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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.

No, Megyn Kelly, Mikey Weinstein Is NOT an Atheist

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.30.2014 | Media
Chris Rodda

While I'm sure that people like the Dobsons are thrilled to have someone as influential as yourself to give them a platform for the hatred, bigotry, and lawlessness that they espouse, those of us who believe in true religious freedom find your venomous influence over so many of our fellow Americans to be quite disturbing.

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...

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.

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...

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

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.

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.

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.

Military Gays Make Strange Bedfellows

Chris Rodda | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

As the old saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows, and one of the big political issues currently making these strange bedfellows is the issue of gays in the military.

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.

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.

The Rapture Came on Groundhog Day: News of Pentagon Meeting Prompts a New Threat of Armageddon

Blake Page | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Blake Page

Perhaps you've heard the rumor going around that the military is discriminating against Christians. Perhaps you think there are new regulations, or new policies, or someone being court marshaled for their beliefs.

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

Applause for the Moral Paupers?

Blake Page | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Blake Page

Although there is much praise due to those who posses the courage to face physical danger for the benefit of others, the trait of physical courage does not translate directly into moral courage.

Religion in the Military: It's 'Tradition'

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

That always seems to be the justification for any government promotion of a religious practice, both in the military and elsewhere: It's "tradition" -- and tradition trumps constitutionality. But how traditional are practices like this religious flag folding ceremony? Well, often not very.

Needy Airmen Receive Free 'Turkeys for Christ' From Law-Breaking Evangelical Slaughterhouse

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business
Chris Rodda

In spite of having no regard for federal laws, House of Raeford has received nearly $100 million in government contracts from the Department of Agriculture from the Department of Agriculture from 2006 to 2012.

Hey General Petraeus, How's That 'Spiritual Fitness' Stuff Working For You?

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

I hate hypocrites. And the first word that came to mind when I heard about David Petraeus's extramarital affair was "hypocrite."

Evolution in the Chaplain Corps?

Mike Farrell | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Mike Farrell

Today, a huge percentage of our military chaplains present themselves as fevered salesmen for a fundamentalist version of Christianity rather than as simple, caring souls with a willingness to listen and no attached quid pro quo.