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Thursday, March 29, 2018



11 MRFF Clients Complain About Commander's Proselytization Attempts.

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U.S. Army Soldiers/MRFF Clients Send Thank You Email

Commander's "He Is Risen"
Easter Message Stopped

Thursday, March 29, 2018

From: United States Army Soldier’s E-Mail Address Withheld
Subject: Commander's "He Is Risen" Easter Message Stopped
Date: March 29, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

Good Day to the MRFF,

I am a (Protestant denomination withheld) U.S. Army soldier writing on behalf of 10 fellow soldiers in my unit at Fort (name withheld.) We all reached out to the MRFF because of what our (unit name withheld) Commander ordered some of us to do late last week. Please do not release our names or other identification information.

Last week in a regularly scheduled meeting (unit commander's name and rank withheld) announced that he wanted to send an "Easter Message" to the entire unit which stressed "Christ's sacrificial Grace in His suffering". The Roman's torture of Christ being whipped and then crucified were to be highlighted . Our commander asked us to title his message as "He Is Risen" and have it sent on his behalf in hard copy to all (unit name withheld) soldiers.

We were (curse word withheld) shocked at this! And respectfully tried to tell our (name, rank and title of unit commander withheld) that he could not do this. He seemed even more shocked than we were and asked us "why not?" There were many answers to his question. To start with we told him that not all the soldiers in our unit were Christians. He told us that "that is the point of the message". We said nothing but he looked surprised. Then he said "ok just send it to the Christians" in our unit. We asked him how we were supposed to find out who was and who wasn't a Christian. He said "well just ask them all". We tried to tell him that that was also wrong but he insisted and started to get mad. Then he said to include the"atheists" because they don't have a faith and "would have no cause to complain."

(Name and rank of fellow soldier at the meeting withheld) happens to be Jewish. I asked (commander's name and rank withheld) if he would also issue a message to our unit for Passover which is Friday March 30th. He said no. I asked him why not? He said "because I'm not Jewish that's why not. I'm Christian." WTF, how messed up is that? We could not believe this was what he said to do. We were confused and scared at the same time. We thought of some options but none seemed any good to try to stop this.

With no other place to go we reached out to the MRFF for help in this jacked up Easter mess with our commander. Mr. Weinstein took down all of the information and told us we were totally in the right.

Mr. Weinstein made some calls to our commander's chain of command. We don't hear anything for a few hours after calling the MRFF. But then (name, rank and title of unit's senior NCO) came by & told us to "forget about (unit commander's name and rank withheld) Easter message" as it had just been cancelled. He told us nothing else. Funny because before calling the MRFF we had asked him to help us out here and change (name and rank of unit commander withheld) mind about this. And he told us to do what the commander had said to do and distribute his Easter message.

I and my fellow battle buddies are extremely thankful for the MRFF's help with this stupid situation. This cancellation of our (unit's name withheld) commander's Easter message only happened yesterday and so far no one has seen him. Some of us (me too) are afraid he will be crazy mad and try to take it out on us later on. He knows it was all of us who complained to the MRFF.

If any of that happens we will call the MRFF right away and won't hesitate like this last time.

Thank you for what you did to help us. And for all you do.


(U.S. Army Soldier's name, rank, unit title and MOS all withheld)

(phone number withheld)


Rabbi Joel R. Schwartzman, Chaplain (Colonel) (Ret.) USAF


Retired USAFA Chaplain
Details Decades Old Incident Regarding "He is risen" Flyers

Thursday, March 29, 2018

By: Rabbi Joel R. Schwartzman, Chaplain (Colonel) (Ret.) USAF
Date: March 29, 2018

When I was a Jewish chaplain stationed at the United States Air Force Academy, Jewish cadets came to me with a flyer that had been shoved under their doors which in essence read, "He is risen." The flyer was distributed on Easter morning; and every cadet woke to find one of these under the doors of their rooms. I went to the Southern Baptist chaplain who I believed encouraged this breach of military regulations and protocol and I complained to him that this was not the United States Air Force's Christian Academy but that it was the United States Air Force Academy. He responded that he could not control the actions of the cadets of his denomination and, in so many words, told me to just "bite the bullet."

Exhortations to a particular religious denomination or belief are not appropriate if one's goal is unit cohesion. They are contrary to the military's accomplishing its missions; they divide people along religious lines and disrupt the unity necessary for survival on the battlefield.

Given the New Testament's animus toward the Jews of Jesus' day, some of the most hateful of which occur at this time of year, Easter often became a particularly sensitive time for Jewish personnel. The MRFF (Military Religious Freedom Foundation), addresses particularistic religious compulsions and challenges them. There is no place for these acts and coercive pronouncements. Superiors, commanders, and others in authority need to beware of what is appropriate, Constitutional, and allowable by military regulations. It is for this reason that the advice and counsel of the MRFF is not only effective for those suffering discrimination and religious harassment, but also to guide and teach those who are in authority to be better leaders.

Springtime presents the opportunity for people of different religious persuasions to observe and celebrate their holidays. One of the great blessings of America is that we have the freedoms to do so. I, personally, am grateful to the MRFF for its work to protect and defend our religious freedoms, and also those who choose not to observe or celebrate any religion.


American Transgender
Military Service

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

It is my desire and privilege to join with countless other retired senior military officers in urging the Department of Defense to continue providing transgender Americans the opportunity to serve in our US Armed Forces and reject the bigoted ban attempt.


Provoked by a pernicious president, radicalized religionists who are intolerant and judgmental hurl hypocritical hatred at transgender Americans and obstinately oppose their military service just as they have previously done against African-Americans, Native-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Muslim-Americans, female Americans and homosexual Americans. Fortunately, the categories of human minorities remaining for the self-righteous to hate and harm are declining.


"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." These words poignantly penned long ago by Christian Philosopher Pascal ("Pensees") certainly apply today to the terrible tyrannical treatment of transgender Americans.

-John Compere

Brigadier General, US Army (Retired), former Chief Judge, US Army Court of Military Review, Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam), Military Religious Freedom Foundation Advisory Board Member, & Texas rancher

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Thursday, March 29, 2018


On this day MRFF joins the millions of Americans in remembering the friends
and family members who served
gallantly in the Vietnam War.

March 29th is National
Vietnam War Veterans Day.

 So many servicemembers came back from Vietnam with tortuous physical and mental injuries, and so many servicemembers did not come
back from the war.

They all served their country.

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