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Friday, January 26, 2018


ICONIC NEWSWEEK NATIONALLY COVERS MRFF's DEMAND TO DISINVITE KENNETH COPELAND FROM FORT JACKSON's NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST


NEWSWEEK COVERS MRFF

Trump-Allied Televangelist Who Says Only Non-Believers Get PTSD Invited to Speak to Military

Friday, January 26, 2018

Published By: Nina Burleigh, "Newsweek"
Date: January 26, 2018

A self described "Christian extremist" who believes American warriors are immune to post-traumatic stress disorder will be the featured speaker at a prayer breakfast at the nation’s largest military installation next week.

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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation represents members of the U.S. military who feel their First Amendment right to freedom of religion are infringed upon. The group said it has received 56 complaints from Fort Jackson service members about Copeland's upcoming appearance on base, which is home to 12,000 military families.

Last week, the organization lodged a formal complaint with Major General Pete Jackson, the base commander.

"General, do you have ANY idea, sir, whom your staff has selected to be the Fort Jackson special 'guest speaker at your Feb. 1, '18 NPB?" the group wrote in a letter that also demanded that Jackson "immediately rescind this invitation to Kenneth Copeland to speak."

"Sir, please replace this hideously reprehensible fundamentalist Christian charlatan cum exclusivist bigot with another more respectable and inspiring, inclusive individual," the letter added.

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Fort Jackson officials added that attendance at the Prayer Breakfast is voluntary, but the religious freedom group contends that service members feel pressured to attend. "It has  been MRFF’s experience that such events, though billed as 'non-mandatory...many unfortunate military subordinates are 'VOLUNTOLD' to attend by their command chains," the letter stated.

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Click to read on Newsweek


COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA's "THE STATE" NEWSPAPER COVERS MRFF

Group opposes controversial televangelist speaking at Fort Jackson prayer breakfast

Friday, January 26, 2018

Published By: Jeff Wilkinson, "The State"
Date: January 26, 2018

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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has written a letter to Fort Jackson Commander Maj. Gen. John P. "Pete" Johnson asking that he rescind the invitation to the Fort Worth, Texas-based evangelist.

The group claims in the letter that they represent 56 soldiers at the fort, including 32 Protestant or Catholic soldiers who have contacted them to complain about the visit.

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Efforts to reach the Copeland ministry for comment were unsuccessful.

Fort Jackson, the nation's largest basic training installation, responded to The State in a statement saying that military prayer breakfasts and luncheons have been held since the 1950s and have hosted "religious leaders from many faith traditions and denominations, cultural leaders, and foreign heads of state."

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Click to read on The State


PATHEOS' "THE FRIENDLY ATHEIST" COVERS MRFF

"Televangelist Who Once Said PTSD Isn't Real Will Speak at Military Prayer Event"

Friday, January 26, 2018

By: Hemant Mehta, "The Friendly Atheist"
Date: January 26, 2018

Now that he has a new private jet, televangelist Kenneth Copeland is heading to Fort Jackson, South Carolina - to the nation's largest training installation - to headline a National Prayer Breakfast event.

That alone may not be a huge deal, but Chris Rodda points out that Copeland is an awful choice to speak at any military event - even a Christian one — because he's said in the past that soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are kidding themselves because God would never let that happen.

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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Mikey Weinstein has sent a letter to Major General John P. "Pete" Johnson urging him to rescind Copeland's invitation:

...this great homage and special invitation proffered by your command staff to honor a miserable, fundamentalist Christian wretch like Copeland as the special 'guest speaker' at Fort Jackson's NPB is TOTALLY antithetical to the United States Army's vaunted "7 Core Values" of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Indeed, General, the SHOCKING selection of such a divisive and corrosive individual/religious predator and bully to be the main speaking attraction at your NPB at Fort Jackson is nothing less than a terminal and swift cancer to the bedrock good order, morale, discipline and unit cohesion of your command at Fort Jackson.

(Weinstein’s never been the type of person to hold back.)

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Click to read on Patheos


ACTIVE DUTY OFFICER THANKS MIKEY/MRFF FOR DEMAND LETTER OPPOSING
KENNETH COPELAND

The Active Duty U.S. Army Officer At Fort Jackson/MRFF Client Expresses Gratitude

Friday, January 25, 2018

I want to thank Mikey and the team for supporting me in my strong concerns and opposition to Kenneth Copeland being invited to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast on Ft Jackson.

I am an active duty officer sworn to protect the free exercise of Religion of ALL Soldiers and families without providing favor or the "establishing" of someone so extreme and sectarian as Kenneth Copeland.

Like many combat veterans and as a man of faith I have wrestled with my own issues surrounding combat stress. For a man who has never served in combat so imply that simply quoting a Bible verse to cure PTSD is spiritual quackery at its worst. The man has been investigated by the Senate, knows nothing of the rigors of military life, and is a Christian extremist whose presence would violate the ecumenical and edifying intent of a National Prayer Breakfast. Thank you MRFF for giving a voice to those without a voice.

Click to read full MRFF demand letter where above thank-you note was originally posted


Click to view Chris Rodda's Op-Ed on Kenneth Copeland and for relevant background info
re: MRFF's latest battle!



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