Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Standing for Religious Freedom

The United States Air Force’s recently released revised guidelines for religious expression convinces me that creation of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation
(www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org) comes none too soon. The battle for religious freedom for members of the United States Armed Forces has been joined. We do not intend to back down or in any way lose this important struggle.

 

My guess is that if you’re reading this blog you found your way to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation out of concern for our cause. Why not let others know about how the military too often rides roughshod over one of our most cherished American freedoms – from of religion. We need all the help we can muster.

 

Evangelical Christians are like everybody else; by and large they’re good people and good Americans. But let’s face it: there are some who believe their faith should be the American standard. Unfortunately, some are in positions of authority in the military and in politics.

 

The MRFF disagrees with their intentions. Keep checking in with this Website to stay abreast of developments as we fight for the rights of non-evangelical Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and those who follow no religion.

 

 

n      Mikey Weinstein

n      mikey@militaryreligiousfreedom.org

 

8 Comments:

Blogger Lisa said...

Glad you're here!

6:55 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Right on Mikey!!!! Thanks to everyone on the board and keep fighting the good fight!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Psych1 said...

Please check the email I sent to the site @info.

I'm with you on this because I agree this is needed and worth doing. But I'm not at all optimistic about a good outcome. I honestly believe that those strongly on the other side of this are crazy, and, dangerous. Taking them on is putting yourself at risk.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Caseymarc4 said...

Site looks great dad, I am so proud!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Sunfell said...

Thank you very much for creating both the MRFF and this blog. I am a USAF veteran, and a Pagan, and was very aware of the influx and influence of aggressive Evangelical Christian belief in the service- even before the stuff at the Academy came up. Since then, I've been following the developments there very closely, as well as the influence of aggressive Christian evangelism in the other services.

I plan to list these sites on both Talk to Action, and a new Wiki devoted to the Religious Right. It is good to know that there is another ally in the battle to keep religious freedom truly free. I've been writing about my own experiences and the alarming influx of evangelical and even theocratic influence in the military, so it it good to have another voice in the chorus. We must push back.

Best of luck to you.

6:19 AM  
Blogger mludi said...

Long overdue! When I came through OTS in 1984, a BGen stood on stage and told us how important being a Christian was to military service. I was astounded, both at what he said and the non-reaction of my prior service friends. Since then, the brazenness of Christian prosyletizing has only increased. It's detrimental to the good discipline of those who feel coerced by leaders' public religious views and the implied messages those send. But it's also detrimental to good discipline of the folks who believe that their religion trumps their oaths of service. Last, it shames the majority of Christians, who understand what "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's" means.

9:38 AM  
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9:38 AM  
Blogger D J Seifert said...

Let's face it, the church of Jesus Christ--if it is to be intellectually honest--cannot align itself too closely with an organization that uses violence to solve problems--the wrongs in our world and with thier "ememies". We must truly work at being "peacemakers" (certainly harder work and more daring than going off to war). They must critically ask, how they might love thier enemies (a brave and risky path). For this reason, the existence of a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ is incompatible with military service.

10:22 AM  

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