When devout fundamentalist Christians find their evangelism thwarted, all hell can break loose—along with some surprisingly nasty language.
By Valerie Tarico, Valerie Tarico’s Blog|truthout
Bonnie Weinstein is married to Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which brings a special set of challenges to their relationship. The mission of MRFF is „to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.“ Some people don’t like that.
They don’t like it because ensuring religious freedom in the military means among other things that:
- No religion or religious philosophy may be advanced by the United States Armed Forces over any other religion or religious philosophy.
- No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to conform to a particular religion or religious philosophy.
- No member of the military may be compelled to endure unwanted religious proselytization, evangelization or persuasion of any sort in a military setting and/or by a military superior or civilian employee of the military.
- The full exercise of religious freedom includes the right not to subscribe to any particular religion or religious philosophy. The so-called „unchurched“ cede no Constitutional rights by want of their separation from organized faith.
Why MRFF is Needed
Mikey Weinstein founded MRFF in response to rampant violations of these principles by Evangelicals and other „Great Commission“ Christians at the United States Air Force Academy, where their two sons (both Jewish) and future daughter-in-law and son-in law (both Christians) were cadets and, like Mikey, later graduates.