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Chris Rodda
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.

Entries by Chris Rodda

No, U.S. Air Force, There Is No Separation Between Standup Comedy and State

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Last week, the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) released a report of its investigation "into the compliance by the Armed Forces with the elements of such regulations on adverse personnel actions, discrimination, or denials of promotion, schooling, training, or assignment for members of the Armed Forces based...

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Who Called It 'Spiritual Rape' to Force Your Religion on Others? The Answer Might Surprise You.

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 9:10 AM

Over the past two years, the term "spiritual rape," used by Mikey Weinstein to describe the unwanted and aggressive proselytizing of members of our military, has become one of the most popular go-to quotes in the world of fundamentalist Christian websites, the right-wing media -- and even in Congress --...

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So, Who Should We Listen To -- Shirley Dobson or Norman Schwarzkopf?

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 12:27 PM

Well, another one of Shirley Dobson's big National Day of Prayer shindigs has come and gone, with all the same regulation-violating military participation as last year and the year before that and the year before that. As usual, they had their Army band, military color guard, and speakers that included...

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Air Force Promotes Ministry that Forces Poor to be Evangelized to Receive Medical Care

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 8:16 AM

According to the mission statement page on the T.I.M.E. for Christ Medical Ministries website:

"Our medical caravan is just the beginning. Our real purpose is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Mexico. ... The caravan draws the people in and while the people stand...

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No, U.S. Air Force Band, That Song You're Singing Is Not 'Greensleeves'

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:52 PM

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Air Force band has surprised a crowd of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum visitors with a "holiday flash mob," wowing an unsuspecting audience with over 100 Air Force Band instrumentalists and vocalists appearing out of nowhere and performing the most...

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

(67) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 4:26 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

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 3:07 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)

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 4:22 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)

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:48 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 | 2:44 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

(114) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:08 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)

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 4:34 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 | 5:02 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 | 4:45 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 | 10:07 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 | 4:12 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 | 2:10 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 | 12:35 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 | 12:30 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 | 8:10 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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