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Chris Rodda is the Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), and the author of Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History.

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Wanted: ROTC Military Science Professor (No Non-Christians Need Apply)

(67) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 5:26 PM

"There's Army ROTC. Then There's Wheaton Army ROTC." That's the slogan used by Wheaton College, a well-known Christian college in Illinois, to promote its Army ROTC program. It turns out that the slogan couldn't be more true. Wheaton Army ROTC certainly is different -- in an egregiously unconstitutional way. As...

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US Air Force: God Has Already Decided Which DoD Contractors Will Get Contracts

(9) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Well, it seems that when it comes to who will be awarded defense contracts, the Air Force has a message for potential bidders -- God has already decided who will "prosper" and be given "hope and a future."

Over the past few days, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)...

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Mikey Weinstein Makes Students at Patrick Henry College Think -- School Deletes Video (UPDATED)

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 5:22 PM

On Friday, September 26, Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), appeared at a very unlikely venue -- Patrick Henry College (PHC).

For those unfamiliar with this institution of higher learning, PHC is a fundamentalist Christian college in Virginia, founded 14 years ago...

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Hobby Lobby Website Proudly Displays 'Jefferson' Quote (That Actually Came from Madison, and Completely Contradicts SCOTUS Ruling)

(80) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:48 PM

No, Hobby Lobby, that quote on your website is NOT from Thomas Jefferson! And, furthermore, the document it comes from -- which was written by James Madison -- is a list of some of the best arguments AGAINST that Supreme Court ruling that you and your fellow Christian supremacists are...

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National Day of Prayer 2014 Postmortem -- U.S. Military Endorses Calling its Commander-in-Chief the 'Abortion President'

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Last Thursday, despite being in violation of a plethora of its own regulations, the Department of Defense allowed a whole bunch of uniformed military personnel to participate in Shirley Dobson's National Day of Prayer Task Force event on Capitol Hill. As I wrote prior to the event, the

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No, Megyn Kelly, Mikey Weinstein Is NOT an Atheist

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:08 PM

As a former attorney, Fox News's Megyn Kelly should know full well what defamation is, and she should know full well that what she repeatedly said on last Thursday's episode of her show The Kelly File was indeed defamation.

Who is it that Ms. Kelly defamed? Mikey Weinstein, the founder...

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Pentagon to Join in 'One Voice United in Prayer' (On Separate Days in Separate Locations, Depending on Your Religion)

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Next Thursday, May 1, is the National Day of Prayer -- that abhorrently unconstitutional congressionally mandated day each year when our government tells us all that we should pray.

Now, the organization that I work for, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), is not trying to completely abolish the...

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Two Years Ago Today, the 'Least Credible History Book in Print' Was Published

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 6:02 PM

This post is an updated version of my post from this same date last year, which, not surprisingly, was titled "One Year Ago Today, the 'Least Credible History Book in Print' was Published."

(I am also once again giving away a free PDF version of one of my books,...

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MRFF Complains About Atheists Proselytizing at Air Force Academy? Surely Pigs Are Flying!

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Yes, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and its leader Mikey Weinstein are going after the Air Force Academy again.

This morning, MRFF was contacted by seven people at the Academy (four cadets, two faculty members, and one staff member; six of whom Christians) about an announcement made to...

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Liberty Institute's Kelly Shackelford Spreads 'Fear and Misinformation' at Air Force Academy Leadership Symposium

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:07 AM

On February 27 and 28, the Air Force Academy held its annual National Character & Leadership Symposium, an event described as "one of the nation's premier symposia in the field of character and leadership development." The speakers at this annual symposium include "distinguished scholars, military leaders, corporate executives, world-class...

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History According to Mike Huckabee: How a Book of Political Satire Saved Christmas

(21) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 5:12 PM

I initially started writing this post with the intent of posting it on Christmas, but since we lost the war on Christmas once again this year, I had to do all that stupid Christmas stuff like buying presents and spending time with family and friends and didn't have time to...

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Rep. Fleming: NDAA Religious Freedom Language Not a 'Touchdown' -- New Talking Points Needed

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Back in June, when the House passed its first version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the anti-gay crowd was doing a victory dance over the fact that the House version of the bill included Rep. John Fleming's (R-LA) so-called "religious freedom" amendment. If passed, the language of...

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Air Force Base Lights Menorah -- Too Little, Too Late

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Last Thursday night, Travis Air Force Base in California held its annual Christmas tree lighting. In a lame attempt to avoid complaints of not being religiously inclusive, a small menorah was included in the base's "holiday" display along with the tree and a nativity scene.

The photo below shows what...

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An $88,000 Piano for an Army Chapel? What Military Cutbacks?

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Apparently, military cutbacks don't apply to church music.

Sebastian Sprenger at Inside Defense reports that the Department of Defense has just spent $88,000 for a Steinway piano for a chapel at Fort Riley, Kansas, writing: "That's some church piano. What might have gone into the Army's decision to spend...

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MRFF Demands the Immediate Dismissal of 'Ex-Gay' Counselor from Air Force Academy

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 9:10 AM

As reported by the Colorado Springs Independent, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) today sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning demanding that Dr. Mike Rosebush be immediately dismissed from his position at the Air Force Academy.

The full article about Dr. Rosebush,...

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Emails to MRFF from Two Kinds of Christians -- Those Asking For Our Help vs. Those Who Believe the Lies About Us

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 2:21 PM

As the Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), I read a lot of emails that come into the foundation -- emails from supporters, from people asking for our help, and, of course, from detractors.

Because the overwhelming majority of MRFF's clients are Christians, most of...

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The Lies Used by Jay Sekulow to Defend an Oath Against Lying: An Open Letter to the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:08 PM

Last month, to issues regarding cadets at the Air Force Academy being forced to say "so help me God" when taking oaths came up.

The first, which got little media attention, was that cadets were sent an email telling them that if they did not say these words their...

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In the Interest of Historical Accuracy and Honesty, I Must Correct Myself

(4) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 7:36 PM

On Sunday morning, during an appearance on CNN's New Day, I made a statement that was incorrect, so, in the interest of historical accuracy and honesty, I need to issue a correction.

I was debating Ron Crews, the head of an organization called the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, on...

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To Swear or Not to Swear: The Founders' Original Intent for Military Oaths

(12) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:08 PM

Six years ago, when I first started working as a researcher for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), I assumed that the work I'd been doing debunking lies about American history and my research for my new "day job" at MRFF would be two completely separate things -- an...

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Poster Boy for Anti-Gay Campaign Against Military Religious Freedom Really Could Be Court-Martialed for This

(63) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 3:09 PM

On September 6, 2013, the Family Research Council (FRC) launched a petition to "Protect Sergeant Phillip Monk from Air Force Court Martial." Incredibly, just over a month later, on October 12, the very same organization paraded Sergeant Monk out at its Values Voter Summit, a political event in...

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