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Wednesday, December 28, 2016


MRFF's SENIOR RESEARCH DIRECTOR CHRIS RODDA's LATEST OP-ED ON HUFFINGTON POST

Gay-Bashing Chaplain Endorsers Admit that the Military Chaplaincy is Disproportionately Anti-LGBT

In a 2011 article titled "Military chaplains are faith mismatch for personnel they serve," the St. Louis Post Dispatch noted: "While just 3 percent of the military's enlisted personnel and officers call themselves Southern Baptist, Pentecostal or a member of a denomination that's part of the National Association of Evangelicals, 33 percent of chaplains in the military are members of one of those groups." The article further predicted that this "disparity could soon widen." And widen it has.

Several months ago, I wrote about an event hosted by the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL), a coalition of fundamentalist Christian military chaplain endorsers. (Chaplain endorsers, formally called "Ecclesiastical Endorsing Agents," are the individuals who represent their religion or religious denomination to certify to the military that a chaplain of their religion or denomination meets the educational and other qualifications required to be a military chaplain. Without an endorsement from a government-approved chaplain endorser, a chaplain cannot serve in the military.) My reason for writing about that particular CARL event was to explain why the Air Force's chief of chaplains, Maj. Gen. Dondi Costin, was in violation of military regulations not only for attending this private organization's event in uniform, but actually participating in it and literally blessing the virulently anti-LGBT message of CARL and its member endorsers by delivering the event's closing benediction. [...]

Click to read on The Huffington Post

 


Background on USAF Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Dondi Costin's Blatant Violation

Friday, November 11, 2016

DUE TO MRFF's DEMAND LETTER, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSPECTOR GENERAL REOPENS INVESTIGATION OF BLATANT CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION BY
MAJ. GEN. COSTIN

MRFF's Lawyer Donald G. Rehkopf, Jr. Sends MRFF's Demand Letter to Department of Defense Inspector General Over Maj. Gen. Costin's Clear Disregard for the Law

Demand Letter from MRFF's Lawyer Donald G. Rehkopf, Jr. to Department of Defense Inspector General Glenn A. Fine

Sent Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Click to read entire demand letter


AIR FORCE TIMES FEATURES MRFF AS TOP HEADLINE ON HOMEPAGE

DoD IG takes a second look at complaint against the Air Force's
2-star chief of chaplains

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Air Force Inspector General's Office has found that Maj. Gen. (Chaplain) Dondi Costin, the service's chief of chaplains, did not act improperly when he appeared in uniform at a July event sponsored by the Chaplain Alliance for Military Liberty. 

But the matter may not end there as the Defense Department's IG takes a second look. 

The two-star delivered the benediction July 12 at an event in which outgoing Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., was presented with the alliance's Torchbearer Award. 

That caught the attention of Mikey Weinstein, president and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, who demanded an investigation into the chaplain's actions by the Defense Department Office of the Inspector General. [...]

Click to read on Air Force Times



More Background on USAF Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Dondi Costin's Blatant Violation

Click to read

 



"Resolve & Reflect Moral Behavior
For the New Year"

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Human morality is composed of benevolent behavior actually lived – not having bewildering beliefs based on religious hearsay. Moral living requires hard work with effort, whereas accepting archaic religious claims requires only convenient conformance without effort. World philosophers beginning with Socrates have long maintained that morality is autonomous. In their words, we must do our moral thinking and living for ourselves.

World history confirms the three Abrahamic revealed religions preferred behavior over beliefs. Old Testament Judaism emphasized righteous behavior not right beliefs. Jesus of New Testament Christianity taught compassionate behavior not correct beliefs. Muhammad in the Islamic Quran commanded faithful behavior not false beliefs. [...]

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Mikey: you were hazed not because of Judaism but because you were a disgusting little PRICK!

On Dec 13, 2016, at 6:27 PM, (name withheld) wrote:

Mikey: you were hazed not because of Judaism but because you were a disgusting little PRICK!

Thank you.
(name withheld)

Response by MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell:

Hi (name withheld),

We get a lot of moronic email, some of it just stupid and ugly, some of it truly awful in its bigotry and cowardice, some of it actually threatening, but finally all of it simply comes down to exposing the cruelty people with weak minds, small, sad hearts and very little understanding of their own beliefs, let alone their place in the world, are capable of.

On my personal scale I'd give yours about a C-minus.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


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