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Thursday, August 9, 2018

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AMERICANS UNITED (AU)
JOINS FORCES WITH MRFF,
BACKS BIBLE REPLACEMENT
AT F.E. WARREN MIA TABLE



Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

AU PRESS RELEASE
PUBLICALY SUPPORTS MRFF & APPLAUDS F.E. WARREN COMMANDER's DEDICATION TO RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Aug 08, 2018 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson urging them to support a Wyoming Air Force base commander’s efforts to ensure religious tolerance.

Col. Stacey J. Huser, commander of F.E. Warren Air Force Base, ordered a Bible removed from the base's Missing Man Table – a display often erected at military bases during special occasions to honor fallen, missing or imprisoned servicemembers – after receiving a complaint from Mikey Weinstein at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation on behalf of 36 base officers and enlisted personnel.

Huser had the Bible replaced with a book containing prayers from a variety of faiths as well as blank pages to represent those who are nonreligious. She is now being attacked by the Family Research Council, a Washington, D.C.-based Religious Right group, and other organizations, which are demanding that the Bible be used on the table instead.

"Col. Huser did the right thing," said Americans United President and CEO Rachel Laser. "Our military is diverse, and Col. Huser's decision to replace the Bible with a book that respects all faiths and the nonreligious was an elegant solution. She deserves to be applauded, not assailed."

AU's letter, written by Legal Director Richard B. Katskee, Associate Legal Director Alex J. Luchenitser and Staff Attorney Ian Smith, explains that display of the Bible violates both the First Amendment and Air Force regulations.

"The men and women of the armed forces derive spiritual strength from many different texts, and servicemembers belong to a diversity of faiths, including no faith at all," observes the letter. "The use of one religion’s holy book to represent the 'spiritual strength and faith' of all thus endorses the beliefs of some while relegating all others to second-class status. That the Constitution forbids."

Concludes the letter, "Please do not overturn Col. Huser's actions in this matter. Removal of the Bible from the Missing Man Table was required under the law."

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

*(bold text added by MRFF editor for emphasis)

Click to read press release on AU.org


AU ATTORNEYS LETTER TO JAMES MATTIS URGES THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO UPHOLD LAW

AU asserts MRFF's "removal of the Bible from the Missing Man Table was required under the law..."

"Re: F.E. Warren Air Force Base Missing Man Table"

Wednesday, August 8, 2018



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BACKGROUND:

MRFF's Recent
Bible Removal/Replacement
Victory at F.E. Warren

7/31/2018 – Family Research Council Makes Outrageous Claim!

7/24/18 – Fox News' Huckabee Joins Starnes in the Fundamentalist Evangelical Charge, Imploring Trump to Stop MRFF's Activism!

7/20/18 – President Trump Called Upon By Todd Starnes of Fox News to Shut Down MRFF

7/18/2018 – MRFF Momentum Results In SECOND Bible Removal VICTORY In Two Days!


 FOX NEWS' SHANNON BREAM, & MRFF NEMESIS/FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL's JERRY BOYKIN, DISCUSS MIKEY WEINSTEIN QUOTE

Monday, August 6, 2018

Click to watch segment from Fox News Night with Shannon Bream (02:15 min duration)


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"lake of fire forever"

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

From: (name withheld)
Subject: lake of fire forever
Date: August 7, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

Your nigger buddy boy african muslim obama is long gone mickey. And you still making jew trouble for christians in the service will soon be at an end thanks to our President Trump!

Jesus will not put the names of your loved ones into the book of life you commie jew. And you and your family and followers will be cast into the lake of fire forever.  (Revelation 20:15)

(name withheld)

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Christian Rev. and MRFF Supporter
Offers Context on Common Assertion

"USA Founded on
Christian Principles"

Monday, August 6, 2018

On Aug 5, 2018, at 3:52 PM, Rev Bob Lawrence  wrote:

I was reading the latest MRFF newsletter and couldn't help but notice the oft-repeated statement, "This country was founded on Christian principles." As an ordained minister in the denomination that traces its roots to the Pilgrims, I must concur with those who make that assertion. However, almost all such persons are using that statement incorrectly and out of historical context. Our nation was founded on many principles, but one of the foremost was Christ's radically inclusive message that invited everyone (tax collectors, prostitutes, non-believers, even the man who would turn him over to be executed) to sit at the table. In other words, we were founded on the Christian principle that ALL are welcome, but we were intentionally and specifically NOT founded as a nation of Christians. The founders of this great nation had every opportunity to state an allegiance to Christ, or even God, in our Constitution. Instead, the only time any matter of faith is even mentioned is in Article 6, which states (in part), "... no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." Those are in no way the words of people who wished to establish this as a nation of Christians.

May these words help to inspire and encourage your noble work.

Rev Bob Lawrence
Tulsa, OK

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