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Friday, April 20, 2018


- ONLY CHRISTIANS ALLOWED -
AT U.S. NAVY's TABLE!

U.S. Navy REFUSES MRFF's Demand
to Remove Christian Bible from
POW/MIA Memorial Table at
U.S. Naval Hospital on Okinawa.

NAVY DEFIES CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND DOD/NAVY REGULATORY PROVISIONS!

MRFF Information/Contact: (505)-250-7727

MRFF's Statement in response to letter of refusal from U.S. Navy Rear Admiral P.D. Pearigen, Medical Corps (see U.S. Navy's letter of refusal under Mikey's Statement):

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, on behalf of its 26 military and DoD civilian family clients stationed with the U.S. armed forces on Okinawa, rejects entirely and effusively condemns the embarrassingly imbecilic decision of Rear Admiral Pearigen to refuse to remove the unconstitutional placement of the Christian Bible from the POW/MIA display at the U.S. Naval Hospital on Okinawa.

MRFF's legal counsel will be directly responding to Admiral Pearigen's egregiously erroneous letter very soon. Additionally, MRFF's attorneys will be filing an official complaint with the Department of Defense Inspector General on behalf of its 26 client families on Okinawa.

Rear Admiral Pearigen is horribly wrong on both the law and the attendant historical facts in this matter at hand. Sadly, he appears to need a little history lesson about the origins of the POW/MIA table. It did NOT originate with the National League of POW/MIA Families, as the Admiral so confidently — but very wrongly — asserts in his ill-advised letter. It originated with the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, also known as the "River Rats," which first met in Thailand in 1967. The original POW/MIA table items did NOT include a Bible. It wasn't until over three decades later that the Bible was added in a version of the table and ceremony script that appeared in a 1999 issue of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary magazine, and not until 2000 that a nearly identical script first appeared on the National League of POW/MIA Families website. Prior to the addition of the Bible by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the National League of POW/MIA Families, the American Legion's version, which has been around since at least 1985, and which, like the original tradition, does NOT include a Bible, was the standard. In fact, even the National League of POW/MIA Families itself does not take credit for originating this tradition, saying on its own website that it is a ceremony "which military personnel have developed." 

The Admiral's letter also utterly fails to acknowledge the fact that the accompanying National League of POW/MIA Families script (translated into Japanese for indigenous personnel to read) on that POW/MIA table does not even mention the critical significance of the candle placed on that table but, instead and in its place, makes it clear why that all-important Christian Bible is prominently displayed.

According to various Air Force manuals, the Bible was in the script in 2001, taken out by 2007, then back in again by 2012. The current version, issued in 2013, is a variation of the National League of POW/MIA Families script, minus the "founded as one nation under God" wording and making it optional to include a generic "bound text" as an inclusive symbol of a "book of faith" rather than the book specifically being a Bible.

Additionally, it is beyond idiotic for the Admiral to assert, because there are 8 OTHER items on the POW/MIA table, somehow that sectarian Christian Bible does NOT stand out. On the contrary, that Christian Bible stands out like a tarantula on a wedding cake. It is not somehow camouflaged or invisible because there are 8 other items (one of which is the script with the religious language) on that POW/MIA table. In fact, this Christian Bible is one of the largest items on the table -- well over double the size of even the American flag!

MRFF has long enjoyed considerable success in the very recent past in getting Christian bibles removed from military and civilian agency POW/MIA display tables and remains both resolute and fully committed to vehemently fight Admiral Pearigen's ridiculous, illogical and unlawful decision to defy Constitutional law and DoD/Navy regulatory provisions with his disgraceful actions re: the Bible displayed on Okinawa at the U.S. Naval Hospital.

(Bold and red text added by editor for emphasis)


U.S. NAVY's RESPONSE TO MRFF

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MRFF STANDS BEHIND ARMY INVESTIGATOR's INITIAL FINDING THAT CHAPLAIN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST
GAY SERVICEMEMBER!

"If you're going to view same-sex couples as a sin against God, you can either hold your tongue, change your attitude,
or get out of the military..."

-Mikey Weinstein


MILITARY TIMES
COVERS MRFF

Army chaplain faces same-sex discrimination claim; lawyer says he was following Army guidance

Thursday, April 19, 2018

By: Kyle Rempfer | Military Times
Date: April 19, 2018

An Army chaplain is fighting back against an investigator's recommendation that he should be disciplined after refusing to facilitate a marriage retreat that includes same-sex couples.

Earlier this year, Army Maj. Scott Squires was serving as a chaplain at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There, he told a soldier he was unable to conduct a marriage retreat that included the soldier and the soldier's same-sex partner due to his church's restrictions.

An Army investigator later concluded Squires discriminated against the service member.

But Squires was following the requirements of his chaplain endorsing agency, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to Mike Berry, an attorney at First Liberty Institute, the religious liberties group representing Squires in his appeal.

First Liberty sent a letter to the Army urging it to reverse the investigator's decision.

[...]

The Army has training guidance - although not an official policy - telling chaplains to adhere to their endorsers' religious tenets in order to keep their endorsement, while also finding alternative solutions for situations like this, Berry said.

However, the religious tenets of Squires' church are the real problem in this situation, according to Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation,an advocacy group dedicated to upholding service members' constitutional right of religious freedom.

He said the Southern Baptist Convention's board should be reviewed as an approved endorsing agency in light of these beliefs.

"They're saying the Army requires them to follow their endorsing agency, which is demanding that its chaplains follow something that our Supreme Court found was legal [in Obergefell v. Hodges]," Weinstein said. "Then our argument is [Defense Secretary Jim Mattis] ought to disqualify that particular entity as a chaplain endorsing agency."

Weinstein said the refusal of certain military chaplains to accommodate same-sex couples was comparable to refusing to accommodate mixed-race or mixed-religion couples.

"If you're going to view same-sex couples as a sin against god, you can either hold your tongue, change your attitude, or get out of the military," he said.

"This chaplain did not put his hand on a copy of the Constitution and swear allegiance to the New Testament," Weinstein said. "He put his hand on the New Testament and took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution."

That same Constitution has been interpreted to give equal protection and total legitimacy to same-sex marriages, he added.

[...]

Click to read on MilitaryTimes.com


OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL (OTJAG) 2014 OPINION SUPPORTS MRFF's POSITION THAT ARMY CHAPLAIN MAJ. SCOTT SQUIRES ACTION WAS DISCRIMINATORY!

MRFF's Client references this opinion
on the Army Chaplaincy's Facebook page
in email sent to Mikey:

From: xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: A very interesting document on the Army Chaplaincy's FB Page
Date: April 19, 2018 at 4:15:36 PM MDT
To: Mikey Weinstein


Mikey,

This document (link below)* was referenced on the Army Chaplaincy’s FB page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArmyChaplaincy. The context was the discussion of Chaplain Scott Squires at Ft Bragg. According to the email thread on that document (attached) (link below)*, in September of 2014, the Plans and Operations Chaplain from Ft Sam Houston‘s Medical Command Chaplain’s Office [(CH (MAJ) Steve Shin] asked for an opinion from the Office of the Chief of Chaplains (OCCH) of the Army as to whether or not they could ask LGBT couples to attend an "alternate" Strong Bonds marriage retreat when an "unrestricted chaplain" would be available. An "unrestricted chaplain" is one who is able to minister to LGBT couples and everyone else. "Restricted chaplains" are those who are prevented by their endorsement or conscience from ministering to LGBT personnel. . The OCCH referred the question to The Office of the Judge Advocate General (OTJAG). OTJAG rendered an opinion that chaplains COULD NOT ask LGBT couples to attend a different Strong Bonds event. They opined that it was "legally objectionable." I think that this email thread has direct implications with the Scott Squires case.

This information comes from (link)**, a link to which an active duty Army chaplain posted today on the Army Chaplaincy’s FaceBook page.

A Grateful Anonymous Client and Fan of MRFF

*Editor's note
**Link shortened

Click to read the referenced document


MRFF's LEGAL COUNSEL SENDS SECOND FORMAL COMPLAINT TO U.S.N. COMMANDING OFFICER, NAVY MEDICINE WEST

MRFF Insists "Witch Hunt" Of MRFF Clients For Reprisal And Retaliation Will Not Be Tolerated

Monday, April 16, 2018


 


Click to enlarge and read demand letter


CHINA CHRISTIAN DAILY COVERS MRFF

Did Sailors at the US Naval Base in Okinawa Try to Convert Japanese Military Families to Christianity?

Following the discovery of a Bible being displayed publicly in its hospital, US Navy officials launched an investigation that sparked from a complainant who noticed the oddity.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation filed a seven-page complaint on behalf of the 26 servicemen who saw that a Bible was publicly displayed at the table at the Prisoner of War galley. The group cited that aside from the Bible, a placard with a statement "The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded one nation under God" is also publicly displayed.

MMRF stated that the Bible, as well as the placard, was unconstitutional to non-Christians. The group added that the display violated the Department of Defense and the Navy's regulations.

The US Constitution prohibits any public offices from endorsing any type of religion and the same rule can also be found from Pentagon.

The group's president and founder, Mikey Weinstein initially contacted the Navy hospital and asked that the religious items be removed. A Navy staff was said to have refused the request pending an actual order from Capt. Cynthia Kuehner who was on leave.

[...]

Click to read on ChinaChristianDaily.com


Background Information

Viral Media Coverage of MRFF’s Demand for Christian Bible Removal Invokes
Hate and Threats

First Fox, Now Biased Breitbart!
MRFF Media Coverage Intensifies!


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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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Freedom from your religion?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

From: [email address withheld]
Subject: Freedom from your religion?
Date: April 20, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

I heard your name dropped by some senator, read your website and am reviled.

There is no "freedom from religion" short of schizophrenia; an inability to maintain beliefs and or practices.
Every healthy person maintains some set of beliefs and practices, thus has a religion. An individual choosing to ignore the name of their religion, does not mean their religion has no name.
There is no expectation on anyone ever to go along with any facade of any nameless religion.
As easily as anyone can be labeled with Christianity or Hinduism so to can every godless individual fit nicely into categories of some religion; from Nihilism to Gosateizm, even Buddhism is "godless" and an appropriate label.
An individuals choice to identify as unidentifiable "ambiguity" is not a reasonable expectation of others, short of a ladies age. Defending the "no-religion" position is an encouragement of self ignorance at best. Its not an appropriate answer, its like saying: "no-pants", "no-toilet", "no-food" despite factually having these things.. classsic schizophrenia.

cf. The Emperors New Clothes.

Thanks
(name withheld)

[...]

Click to read more and responses from MRFF Advisory Board Members in MRFF's Inbox


you suck mickey joosteen

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

From: [email address withheld]
Subject: you suck mickey joosteen
Date: April 18, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

you should have the bible of Jesus shoved up you jooish asshole inch by inch by Navy SEALs
leave the POW-MIA tables alone mickey whiningsteen
no one wants your jooish nose in the Lords business anyway
(why are all your noses so big anyway? its true and hitler has the pix to prove it)
JESUS CHRIST IS KING!

Click to read in MRFF's Inbox


Don't you have anything
better to do...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

From: [email address withheld]
Subject: Don't you have anything better to do...
Date: April 11, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

I love how you try to make your organization sound so influential and patriotic. If you have to tell everyone you a... maybe it's because you not.  But thanks for the laugh!
 
Disrespectfully and with malice and contempt,
(name withheld)

_______________________

Response by MRFF Advisory Board Member Joan Slish

Dear (name withheld)

I am so sorry that you have been misled by lies, omissions and distortions concerning the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
 
Fair warning: We have liaisons on almost every base in the world and all incoming emails and responses are sent out to them to be disseminated.
 
Mikey and MRFF are neither an atheist organization nor are we anti-
Christian. Mikey is Jewish (and prays to the same Father we do 3 times a day) and 80% of the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters (415 in total) of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are Christians. In fact, 96% of our 55,000+ soldier clients are mainline Christians and we fight for them more than any other belief or non-belief.

[...]

Click to read full response in MRFF's Inbox


you will burn forever in hell

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

From: [email address withheld]
Subject: you will burn forever in hell
Date: April 10, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

I hate you Mike Weinstien and I hate your stupid organization of Jesus haters.

When you pass away when decreed by Jesus and we pray the Son takes you soon to judgment.

It will be a holiday in heaven when Jesus sentences you to burn in the Lake of Fire.

The cheering from the Host and angles will be defeaning and glorious to behold. Hallelujah!

I promise you this. You satanic demon. After you are buried I will find your grave and deficate all over it.
And I will use strongest apoxy glue to attach bibles to your headstone.

Just like you won't let bibles in Japan for the troops. Your grave will have bible on it forever. As you burn in hell

I hate you and your silly little MRRF minions.

–from a retired policeman and Sunday School teacher who loves Jesus and the Bible. And our servicemen and our Flag

Click to read in MRFF's Inbox


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