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Monday, April 9, 2018



VIRAL MEDIA COVERAGE
OF MRFF's DEMAND FOR CHRISTIAN BIBLE REMOVAL INVOKES HATE AND THREATS

"...keep your head down [Mikey] never know when someone's coming for you bitch."

(One example from the cascade of HATE
Mikey Weinstein has received)

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STARS & STRIPES
COVERS MRFF

(Second Updated Article)

Navy investigates after Bible
was included in Okinawa
POW/MIA display

Monday, April 9, 2018

By: Matthew M. Burke | Stars and Stripes
Date:
April 9, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa - The Navy has launched an investigation after a Bible was included in a POW/MIA "Missing Man" table display at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa.

Officials were first alerted to the issue Thursday evening, when a complaint was received from the New York-based Law Office of Donald Rehkopf Jr. on behalf of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and 26 families on Okinawa. It was addressed to Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, Navy Medicine West commander.

The grievance demands the immediate removal of the Bible from the display, as well as the immediate removal of accompanying written materials that describe the United States as being "founded as one nation under God" and a Japanese translation of those materials.

It also demands an independent investigation into who put up the display and disciplinary measures for those responsible.

"Please be advised that we are investigating the matter now," Navy Medicine West paralegal specialist David Ostrander wrote in an email to Rehkopf Friday. "More information to follow."

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The complaint cites the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, which "not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another," according to a Cornell Law School legal dictionary.

[...]

Weinstein vowed not to back down, though he has been inundated with sexually explicit, homophobic, anti-Semitic and violent threats, which he shared with Stars and Stripes.

"Not all POWs are Christian," he said. "This is America. We are a representative, secular democracy . the Constitution is worth standing up for."

The official Navy or Defense Department stance on Bibles being included in POW/MIA "Missing Man" table displays remains unclear. A report on the Navy's website from 2014 describes the Bible as being an official part of the display; however, a photo of a table that accompanies the article does not have a Bible in it.

A web search of photographs from military photographers of the displays showed that most of the displays around the world, from Afghanistan to Cuba, do not include a Bible. The ones that did were generally from private organizations, such as a 2014 remembrance ceremony at Pima Air and Space Museum in Arizona, though that ceremony included an honor guard from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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Click to read on Stripes.com


TODD STARNES OF FOX NEWS

Navy Investigates Bible on "Missing Man Table" Tribute

Sunday, April 8, 2018

By: Todd Starnes | Toddstarnes.com
Date: April 8, 2018

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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a radical group that has a history of targeting public displays of Christianity, filed the complaint on behalf of 26 military personnel and civilian staff.

They wrote a seven-page complaint alleging that a Christian Bible was placed on a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action display in the hospital's public gallery.

"Why is that Bible there," MRFF president Mikey Weinstein demanded to know in an interview with Stars & Stripes. "Can you imagine if somebody put a Quran there, or the book of Satan, or the Book of Mormon? It's violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause as well as DoD and Navy regulations."

[...]

So why is the Navy wasting its time to investigate the unfounded allegations made by Mikey Weinstein and his minions?

This is nothing more than a despicable attack by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation on the families of those with a loved one who is missing in action.

It's time for the Trump Administration's Pentagon to stop this radical group from bullying military families and desecrating any more Missing Man tables.

Click to read on Toddstarnes.com


INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW (IJR) COVERS MRFF

Advocacy Group Wants Bible and Literature Claiming US Was Founded as 'One Nation Under God' Removed From POW Display

Saturday, April 7, 2018


By: Jenny Fink | Independent Journal Review (IJR)
Date: April 7, 2018

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed a formal complaint with the Navy over the presence of a Bible and literature that states America was "founded as one nation under God" at the POW/MIA "Missing Man" table at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa.

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Weinstein reportedly contacted hospital officials and asked for the items to be removed, but the Navy Judge Advocate General assigned to the hospital wouldn't take acquiesce to his request without the permission of hospital commander Capt. Cynthia Kuehner.

Kuehner is reportedly away on temporary duty assignment.

According to the Department of Defense, the missing man table tradition has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War and is filled with symbols to pay tribute to prisoners of war and those who went missing in action.

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If the Navy doesn't comply with the removal request, the organization plans to file a third-party inspector general complaint and possibly pursue a lawsuit, if necessary.

Click to read on IJR.com


RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS) COVERS MRFF

*RNS is an independent, nonprofit and award-winning source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and ethics, reported by a staff of professional journalists.

Controversy erupts over Bible in Okinawa naval hospital display

Monday, April 9, 2018


By: Mark A. Kellner | Independent Journal Review (IJR)
Date: April 9, 2018

(RNS) - Navy officials are investigating complaints about the placement of a Bible in a public display about POW/MIAs at the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, the service's largest overseas medical facility.

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The complaint reads in part:

"The issue here is that by including a Bible as part of the POW/MIA Display in the public Galley, it signifies two things.
First, that this is an official, command-endorsed Display. Second, that the command is endorsing Christianity (versus other major religions or non-religious beliefs) as expressed in the Christian Bible to the total exclusion of any other belief systems or non-belief traditions."

Foundation president Mikey Weinstein said he also was concerned about a placard on the display, in Japanese and English,
which read in part, "The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded one nation under God."

A Bible and similar language were suggested in the Navy's official blog in 2014 for display tables honoring prisoners of war and military members missing in action. But Weinstein said the placard's wording and its translation into Japanese amounts to evangelization. "We're having our lawyers look at whether or not this violates the Status of Forces Agreement, or the treaty we have with Japan," he said.

"Christianity gets no special treatment in the eyes of the law," he added.

[...]

Click to read on Religionnews.com


ORIGINAL VIETNAM ERA POW/MIA TABLES
DID NOT INCLUDE BIBLE

"Apparently, the American
Legion Hates Jesus"

(Past Op-Ed By MRFF Senior Research Director, Chris Rodda)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

By: Chris Rodda | MRFF Senior Research Director
Date: July 19, 2016 | Updated December 6, 2017

According to the American Legion's official Chaplain's Manual, the items to be included in a POW/MIA table display consist of:

Small table covered with a white table cloth
1 plate, fork, knife, spoon, and napkin set up on the table
1 glass inverted
1 chair placed at plate setting
Vase with a single rose in it and a red ribbon tied onto the vase
Slice of lemon on the plate and salt sprinkled onto the plate
White candle in a holder, lit at the beginning of the ceremony
POW/MIA flag draped over another chair in front of table
Folded American Flag on the table

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So why is the Bible missing from the American Legion's list of POW/MIA table items? It's obviously not because the American Legion is an atheist organization, or an organization full of a special kind of low-lifes. So why doesn't the American Legion include a Bible among the table's items? Well, it's because the American Legion's version of the POW/MIA table display sticks very closely to the original POW/MIA table display as first created during the Vietnam era, and the original display did NOT include a Bible.

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INCOMING HATE!!!
MRFF DETRACTOR BLOGS ABOUT MIKEY/MRFF

Military Religious Freedom Foundation assaults POW/MIA table in Okinawa

Sunday, April 8, 2018


By: Jonn Lilyea | This ain't hell blog
Date: April 8, 2018

That hateful troll, Mikey Weinstein of the misnamed Military Religious Freedom Foundation has filed a complaint against U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa's POW/MIA table that displays a Bible, according to Stars & Stripes;

The complaint - addressed to Navy Medicine West commander Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen - demands the immediate removal of the Bible from the hospital galley display, the immediate removal of accompanying written materials that describe the United States as being "founded as one nation under God," a Japanese translation of these materials and an independent investigation into who put up the display, as well as "appropriate disciplinary measures" for those responsible.

The complainants include sailors, Marines and Department of Defense civilian employees stationed on the island, MRFF founder and president Mikey Weinstein said Friday.

I guess Mikey needs a new speedboat and his coffers are drying up.

Military Religious Freedom Foundation wants freedom FROM religion, not freedom OF religion. The 1st Amendment reads; Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof and as far as I know, Congress has not established a national religion and placing a Bible on a table doesn't hurt anyone. It especially doesn't hurt Mikey, since he's in New York and the table is thousands of miles away.

Mikey should be told to pound sand.

Click to read on Thisainthell.us


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Okinawa Evil Raises Question About Persecution & Irony
and You as a Jew

Sunday, April 8, 2018

From: [Name withheld]
Date: April 8, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

Now more of your evil? Because there is you and the MRFF hammering more nails into and piercing Jesus  With this Okinawa Bible nonsense.

Honestly do you think it’s just in your Jew blood or is it a learned Jew behavior?

I do not want you or anyone of your tribe to reply to me. Do not need more rudeness from loud and bad Jews.

This e-mail address will not accept replies.

I just wanted you to think about yourself and the nature of your Jewness.

*Click here to read responses from MRFF Advisory Board Members*

Click to read in MRFF's Inbox


Dickbag

Monday, April 9, 2018

From: [Name withheld]
Date: April 9, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

What's up dickbag. Sorry you took to many cocks up the ass during your time in the Air Force maybe next time you should join a real branch. I see your whole family for the last 3 generations have served between the Air Force and the Navy what kind of fags are y'all? Well go back to sucking your bags of dicks you silly cock boy and keep your head down never know when someone's coming for you bitch.

(name withheld)


Response by MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

Hi (name withheld),

Your pathetic message to Mikey is a sad reminder of how many incredibly stupid and terrified people there are out there.

We've heard from your type before, the kind of sad little dweebs who are so threatened about their own lack of manhood they beat their breasts and declare their homophobia in the most juvenile terms possible. You bring to mind Shakespeare's admonition about protesting too much.

We've dealt with your kind before, pal, and sadly will probably have to again. But in the off-chance you meant the threat about "someone's coming for you," do me a favor, will you? Stop and see me first.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)

Click to read in MRFF's Inbox


Re: U.S. Navy Investigation Sparked by MRFF's Demand to Remove Unconstitutional Christian Bible Display

Monday, April 9, 2018

From: [Name withheld]
Date: April 9, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

Pathetic, removing bibles and religion is why this country is in the shape and deteriation and it won’t change until people get back to the Bible and God, and if you don't like seeing the Bible than MOVE ON, Why should you be able to tromping on my rights to have GOD AND BIBLE THERE or Seen !

(name withheld)

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Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

Hi (name withheld),

I found your message a bit difficult to understand. What's quite clear, though, is that you are upset by what you take to be an attack on yourself or your rights. As you put it, "Why should you be able to trompingon my rights to have GOD AND BIBLE THERE or Seen?"

Let me quickly reassure you that no one here is interested in being "able to tromping on (your) rights." But even if we were given to that sort of "tromping," when did it become your right "to have GOD AND THE BIBLE THERE or SEEN?" And what, pray tell, does that mean anyway?

[...]

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Thank you letter

Monday April 9, 2018

From: [Name withheld]
Date: April 9, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

Dear Mr. Weinstein,

I am from a devout Christian family where my siblings and I attended religious school outside of our normal schooling.  I am quite comfortable with religion being discussed in most situations. In fact, it wasn't until I had a Jewish co-worker that I realized how often the Christian faith is assumed to be the belief system shared by everyone in the room.  

The military has sent me overseas.  Here I am surrounded by members of many faiths and many cultures.  Being from a relatively small town, this has been a culture shock. I couldn't be happier!  When I walk out the base gate, I'm confronted with a language I can barely understand or read (though I'm getting better).  No one outside the gates has asked me my religious beliefs, nor have they looked twice when I watched a religious service taking place at their temples and shrines.  

Here in Okinawa, a bible was displayed on the POW/MIA table in a galley frequented by local nationals.  You will rarely find a local national whose life, and the life of their families, wasn't affected by the war on Okinawa.  The local nationals are not all Christians, neither are all American prisoners of war and those missing in action. That table should stand for everyone.

Thank you so much for taking up the cause of protecting all religions, including my Christian faith.  Reading through your mail, I am not sure you get enough credit for that. I do not feel removing a Christian Bible from a POW/MIA table is in any way offensive, because I know that not every service member who didn't come home was a Christian.  

Sincerely,
(Name and all other ID Withheld)

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