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

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

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.

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

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.

Op-Ed Is Wrong About Air Force Academy Cadets' Religious Rights

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) would like to specifically respond to and correct some of the egregiously erroneous stateme...

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

MRFF agrees with the Freethinkers Club that their group should be able to participate in S.P.I.R.E., but does not condone the manner in which these cadets chose to protest the Academy's refusal to recognize them as a S.P.I.R.E. group.

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

One of the speakers at this year's National Character & Leadership Symposium was Kelly Shackelford, the President & CEO of the Liberty Institute, which describes itself as "the largest legal organization dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America."

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

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.

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

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.

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

If service members so afraid of being "out" as Christians that they're afraid to even go church, then how can there be so many service members attending worship services that the military needs to build mega-church size chapels to accommodate the large crowds?

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Rodda

As reported by the Colorado Springs Independent, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) today sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air F...

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Optionally adding the words "so help me God" is, of course, anyone's right. These words, however, should not be a part of the official oath, where they inevitably lead to situations in which cadets are forced or coerced to say them.

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The founders who wrote the first military oath under the Constitution in 1789 did not include the words "So help me God," so their intent was obviously that these words not be part of the oath.

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

In the two years since the repeal of DADT, none of the dire predictions pushed by the anti-gay fundamentalist crowd that this would be the end of civilization as we know it have come true, so they're now having to invent problems in order to be able to say "we told you so."

Pentagon Leaders Met with Collaborator of Preacher who Proposed 'Military Takeover' of the Government

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

As has been widely reported over the last few days, Rick Joyner, the head of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries, has proposed a "military takeover" and "martial law" as the only hope to prevent the "serious tyranny" that we're headed for under the Obama administration.

Tea Party Republican -- Linked Religious Right Leader Calls for 'Military Takeover'

Bruce Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

In his call for a "military takeover" and "martial law," because the nation has been so allegedly "undermined," Rick Joyner omitted several relevant aspects.

Pentagon Assures Anti-Religious-Freedom Coalition That Rumor They Started Isn't True!

Chris Rodda | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

The primary mission of this so-called "religious freedom" coalition is to protect the "right" of anti-gay Christians in the military to continue to discriminate against and harass LGB service members in a post-DADT and post-DOMA military.

West Point's Miracle on the Hudson

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi Ready for a good news story? As this letter of gratitude ...

The United States Marine Corps Officially Declares 'Lack of Spiritual Faith' as a Sign of Instability

Blake Page | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Blake Page

"Lack or loss of spiritual faith" is included in a list of risk indicators for use by "leaders at all levels" to "identify and address risky behavior or events that may lead to risky behavior, as soon as possible."

Who's Really Protecting Religious Freedom for Military Catholics, the Catholic League or MRFF?

Chris Rodda | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Since the repeal of DADT, the stakes in the battle over religious freedom for our men and women in uniform have become much higher, and as the stakes have gotten higher, the lies have gotten bigger.

Of DOMA, Defense, Duplicity, and Diligence

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Let freedom ring! It rang so loudly and clearly on June 26, 2013 at this nation's Supreme Court. It sounded a death knell for blatant oppressors. But ...

MRFF Fully Supports Congressman Tim Huelskamp's 'Meetings with Respect to Religious Liberty' Amendment

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Despite Congressman Huelskamp's blatant admission that the sole target of his amendment is Mikey Weinstein, this amendment, should it be signed into law, would to apply to everyone -- not just to the object of Huelskamp's affectations.

The Pentagon Most Certainly is Listening to Mikey Weinstein

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

For an undetermined number of years, adorning a wall in the Wagon Wheel dining hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho was an inspirational piec...

Congressman Who Fell for Onion Story Still Hasn't Learned to Check His Facts

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

It seems that Congressman Fleming's ability to separate fact from fiction hasn't improved much in the past year. The stories he's now believing might not come from The Onion, but the headlines are just as far-fetched and the stories just as fictitious.

Pseudo-Historian Who Compares Obama to Hitler Invited to Speak at Army Prayer Breakfast

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Yeah, I'm talking about everybody's favorite Christian nationalist history revisionist David Barton. It seems this paragon of lies and propaganda has been invited to speak at the Annual National Prayer Breakfast at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Chuck Norris: A Bar of Soap and a Box of Rocks

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The perpetual tug-of-war that Chuck Norris and I are party to is nothing less than a life and death fight for the heart and soul of not only the U.S. Military, but also our nation itself and, ultimately, the world.

An Open Letter to the Commander of the United States Air Force

Edith A. Disler | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Edith A. Disler

I wore Air Force blue for 34 years as a cadet and as an Air Force officer. I was as proud of that blue uniform as I was of the oath I swore to the Constitution. But that devotion to mission and professionalism didn't mean I was an automaton.