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Monday, May 21, 2018

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U.S. REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN SENDS
MAJ. GEN. POPPAS LETTER IN RESPONSE TO MRFF's FORMAL COMPLAINT RE: DISMISSAL
OF JEWISH LAY LEADER
AT FORT CAMPBELL

"Ms. Mize and her family requested the civil rights advocacy representation and intervention of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to right these alleged anti-Semitic wrongdoings."

"Update Congress immediately as to what specific steps are being taken to punish, counsel or otherwise address any
individuals found to be responsible"
-Congressman Lee M. Zeldin (R-NY)



THE FORWARD COVERS MRFF

The Forward is a leading American Jewish magazine which receives over one million unique website users each month.

In 2006, The Forward named
Mikey Weinstein one of the
Top 50 influential Jews in America

Why Did Army Abruptly Fire
Ft. Campbell's Jewish Leader
After Two Decades?

Saturday, May 19, 2018

By: Aiden Pink | Deputy News Editor | The Forward
Date: May 19, 2018

The Jews on the country's second-largest military base haven't had a rabbi for years. Until very recently, though, they had Jeanette Mize.

She and her family led services and cooked holiday meals there. Because of her, the Jews of Fort Campbell, the Army base that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border, didn't have to drive 60 miles to the nearest synagogues in Nashville. Instead, they were able to celebrate the Sabbath and holidays at home on the base, together.

Mize, 69, had been serving as the community's lay leader for almost two decades when chaplains new to Fort Campbell fired her in late February. The chapel has been empty on Friday nights since then.

"These fundamentalist Christian chaplains have shut down Shabbat services," Mize told the Forward. "They just snapped their fingers."

Now a watchdog group is calling for the chaplains to be tried in a court-martial, the military's judicial process.

[...]

"They're persecuted for not being Christian enough," said Mikey Weinstein, the founder and leader of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a not-for-profit watchdog group that fights against religious discrimination and coercion in the military. Weinstein is a lawyer and veteran.

Two Jewish congressmen from the New York area, Democrat Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) and Republican Lee Zeldin (R-Long Island), have joined the push to get to bottom of what they called "discrimination" against Jewish service members at Ft. Campbell.

Zeldin, who is also an Army reserve officer, called for Mize to be reinstated and Shabbat services continued until a probe is complete - and any wrongdoing is punished appropriately.

"It is critical our military upholds the highest standards and holds accountable any individual who discriminates against Jewish servicemembers," Zeldin said in a letter to Major General Andrew P. Poppas, the commander of Ft. Campbell.

[...]

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U.S CONGRESSMAN
LEE ZELDIN's (R-NY) LETTER



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Legislative Assistant Keeps MRFF Apprised as Congressman Zeldin Investigates Ft. Campbell's Violation of Army Regulations

Date: May 19th, 2018

Hi Mikey,

Please see attached for a letter Congressman Zeldin sent to Major General Poppas regarding the Fort Campbell incident.

Warm regards,

[name withheld]
Legislative Assistant
Office of Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-1)

________________________________________________
Date: May 19th, 2018

Dear Colonels Brett Sylvia and Mark Faria,

I have attached a letter Congressman Zeldin sent to the Commander General today following allegations of discrimination against Jewish soldiers at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Earlier this week, we notified the Army congressional liaison of our interest in this investigation and I understand you have been in contact with Mikey Weinstein of MRFF representing Jeanette Mitze [Mize].

My boss would appreciate any feedback you could provide on this issue, being terminated in this abrupt manner seemingly violates specific Army regulations (ie. AR 165-1).

Warm regards,

[name withheld]
Legislative Assistant
Office of Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-1)


ADDITIONAL LETTERS

U.S. Democratic Congressman Sends Letter to Sec. of Def., James Mattis, On Behalf of MRFF's Client, After MRFF's
Media Exposure of Jewish Lay Leader's
Dismissal at Fort Campbell
(click here to enlarge letter)


Colombus, Ohio Jewish Foundation's CEO Calls MRFF "vanguard of the battle, providing leadership and support for Jewish lay leaders for the Fort Campbell Jewish community" In Letter Sent to Col. Sylvia & Col. Faria
(click here to enlarge letter)


California Council of Churches Impact
Sends Letter To Ft. Campbell Leadership Condemning Dismissal of Jewish Lay Lea
der (click here to enlarge letter)





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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mr. Weinstein!

 Thank you for founding the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. What a wonderful resource and action organization. I wish it had been around when I was in the Air Force two decades ago.

  When I was on active duty, I insisted on dog tags that had NO PREFERENCE instead of a specific religion printed on them. I was told over and over that I had to pick a specific religion. I eventually won that battle only after explaining that if I were dying, just send closest chaplain or anyone for that matter and I didn't care which religion. I hope there are more options for dog tags today which include NON-RELIGIOUS.

  When I was stationed at Tinker AFB, my commander held daily mandatory prayer meetings. It was no secret that choosing not to attend also meant that your performance report would prevent any future promotions. I chose not to attend. I filed an IG complaint which went nowhere. I wish the Military Religious Freedom Foundation had existed to fight the good fight.

  Prejudice based on “religious freedom” is unfortunately gaining ground. Thank you for your passion,  smart war planning, and blitzkrieg action on behalf of so many. Never give up. Never surrender.
(name withheld)

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