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Thursday, April 5, 2018


OSCAR RODRIGUEZ IS BACK!

FOOLISHLY SEEKS COURT JUDGEMENT DECLARING USAF VIOLATED HIS CIVIL RIGHTS

TOUGH LUCK!

MRFF STILL AGREES WITH
USAF DECISION TO OPPOSE
HIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL RETIREMENT SPEECH

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


STARS AND STRIPES
COVERS MRFF!
(two days in a row)

Vets say Air Force should have allowed retirement speech
that mentioned God

Wednesday April 4, 2018

By: Jennifer H. Svan
Date: April 4, 2018

Oscar Rodriguez wanted an apology from the Air Force for cutting him off from giving a speech that mentioned God.

A retired senior master sergeant, Rodriguez had been invited by Master Sgt. Charles Roberson to speak while the flag was folded during Roberson’s retirement ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., two years ago.

Instead, Rodriguez was forcibly removed from the ceremony as he shouted out the words of a speech that the Air Force says was against regulation at the time.

The Air Force never apologized and now Rodriguez, along with Roberson, who's also retired, are suing the service for alleged violations of their civil rights.

[...]

The lawsuit asks the court for a judgment declaring that the Air Force violated Rodriguez's and Roberson's free-speech rights, free exercise of religion and due process, and rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

It also wants the court to require the Air Force to follow the looser interpretation of what kinds of speeches are allowed at flag-folding ceremonies -- revised after the Travis incident -- and allow Rodriguez to continue to perform his speech at retirement ceremonies and other events where he's invited to do so. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and attorney's fees.

[...]

Rodriguez intended to recite his own flag-folding speech, one that touches on religion. "This is what we fight for, and if necessary to touch the hand of God in her defense, the charge that we accept as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines is a noble one ..." the written speech said, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. district court in Washington.

[...]

Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the advocacy group the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the Air Force statement contradicts a decade-old Air Force regulation that specifically states the official script "is the only one that may be used" at flag-folding ceremonies on or off an installation.

But given that they relaxed the requirement, the First Liberty lawsuit "is moot," Weinstein said.

"The Air Force actually did the right thing" by removing Rodriguez from the ceremony, he said. "When it happened, the regulation was clear: Only a secular version of the flag-folding speech would be allowed."

"Allowing Rodriguez to yell like a fundamentalist Christian hurricane is the antithesis of good order and discipline," he said.

[...]

Click to read more on Stars and Stripes


Background Information on MRFF's Opposition to Oscar Rodriguez's Religious
Retirement Speech

6/23/16 – MIKEY’s OP-ED – USAF Embarrasses Itself With Statement Allowing God-Drenched Flag Folding Ceremony – AGAIN. Fundamentalist First Liberty Institute Pounces with Glee on New Poster Child

Military Religious Freedom Foundation Considers Filing Federal Lawsuit Over Religious Speech/Flag Folding Debacle at Travis AFB


POORLY NAMED:
"VETERANS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY" (ViDoL)
CALLS MRFF "MOST HATEFUL, ANTI-CHRISTIAN GROUP"

"It's Up to Veterans to Reclaim Religious Liberty in Military
Stolen by Obama"

Friday, March 9, 2018


By: Dr. William Scott Magill, founder of Veterans in Defense of Liberty
Date: March 9, 2018

Despite the election of the very pro-religious liberty President Trump in 2016, there are still many anti-religious liberty policies in place for those who serve in the military.

Many of those policies engineered by former President Obama and his civilian bureaucrats in the Pentagon erase freedom of expression of Christian faith and religious liberty from the U.S. Armed Forces. Some Obama-era rules even criminalize the open expression of religious faith by men and women in uniform.

With President Trump in the White House, we have a real opportunity to reverse one of the worst legacies of the Obama Administration — its aggressive attempt to erase Christianity, religious liberty and even Chaplains from the United States military.

[...]

These policies didn't just happen. Many came on the advice of a radical liberal "advisor" to the Obama Pentagon named Mikey Weinstein.

Weinstein runs an atheist organization called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). But this Orwellian named group has nothing to do with "religious freedom." It is in truth the most hateful, anti-Christian groups (sic) in the U.S.

[...]

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MRFF Advisory Board Member Quentin D. Collins, Debunks ViDoL's Ridiculous Inaccuracies

Dr. Magill,

I normally do not engage the writers of these articles as I find them extremely one sided and biased; but, I felt compelled to write on this one. Let me start off with thanking you for your service to this country as a Marine, I had some great Marines that I was privileged to serve along with Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen. So, I will tell you about me, I am a twice wounded Combat Veteran from the Air Force and the Army. I am the only recently serving Chaplain to have received Purple Hearts from serving in Iraq as an Air Force Chaplain then serving again in Iraq as an Army Chaplain. With forty-seven months in combat as a Chaplain (means no weapon) who leaned a lot on faith for a Shield, I know how intense war is. In addition to the Purple Hearts I am the only Chaplain to receive two Bronze Stars and one with a Combat "V" for Valor. But those are my War medals, what I would like to have focus on is that I am a "died-in-the-wool" Evangelical, Spirit-Filled Christian Who is endorsed by a Spirit Filled Ecclesiastical Body. I have served as a Chaplain for seventeen of my almost thirty-three years in the military, achieving the rank of Colonel and the title of "Command Chaplain". I was shocked that I would attain that level (O-6) as I was not from one of the "critical need" denominations, who usually receive the higher ranks. With that aside, I would say with no reservations that I was not a proponent of Mikey Weinstein while working in Washington D.C. from 2008 - 2013 and they felt that he was the Devil Incarnate so I started realizing I had no problems with that position and felt that Mikey was - in fact - the Devil. Then I started seeing an unusual thing for an antagonist of Christianity, Mikey was representing Christians against unfair practices. That made no sense to me so I did what any other person with a PhD would do, I started researching. My research revealed that MRFF was not "anti-anything" except Domionists (who are Evangelical Zealots). So I started looking at all of the Hyperbole from both sides of the coin and realized quickly that Mikey was a great money maker for a lot of "Christian" groups as they used his visage to obtain more money. Oh, I am a member of Mikey's National Advisory Board now and feel my role is to mitigate issues that cast dispersions on the Military Chaplaincy.

I was then moved to New Mexico for my final military assignment. While there an issue developed whereby the Military Department was being threatened by a member that was "persecuted" by Senior Leaders due to his Religious Persuasion. MRFF was called in by the agreived member, and thus I was propelled into a role of representing the defendant (NM Military Department) in a meeting with Mikey Weinstein (he lives in New Mexico so it was easy to call this meeting). I began the meeting still a little jaded, only to realize that he was not the spawn of Satan. I then had a personal meeting where I found out that MRFF was representing almost 45,000 clients (at the time) and the vast majority were Christians. That number is much higher now. Soon after our meeting an issue arose at the USAFA whereby the Atheist Students Club were allowed to distribute their paraphernalia in the dining area of the Cadets Cafeteria, chastising any religion. Mikey stepped in to represent the Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc. against that group and the practice was immediately stopped.

After several more meetings I found out that Mikey and his family are definitely not Atheists and was not an advisor to the Obama Administration. You would not believe this (however you can research this and validate for yourself) but, Mikey worked in the Reagan Whitehouse and is a Republican. So now you know a little more truth, now let's look at a few of your complaints:

1) Bibles and Christian Symbols not being allowed into Walter Reed - bogus, we always had Bibles as well as many other religious books to give out as the policy was to clear the items through the Chaplains Office so as to ensure there was nothing "unsafe" (read weapons or illegal drugs being secretly brought in).

2) Punished Soldiers in Uniform for speaking openly about their faith in Christ. - bogus again. I (as an enlisted Airman through Chaplain Colonel) was never denied my opportunity to speak about my faith. There are places and times - you don't proclaim your faith in a formation just as you cannot speak out in an enforced attendance activity since not everyone is of the faith you share. Let me ask you would you be so upset if an Imam or Buddhist Monk were denied their opportunity to speak?

I could go on-and-on about this; but, this would become a tome in the vein of War and Peace. Let me ask you have you researched the issue of Klender and Firtko? A VA Sponsored Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) class teaches Chaplains how to be there for patients in their time of need. It is a truly pluralistic role (as are Military Chaplains) whereby you provide an atmosphere of peace and hope. I had to pray with a dying Muslim Soldier and I am not an Imam, just like offering a final Prayer for a Catholic and a Jewish Soldier and I am not a Priest or Rabbi, as I said before I am an Evangelical Christian. We must do everything equal so if your hang-up is praying in Jesus name then we need to have a prayer to Allah and Jehovah too.

Love of and service to our Military will lead more people to Faith than ever excluding them by mans definition of the "rules of faith engagement". One last question, what is this "scared bond" that Obama and Mikey are seeking to destroy?

Respectfully,

Quentin D Collins, US Army Chaplain (Colonel - Retired), PhD
Member, MRFF National Advisory Board

Click to read Quentin D. Collins' Bio
on MRFF's Foundation Voices

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Appreciation to MRFF

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mikey Weinstein and MRFF,

I wanted to take the time to thank you for your recent help on receiving Christian ceremony emails on behalf of the base Chaplain. I believe firmly in the separation of church and state and the rights given to us to worship any faith of our choosing under our first amendment. I believe our government has no right to push or suggest which religion we should follow. By receiving these emails, that is exactly what I felt the Army was doing. Unfortunately, working for the US Army, it can be fearful and hard to stand up by yourself on issues like this. Fortunately, you personally took initiative to address the issue directly with the base Chaplain and the Staff Action Officer that was sending out the emails. I can’t thank you enough for your prompt and personal attention you gave to me. I was truly surprised with how fast and efficient you worked. Now that they know this is a problem, it will be addressed and hopefully not happen again. If it does, I know who will have my back.

Thank you again,

(U.S.  Army Member’s name, rank, title and assigned unit all withheld)

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