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Religion in the Military

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

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 decid...

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Mikey Weinstein being invited to be a guest as part of this PHC interview series was somewhat surprising to those of us at MRFF, but Mikey is always up for a "challenge," so he gladly accepted Dr. Olasky's invitation into the lion's den.

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.

Army Stands Behind 'Searingly Sectarian' Prayer Event Despite Outcry Over Evangelical Ties

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

Army officials have refused to withdraw from a May 1 Capitol Hill prayer session that critics said could be seen as an endorsement of “searingly sec...

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.

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?

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.

This Is What Our Military Looks Like

Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

There are 1.5 million men and women who are actively serving the United States in uniform, and veterans make up many times that number. The U.S. Arme...

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.

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

Chris Rodda | Posted 12.30.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

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.

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.

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.

Congress Members Want Military Gays to be Free to Mock Christians

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Yeah, right. Now go back and read this post reversing Christians and gays because that, of course, is what Rep. Fleming's amendment will do.

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.

How To Fundraise Using Half Truths And Lies: Lessons From The Family Research Council

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Apparently, the biblical admonition that "you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" has been cast aside by the FRC. As a Christian, I am indignant and embarrassed.

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 First Casualty Of Religious Wars Is Truth

Tom Carpenter | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Over the past decades, conservative Christians have had almost full reign within the military, and they disproportionally make up most of the Chaplaincy. In the last several years, though, there has been closer scrutiny of the conduct of certain chaplains and commanders who have used their positions to advance their own religious beliefs.