commander of the U.S. Army band known as “Pershing’s Own” because it was the band that performed for the famous Gen. Pershing. The complaint, which came from active duty military personnel, was about that band’s appearance at a Mormon temple in Washington, DC for their annual Festival of Lights, an event billed as a celebration of the birth of Christ.

In his letter to Col. Esch, Mikey Weinstein spelled out the specific violation of Army regulations that this appearance entailed:

"Public affairs activities will not support any event involving (or appearing to involve) the promotion, endorsement, or sponsorship of any individual, civilian enterprise, religious or sectarian movement, organization, ideological movement, or political campaign."

The invitation to the event makes clear that it was of a purely religious nature, citing Isaiah 9:6 as the opening: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

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Click to read on Patheos


Click for background on Unconstitutional Army Band Appearance at Mormon
Temple Concert
and MRFF's response


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We receive an enormous amount of emails at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, both from our supporters and detractors. Through "MRFF's Inbox", we share some of these emails with you.

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"I want to give you a piece
of my mind"

From: (Name Withheld)
Subject: I want to give you a piece of my mind
Date: December 26, 2017
To: Mikey Weinstein

Dear Mister Weinstein
    I am a retired US Army Sergeant of twenty five years service in the National Guard and Regular Army. I want you to know at the very outset that I am not writing to you because I admire or respect you (the "dear" is formality only). I want you to know that I consider the MRFF to be just a hate group and nothing else. You are not about freedom at all and I consider you nothing more then a bully and a coward who wants to push a selfish agenda. I cannot believe that they let someone like you in the military.
    Listen mister we are one nation UNDER GOD. You wanted to punish a poor cadet at a service academy because he had a Bible verse written on a board outside his room that didn't hurt a thing. You wanted an officer court martialled because he had a Bible on his desk and another because he mentioned in a speech that he believed in God. I cannot believe that ANYONE takes you seriously.
    A Soldier swears to defend his country and his God. I love to write to World War II veterans as a hobby and so many of them told me that faith in God got them through the war. Joe Louis said that we would win because we were on God's side. General Washington prayed at Valley Forge and Lincoln regularly sought God's guidance and help during the Civil War. Gee would you have filed complaints against them? I was a chaplains assistant in Operation Desert Storm and let me tell you something moron there are no such things as athiests in foxholes. Of course you wouldn't know because you've never been to war.
    I have read the letters you have written threatning people and so often you use overblown words like "disgraceful" and "disgusting" to describe people you want to hurt. I want you to know that you are one of the most despicable, disgraceful people I have ever read about. I cannot believe that they let someone like you wear a uniform. Bullies are basically cowards at heart because they attack people who don't fight back and someone should have told you off a long time ago. I await your reply if you have the guts COWARD

SGT US Army (Retired) and someone who loves the Lord and proudly serves him
(Name Withheld)

MRFF's Advisory Board, Supporters, & Allies
respond in force with tenacity, garnering the below apology
from email's author:

Retired US Army Sergeant and Author of Unwarranted Email Apologizes to Mikey Weinstein:

All right I apologize for what I said to you. It is the season of good will towards men. Can't we say that we just agreed to disagree. I do have the character and integrity to apologize if I've hurt someone. Now that I've done this will you please take my name off your list and not email me anymore?
Best new years wishes and God bless
 
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein:

.........roger wilco.........you will get no more e-mails from me after this acknowledgment......I'd still like an apology from YOU, (name withheld), for the TOTAL crap you said about me from the get-go....but I doubt you have the integrity and character and class to so apologize?!.....there was NO need to come out at me and mine right at the start by throwing hand grenades of defamation.......


Response to Mikey Weinstein from Retired US Army Sergeant:

Thank you very much for your service and I am proud to count you as a fellow veteran. Now please take me off your list and don't send me any more emails. My box has been flooded today and enough is enough

(name withheld)


Click to read the many brilliant retorts in their entirety from members of MRFF's Advisory Board, Supporters, & Allies


"Advice to (((Mikey)))"

Triple parentheses, also known as an (((echo))), is an antisemitic symbol used to indicate the names of those with a Jewish background. For more information on the
symbol's origins, please click here.

From: (Name Withheld)
Subject: Advice to (((Mikey)))
Date: December 24, 2017
To: Mikey Weinstein

(((Mr. Weinstein))),

We all understand that you were born with a big “hate Christians” chip on your shoulder (what jew wasn’t?) but don’t you really think it’s about time for you to leave the national stage, sir?

Afterall (((Mikey))) you’ve had a good run of pretending to “fight back” against the obvious good will of followers of Jesus in the armed services and made all of that nice fame and beaucoup $$ (what jew doesn’t like the fame and $$? Just look at your fellow tribesmen in Hollywood).

This is now the long awaited time of serious political and religious realism. Whether you and your libtard acolytes like it or not our new President embodies the good will of the people of this country. We  “Make America Great Again” by ridding ourselves of the crybabies and weak-willed who prey on those who actually built this country from nothing. Umm, that would be ridding ourselves of the faux justice fighters such as you (((Mikey))) and your deceptively named anti-Christian (((MRFF))). To say nothing our our former president, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

It is just a fact that the real builders of America were and are predominantly white and Christian and heterosexual males. It’s not “bad” for us to simply recognize and celebrate that fact. It’s just the truth, sir.

And our great country’s military has also been made great by the dominant presence of white, Christian and heterosexual males. Try as you might to rewrite history you will fail (what jew doesn’t love to rewrite history?).

Think it over (((Mikey))). You’ve outlasted your usefulness to your country and are now just a constant plague and pestilence upon it’s military forces.

You had your time. Now it is our time.

Leave the scene gracefully before time catches up with you and reminds you that you’re not wanted or needed anymore.

Perhaps open a nice retail sales clothing store, do comedy standup or sell some matzoh ball soup?
Maybe become a diamond merchant? It’s in your genes to do it.

We don’t want to hear your big mouth replying to our request so don’t waste your efforts.

signed,

Defenders of American Military Mighty


Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Quentin D. Collins

Dear Defender,
Not really sure of what you are defending and most likely this is a bogus email address; however, I thought it would be a modicum of effort to dispel some of your diatribe.  Let me begin with your “hate Christians” statement.  For a person to “hate”, they must reconcile their feelings with their actions.  You see “Defender” MRFF has a huge number of clients and the overwhelming majority of them are Christian.  Seems counter-productive, wouldn’t you say, to protect the very people that Mikey so “despises”?  Your ignorance really has shown through as you have only reacted with emotion and failed to engage your intellect. Finally, your stereotypical characterization of people of Hebraic descent made me laugh out loud. Please, jewelry store/retail clothing outlet? Maybe you should throw “Carpenter” into the mix, as Jesus (called the Christ) was one.  As a Born-Again, Spirit-Filled, Christian Pastor who happens to be a retired Military Chaplain (Colonel) I proudly help Mikey one his journey to assure everyone has a voice.  As an Advisory Board Member for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, I see when people like you lambast Mikey, we are on the correct path.
Respectfully,
Quentin D Collins, US Army Chaplain (Colonel-Retired), Ph.D, CPC, ELI-MP
MRFF National Advisory Board

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