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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation on Christian Extremism in the U.S. Armed Forces

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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) was founded by Mikey Weinstein in 2006 and “is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the US 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.”

Nominated twice for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, MRFF represents approximately 20,000 service members who have experienced a disturbing proselytizing campaign from their evangelical Christian superiors. A majority of those servicemen and women are Christians. In a 2007 interview, Weinstein described some cases. Here's one:

"An army private from Fort Bragg contacted me when he was going through basic training. When he signed up, they asked him his religious denomination and he said Christian, but they identified him as not being fundamentalist enough Christian, and they punished him by putting 'none' on his dog tags. When he got to Afghanistan, the commander said that the blessings of the Lord Jesus would not be on the unit unless everyone were evangelical, and since he would not convert, this 20-year-old private would be responsible for the deaths and injuries the unit might suffer.

We'll hear about the alarming trends that MRFF is seeing and the character of the Christian dominionists behind them. Joining us will be Chris Rodda, MRFF's Senior Research Director and Leah Burton, MRFF Board Member. Mikey Weinstein has been "called to duty" to defend Air Force cadets, but he will try to be on the show for 10-15 minutes.

Visit the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for more information. MRFF desperately needs contributions, so please consider giving a tax deductible donation for this important cause.