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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL MAKES OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM!

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS) COVERS MRFF

"Creating the interfaith book could be seen as violating the First Amendment by demonstrating government bias
in favoring one kind of religious content over another
and establishing a preferred religion..."

- FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL

MRFF RETORTS: TALK ABOUT RIDICULOUS!!! HELLOOOO?!?!
Presenting the BIBLE ALONE on the table is the most blatant favoring of one kind of religious content over others!

"Military Bible display at center of religious liberty tussle"

By: Mary Beth McCauley
Date: July 30, 2018

(RNS) — A Bible placed on a memorial table at a Wyoming Air Force base is at the center of an ongoing battle over what constitutes religious liberty and what violates it.

In response to demands by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Col. Stacy J. Huser, commander of the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyo., recently ordered that a Bible be removed from the base's "Missing Man" table. The table, a POW/MIA memorial common in military base dining halls, hospitals and ceremonies since the Vietnam War, is set for a meal in honor of prisoners of war, the missing in action and the fallen. A Bible is traditionally placed on the table.

But Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the foundation, said the Bible violates the civil rights of military personnel, many of whom "have been abused in the military for not being Christian enough." Weinstein, a former Air Force officer and firebrand lawyer, claims to represent more than 50,000 anonymous clients worldwide, many of them Christians.

Weinstein approached Huser in May on behalf of 36 unnamed base officers and enlisted personnel. According to Weinstein, Huser "jumped right on it" and thanked him for "taking care of our Airmen." A replacement "book of faith" is in the works that will feature teachings from five religious traditions and include blank pages representing nonbelief. Alternate religious texts, including the Torah and the Book of Mormon, are being rotated through the Missing Man table until the interfaith book becomes available.

Huser said in a media statement that the Bible was removed to increase "the sense of belonging for all our Airmen; a large part of that effort is ensuring the religious and nonreligious feel included and cared for."

The Family Research Council, a conservative faith-based advocacy group, is asking via petition that Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson restore the Bible at Warren Air Force Base. The FRC said the generic book is "an affront ... to the very real faith that sustained many of our heroic POW/MIA warriors."

According to Chris Gacek, FRC senior fellow for regulatory affairs, such cases represent a "trivialization of religious freedom rights." Placement of the Bible on the Missing Man table constitutes a minor, passive and nonparticipatory presence of a religious symbol, he said, something that reasonable interpretations of First Amendment law would not consider offensive. Further, said Gacek, in military cemeteries and memorials, where thoughts often turn to meaning-of-life issues, religious symbols of various faiths seem natural and even vital to many.

"The commander made a big boo-boo when she substituted another book," said Gacek. Creating the interfaith book could be seen as violating the First Amendment by demonstrating government bias in favoring one kind of religious content over another and establishing a preferred religion -- or in this case, many religions.

The outcome of such demands and litigation threats often rests on the prevailing views of the current presidential administration. In 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled that he would intervene in religious liberties cases only with a high level of need, a standard the Missing Man table controversy doesn't meet "even remotely," said Gacek.

[...]

Click to read more on ReligionNews.com


PATHEOS' FRIENDLY ATHEIST COVERS MRFF

"Christian Right Group Says
Military Display With
Generic Faith Book is Illegal"

Monday, July 30, 2018

By: Hemant Mehta | Patheos
Date: July 30, 2018

[...]

You can read more details about the case here, but the short version is that the Military Religion Freedom Foundation raised concerns with the base's commander, Col. Stacy J. Huser, and she agreed that this was a problem.

Huser said they would remove the Bible and replace it with a generic "book of faith" which was more like a blank journal representing all religions and no religion. That's the right move, at least if something needs to be there.

new article about the controversy was just posted at Religion News Service, and it includes comments from the conservative Christian group Family Research Council. The group's senior fellow for regulatory affairs, Chris Gacek, wanted to argue that the Bible was perfectly fine... but check out how he did it:

"The commander made a big boo-boo when she substituted another book," said Gacek. Creating the interfaith book could be seen as violating the First Amendment by demonstrating government bias in favoring one kind of religious content over another and establishing a preferred religion — or in this case, many religions.

So a book representing all religions (and none at all) would somehow be a violation of the Establishment Clause... yet the Bible by itself would be just fine.

That is some messed up #ChristianLogic right there.

Gacek wasn't done making a fool of himself, though, because he also tried to gaslight everyone on American history...

[...]


Click to read on patheos.com


TODD STARNES TAKES TO SHANNON BREAM'S FOX NEWS SHOW TO ATTACK MIKEY/MRFF

(Mention of MRFF begins at the
2:57 mark of the 5:20 video)

Friday, July 27, 2018

CLICK TO WATCH


Background on MRFF's Bible Removal Victories Which Have Caused This Faux Fox Fuss:

7/24/18 – Fox News' Huckabee Joins Starnes in the Fundamentalist Evangelical Charge, Imploring Trump to Stop MRFF’s Activism!

7/20/18 – President Trump Called Upon By Todd Starnes of Fox News to Shut Down MRFF

7/18/2018 – MRFF Momentum Results In SECOND Bible Removal VICTORY In Two Days!


A HIGHLIGHTED FEW OF
MRFF'S MANY PAST BIBLE REMOVAL VICTORIES FROM POW/MIA TABLES AT VA FACILITIES/MILITARY INSTALLATIONS

7/18/18 – Another Day...Another MRFF Client Victory for Secular Government over Sectarian Religious Supremacy; Buffalo VA Medical Center Removes Bible

 

7/17/18 - MRFF Thanks USAF Wing Commander For Valiant Action Against Religious Favoritism at F.E. Warren AFB

 

11/3/17 – Denver VA Medical Center promptly removes Unconstitutional Bible from
"Missing Man Table!"

 

10/18/16 - MRFF commends Chillicothe Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Athens Ohio, for prompt New Testament Bible removal from Medical Health Clinic


9/16/16 - New Testament Bible Removed from Eglin AFB, FL Allergy Clinic Table

 

4/19/16 - New Testament Bible Removed from Tobyhanna, PA VA POW/MIA Table

 

4/11/16 - New Testament Bible Removed from Houston, TX VA POW/MIA Table

 

4/8/16 - New Testament Bible Removed from Wright Patterson AFB, OH POW/MIA Table

 

4/4/16 - New Testament Bible Removed from Youngstown, OH VA POW/MIA Table

 

2/25/16 - New Testament Bible Removed from Akron, OH VA POW/MIA Table


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MIKEY's USAFA CLASSMATE: "You are worse than Hitler"

Monday, July 30, 2018

From: (name withheld)
Subject: You are worse than Hitler
Date: July 30, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

You know it's a real shame that you ever came to the Air Force Academy Mikey Weinstein.
I am one of your USAFA classmates. I can tell you that you have irreparably soiled the reputation of our Class of 1977 and the whole school.
And now you force the Bibles off of POW MIA Memorials everywhere and pretend that it supports the Constitution? You do Satan's work for him with a smile on your demonic face. And you have the audacity to wear the ring of an Air Force Academy graduate while you do it.

You are so evil.

If it were not for my love and devotion to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I and others would have made sure you never had the chance to graduate and spread your reign of terror against Christians wearing the uniform. You are worse than Hitler (yes Hitler) and your time is coming Mikey.
And we don't have to do anything. Jesus will handle the sorry likes of you.

Our prayers to Jesus will ensure that He will stop you right in your tracks.
You won't like where He will be sending you for all time Mikey.

Say hello to Hitler when you become his classmate forever in HELL!

(This e-mail address will not accept your evil replies.)

/s/

-one of many USAFA 1977 classmates and other graduates who despise you

 

Click to read in MRFF's inbox

 

"Removal of Bible
MIA POW Table"

Monday, July 30, 2018

From: (name withheld)
Subject: Removal of Bible MIA POW Table
Date: July 30, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

Dear Sir or Madam,

The decision to remove the Bible is a complete tragedy and a frightening statement of where our country is headed.

I personally know the families of two of our most famous POW's Morgan Donahue and Charles Shelton and I can fully assure you these men would be horrified by your decision.

Stop trying to "include" everyone. This is a recipe for failure as there will always be those that try to undermine the simple truth that our nation was founded on Christian principals... period.

Matthew 10:33 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

All humans are invited into the family of Christ. Some chose for and some against. Who are you choosing?

Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,

(name withheld) (daughter of WWII Veteran a tireless believer and advocate for Jesus Christ)

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"american traditions"

Thursday, July 26, 2018

From: (name withheld)
Subject: american traditions
Date: July 26, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein
 
Hey little worm, we saw a blog that reflects muslims in the military and your compassion for them…i was
looked at the wrong way and threatened, while in the service, by some muslim fellow soldiers.  We told them America was founded by christian patriots and that revisionists are trying to change that to be "politically correct" .
 
FUCK political correctness and your web site.

My group will open your eyes, one way or the other , you are a traitor and will hang for it .
(name withheld)

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