Cotto & Co. w/ Capt. M.L. Weinstein, Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Cotto and Co. July 20
Cotto and Co. July 20

OCALA, Fla., July 17, 2014 — The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is one of America’s most powerful legal action groups. It was formed to defend military personnel from religious discrimination brought about by, for the most part, fundamentalist Christians.

The MRFF’s leader, Capt. Michael L. Weinstein, has generated extreme controversy. A retired Air Force Judge Advocate General who served in the Reagan Administration, he often finds himself in the sights of major Religious Right organizations and personalities. Their attacks on him have gone far beyond the professional, and certain news outlets sometimes join in the fray.

All of this makes it very difficult to identify facts about the MRFF and its work. Just what exactly is going on?

Some claim that the MRFF clamps down on the rights of Christians who wish to do nothing more than express their religious beliefs around others. The Foundation has been subject to highly critical coverage from right-leaning media outlets. What can be said about their interpretations of the Foundation’s work? At any rate, it seems that religious proselytization isn’t just a serious issue facing the military today, but one which has been lurking among shadows for some time. Why does offensive theological rhetoric surface so often among military personnel?

Weinstein shares his views about all of this and more.

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  • WheresCommonSense

    I’m sure “Mikey” understands the importance of choice of words seeing he was a lawyer at one time. What I don’t understand is his total lack of understanding of the U.S. Constitution and he must have slept through that class in law school. Anyone who reads the Constitution even once knows there is no such “separation of church and state” clause in it. No where. Yet Mikey takes the stance his organization is, “dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of both freedom of religion and freedom from religion, to which they and all Americans are entitled.” H-E-L-L-O, read the Constitution. Mikey even posted the exact words on his website – “Congress shall make no law respecting establishment of religion or prohibiting free exercise thereof.” If the AFA displays a religious symbol, they can do that. Congress didn’t make a law about it and the Constitution protects the Academy’s free exercise to do so. If the Air Force wants to include the word “God” in an oath, they are “free” to do so. The Constitution guarantees that. Mikey needs to stop interpreting this specific document to suit his personal vendetta against the US Armed Forces; it only makes him look ignorant and petty. Perhaps the vast majority already know this given the lack of comments to most of the articles posted.