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Thursday, June 28, 2018

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MRFF SENDS OFFICIAL DoD/IG COMPLAINT LETTER RE: OKINAWA NAVAL BASE; DEMANDS BIBLE REMOVAL


STARS & STRIPES COVERS MRFF IN FRONT PAGE ARTICLE

*In 2017, Stars & Stripes' website had 31.4 million page views

Group files IG complaint against Navy over Bible included in Okinawa POW/MIA display

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

By: Matthew M. Burke| Stars and Stripes
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – An organization that lobbies against promoting religion within the Armed Forces has filed an inspector general complaint against the U.S. Navy over a Bible that was included in a POW/MIA "Missing Man" table display at the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa.

The complaint seeks removal of the book from the display, eliminating language about the Bible and the phrase "one nation under God" from an accompanying explanatory placard, an investigation into how the book came to be displayed, who authorized it and "appropriate disciplinary measures administered to those responsible."

It was filed Tuesday by the New York-based law office of Donald Rehkopf Jr., on behalf of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and 26 families on Okinawa.

MRFF first filed a complaint about the display with Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, Navy Medicine West commander, on April 5. The Navy later said it investigated the matter but found that including the Bible was "consistent with Department of the Navy and Department of Defense guidance, as well as the U.S. Constitution."

The dispute over the display began when a group of sailors, Marines and Department of Defense civilian employees stationed on Okinawa reached out to MRFF, asking for help get the Bible removed, according to Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the MRFF.

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MRFF has also successfully argued against religious proselytizing during official military functions and forced the removal of religious historical and holiday displays from common areas on military posts.

The organization claims to represent over 56,300 active duty sailors, soldiers, Marines and airmen, cadets and midshipmen, National Guard and Reserve, DoD civilian employees and veterans.

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MRFF's FORMAL COMPLAINT
SENT TO PENTAGON's DEPUTY
INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR INVESTIGATIONS

Tuesday, June 26, 2018



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BACKGROUND ON OKINAWA BIBLE REMOVAL:

MRFF Demands Navy
"Rescind and withdraw" April 17th Decision to not remove Bible on
POW/MIA Table in Okinawa

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PATHEOS' FRIENDLY ATHEIST COVERS MRFF

Church/State Watchdog to Todd Starnes: Don't Call Us an
"Atheist" Org (Or Else)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

By: Hemant Mehta | The Friendly Atheist
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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That's a lie. MRFF is not an atheist group in any sense of the word. They represent atheists, sure, but they also represent Christians, Jews, and other members of the military who want to push back against endorsements of Christianity by their superiors. In many of Weinstein's letters to military leaders, he cites the religious affiliations of the people who reached out to him, and it's not unusual to hear that the majority of them are believers.

In fact, according to MRFF "96% of its current and retired armed forces clients are Christian as are about 80% of the Foundation staffers."

So for Starnes to call them an "atheist" group isn't just untrue. In the view of Weinstein, it's unfair because they represent so many more people than that.
That's why an attorney for MRFF, Randal Mathis, has now sent a letter to Starnes demanding he stop describing MRFF this way under threat of a lawsuit.

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BACKGROUND:

Todd Starnes of Fox News Calls Out MRFF After Pentagon
Sides With Mikey

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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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Retired Appellate Judge emails MRFF: "hmm"

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

From: (Retired Appellate Judge)
Subject: hmm
Date: June 26, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

Hey, Mikey: was sitting here this morning in the back yard, and saw the thing about Starnes on Fox News. He buried the lede. Displaying the seals of the armed services displayed is one thing, but wasn't the problem. Backing up the "honor the veterans" theme of the church's "Freedom Sunday" by advertising a sermon entitled "America is a Christian Nation" appropriated the symbols of our military to promote a position antithetical to the core ideals those services protect.

When Washington wrote to the members of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI* in 1790, he was addressed by the Synagogue, whose spokesman extolled the new government as...

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-Retired Appellate Judge

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"The Jeffress Incident"

Tuesday June 26, 2018

Mikey,

I applaud your intrepid interventions on zealots like Jeffress and their Christian/Sharia Law intentions.

I decided to write to Starnes, not that he will ever see my letter.

Cheers,
John Minck

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I decry your characterization of the MRFF as an atheist organization, starting with the fact that the founder is professed Jewish. His clear mission is to assure that our government and especially the military is NOT promoting ANY religion. It puzzles me why commentators like you somehow seem to think that our Constitution encourages such outrages as the Jeffress megachurch in Dallas to use DOD logos in their bible-based bigotry events?

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"Learn something..."

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

From: E-mail withheld
Subject: Learn something…
Date: June 26, 2018
To: MRFF Mikey Weinstein

(name withheld)

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