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Thursday, April 12, 2018


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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
References Mikey/MRFF!
Cites Pompeo's Abysmal Track Record of Islamophobic,

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Sen. Shaheen, of New Hampshire, shared a longer segment of the video
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Transcript Of Pompeo Hearing Where Sen. Shaheen Cites MRFF

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Transcribed by: Chris Rodda | MRFF Senior Research DirectorDate: Thursday, April 12, 2018

SEN. SHAHEEN: In response to Senator Rubio, you talked about the importance of defending human rights as Secretary of State, and certainly as Secretary of State you would be this country's top diplomat recognizing America's values in support of diversity and inclusion, and yet, during your tenure in Congress you've made statements that have been described as anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT rights. So, how would you, as Secretary of State, reconcile those positions and statements that you've taken in Congress with the need to represent America's values and defend human rights?

POMPEO: Senator, I appreciate the question. Look at my record. Not just these past fifteen months. There were the same questions when I was to be confirmed as the CIA Director. As the CIA Director I have honored and valued every single CIA officer, regardless of race, color - you pick it - gender, sexual orientation. I've treated every one of our officers with dignity and respect. I've promoted them when they deserve it. I've held them accountable when they deserve that as well. I promise you that I'll do that as the Secretary of State.

SEN. SHAHEEN: And I appreciate those sentiments. And I appreciated your comments in your testimonies saying that you would support the State Department's workforce, that it be as diverse in every sense of the word - race, religion, background, and more. And yet you were criticized at the CVIA for undermining policies of the previous administration to improve diversity at the CIA.

POMPEO: Ma'am, I don't know the criticism that you're referring to. I have to tell you that I didn't undermine a single policy. We've emphasized it; we've talked about it; we've worked on it. I think - I'm proud of the work I did to continue to develop and increase the capacity of the CIA to deliver a diverse workforce to meet the challenges - the intelligence challenges in that case around the world.

SEN. SHAHEEN: Well, I would just say, Michael Weinstein, who is a former Air Force officer who founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, says that he has been seeing increasing complaints from those inside the intelligence community under your leadership. So, I think there have been a number of concerns raised.

POMPEO: Ma'am, ma'am, if I might -


POMPEO: The number of - we call them 'no fear complaints' - the statutory requirement - decreased from 2016 to 2017 by 40 percent.


POMPEO: And I'm proud of that. It's not enough. Whatever the final tally was was too many. But I'm proud of the record - not just - I don't want to take full credit for that. The work that my team has done on this I'm incredibly proud of. I supported their efforts and I will do it the same - I will be it [sic] the same way if I'm confirmed as the Secretary of State.

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Pompeo's Response to Sen. Shaheen Rebuking MRFF's
Claim: A Cop Out!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

By: Mikey Weinstein | MRFF
Date: April 12, 2018

Pompeo smugly retorts that the CIA has had 40% less "no fear complaints" over the past year.

Pompeo's response is not "good." While at face value, Pompeo's flaunting of a decrease in "no fear complaints" might seem promising, MRFF asserts a decrease in complaints represents something much more sinister.

The Trump regime is SCARY for minorities. Muslims and transgender servicemembers, - MRFF clients- are SCARED to follow through issuing complaints through the official channels. There are repercussions for those lacking the "right" religious beliefs.

The idea of there being "No Fear Complaints" is hilariously naive. A deer doesn't "complain" to a mountain lion.

A decrease in the percentage of "complaints" doesn't mean less bigotry. It could just as well mean MORE bigotry...bigotry endorsed by those in power.

MRFF is separate from the Government, we keep the Government in check and uphold the Constitution.

People facing religious discrimination in the Department of Defense and associated intelligence agencies come to MRFF because they have "faith" in our ability to defend their civil rights. Since the Trump administration took power, MRFF has seen a drastic increase in complaints. Hmmm.. Food for thought..


The Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Statement on
Pompeo as Secretary of State:

Monday, March 19, 2018

By: Mikey Weinstein | MRFF President & Founder
Date: March 19, 2018

As Founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), I am disgusted, yet again, by our grossly negligent and disgraceful "Caligula in Chief," this time for picking Mike Pompeo, an unabashedly fundamentalist evangelical to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.


MRFF and I are far more concerned with Trump's ravenous, manipulative, and increasingly dominionist, fundamentalist evangelical "pack."


Mike Pompeo will join the ranks of other hard-core fundamentalist evangelicals like Sessions, Devos and Perry… the list goes on. We are dealing with a governmental conflict of interest of Jehovian magnitude. Trump is simply surrounded by a tumultuous sea of faith-based advisors while he blindly barks out orders on his own island of blissful and willful ignorance. Who in Trump's camp is protecting the First Amendment?

Pompeo is explicitly Islamophobic. He sees the war on terrorism as akin to a holy war and remarked that terrorists will "continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ is our savior [sic] is truly the only solution for our world." Pompeo appears a proponent of the biblical apocalyptic "rapture," and MRFF's fear is that his appointment is yet a closer step towards allowing dominionist fundamentalist elements the opportunity to invoke biblical ideology as a means to initiate a "holy war" with the middle east.


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"Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick for secretary of state, talks about politics as a battle of
good and evil"

Thursday, March 15, 2018

By: Tara Isabella Burton | Vox
Date: March 15, 2018


That Pompeo is an evangelical Christian is, on its face, not particularly notable; 25 percent of Americans are. But Pompeo's specific brand of evangelical Christianity, with its insistence on seeing Muslim-Christian relations as an apocalyptic holy war, makes him an unnerving choice for such a senior foreign policy position.


Since Trump's election, the evangelical wing of the military seems to be getting stronger. Complaints to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog group preserving religious liberty in the military, have doubled since November 2016, with members of non-evangelical faiths protesting the increasingly central role of evangelicalism in the military.

Pompeo's defenders rightly point out that Pompeo, like any person of faith, is entitled to practice his faith while in office. But a vision of the relationship between America and the Islamic world as, fundamentally, a relationship between good and evil is at odds with the very nature of the secretary of state's office.


Click to read on Vox


"Trump Effect Inspires Radical Christians In Military"

Monday, May 22, 2017

By: Nina Burleigh | Newsweek
Date: May 22, 2017

Donald Trump's election has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelizing and religious bigotry in the U.S. armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a "national security threat," according to information shared exclusively with Newsweek by an organization that represents and advocates for secular and minority religious views in the military.

The number of complaints from servicemen and -women in the Army, Air Force, Marines and other service branches to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has doubled in number since November 2016, according to lawyer Michael "Mikey" Weinstein, a former Air Force officer who founded the organization.


"With the advent of Trump as the commander in chief of our armed forces, MRFF has experienced a massive influx of new military and civilian personnel complaints of religion-based prejudice and bigotry, most of them coming from non-fundamentalist Christians being persecuted by their military superiors for not being 'Christian enough,'" Weinstein tells Newsweek.


Click to read on Newsweek

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