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Friday, August 3, 2018

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MRFF'S MIKE FARRELL FIRES BACK AT WASHINGTON TIMES IN LA PROGRESSIVE OP-ED

"In her tirade, Ms. Chumley hysterically heaped insult and invective on Mikey Weinstein, Founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). As happens with zealots, she was wrong on every count, so she can work that out with her God."
- MIKE FARRELL, MRFF ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

LA Progressive Covers MRFF Op-Ed Rebuttal to Washington Times

Tuesday, August 2, 2018

By: Mike Farrell
Date: August 2, 2018

Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) Rebuttal To: "Fighting for the Bible, One Air Force Base at a Time," published July 31, 2018

On Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, one Cheryl K. Chumley cast off her Christian guise in the Washington Times and indulged herself in spewing a judgmental torrent of vitriol suggesting her favorite ox has been seriously gored.

Evidently, Ms. Chumley doesn't understand that freedom of religion means that Americans, including the women and men in our armed forces, are free to believe as they choose. Such freedom allows for the choice of any religion or no religion, a notion that Ms. Chumley and her ilk have great difficulty comprehending.

[...]

In her tirade, Ms. Chumley hysterically heaped insult and invective on Mikey Weinstein, Founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). As happens with zealots, she was wrong on every count, so she can work that out with her God. MRFF's paid and volunteer staff of over 420 individuals, its board, and its advisory board are over 80% Christian; and, of MRFF's over 57,000 active duty and veteran armed forces clients, over 95% are Christian.

She also, however, took it upon herself to berate Col. Stacy Jo Huser, commander of F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for recognizing that the Bible's placement was ill-advised and coming up with an alternative she thought might serve to increase "the sense of belonging for all our airmen," and make "the religious and non-religious feel included and cared for." A thoughtful attempt at solving the problem, some might think, but for the Christian-only crowd, she's a loser.

For Ms. Chumley and the Christian-supremacist crowd she represents, I suggest a careful re-reading of our First Amendment and the Sermon on the Mount.

Click to read more on LAProgressive.com


WASHINGTON TIMES
ONLINE OPINION EDITOR
CHERYL CHUMLEY'S OP-ED

RE: BIBLE REMOVAL FROM POW/MIA TABLES

"Fighting for the Bible, one Air Force base at a time"

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

By: Cheryl K. Chumley | The Washington Times
Date: July 31, 2018

The commander of Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming — Col. Stacy Jo Huser — caved to pressure from the zealot-driven Military Religious Freedom Foundation and removed the Bible from a POW-MIA display.

Once again, chalk a win for the MRFF's perennial crybaby-in-chief, Mikey Weinstein. Founding Fathers never would've suffered this madness; this whole backlash against the Bible in the public sphere is a figment of progressive-slash-socialist-slash-angry-atheist imaginations.

Huser, in a statement, said she just didn't want to offend those of religions other than Christianity. But in so doing — she offends Christians. Big time.

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If Weinstein truly wanted to uphold the concept of religion freedom, he wouldn't campaign so hard for the removal of religious displays — but rather, the addition. This is not brain surgery, people. Nothing stands in the way of those of different religion, or atheistic bent, from creating their own POW/MIA displays, secular or otherwise, alongside or in addition to the Bible-based ones.

Taking out the Bible is a needless slap in the face.

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Shame on Weinstein, shame on MRFF. And really, shame on any Christian who doesn't stand tall on this issue and join the fight for the right to display the Bible on military bases. It is, after all, part of what the military fights for, stands for and defends.

Click to read more on
The Washington Times


INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW (IJR) HIGHLIGHTS MRFF

"Jeff Sessions Just Showed He's Taking Religious Liberty Seriously — His New Task Force Focuses on Just That"

Monday, July 30, 2018

By: Sam Dorman | Independent Journal Review (IJR)
Date: July 30, 2018

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new task force dedicated to protecting religious liberty in the United States. 

The task force arose as a way to implement President Donald Trump's executive order from last May adamantly directing his agencies to protect religious liberty. 
"Freedom of religion is indeed our 'first freedom' — being the first listed right in the First Amendment," Sessions said during the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Religious Liberty Summit on Monday.

Sessions' speech warned of a "dangerous movement" that threatened to upend the tradition of religious freedom deeply rooted in the nation's founding.

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He specifically pointed to the controversy surrounding placing Bibles on a table respecting prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.
As IJR previously reported, the Air Force recently followed a request from Mikey Weinstein — a veteran who leads the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) — to remove the Bible from a table in Wyoming...


Click to read more on IJR.com


FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION (FFRF) COVERS MRFF

"Conservative group pushes for Air Force to fly in the face of the law"

Thursday, August 2, 2018

By: Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
Date: August 2, 2018

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Col. Stacy J. Huser, commander of the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyo., ordered the removal of a bible from the base's "Missing Man" tables, dedicated to POW/MIA soldiers, at the request of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which has been fighting for this change on behalf of 36 military families, including 21 Christians. Read more about that fight here.

The bible was removed and will be replaced with a book that features teachings from five religious traditions and blank pages representing non-belief.

[...]

Click to read more on FRFF.org


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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USAF RETIREE: "Re: Family Research Council Makes Outrageous Claim!"

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

From: (name withheld)
Subject: RE: Family Research Council Makes Outrageous Claim!
On Jul 31, 2018, at 9:38 AM (name withheld) wrote:

Perhaps the following analogy to elections in our country will help the majority of Christians serving in our country's Armed Forces  regarding the separation of church and state.  While a president may be elected by a number of partisan backers and supporters,  that  president has been elected to serve ALL of the voters, not just those who voted for him, and that president is expected to serve in office accordingly.  Similarly Christian leaders in our country's  Armed Forces are expected to defend the rights of ALL people in our country, including the rights of all the other people serving in our country's military uniforms whom  those leaders may be leading.

The official actions of those Christian military leaders should not imply support or promotion of their respective religious beliefs and those official actions should not denigrate the religious faiths of others who are non-believers of those military leaders' religious faiths.  Those Christian leaders who wish to proselytize their respective religious faiths should do so off-base, out-of-uniform, and without reference to their military assignments.   The actions in behalf of MRFF and its clients in various military commands can be viewed charitably by those clients' respective  military commanders  as supporting  a commander's duty regarding  the morale and welfare of the members of a military command rather than a personal attack on any particular  commander or that commander's religious faith.  Why shouldn't  a commander's duty regarding the spiritual welfare of the members of the  command be as fundamental as food at the dining hall?

(name omitted,  USAF  retiree)

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