Mikey Weinstein, MRFF

Mikey Weinstein, MRFF The Military Religious Freedom Foundation fights to protect the Constitutional separation of church and state in the U.S. military: http://www.MRFF.org
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Mikey Weinstein is the undisputed leader of the national movement to restore the obliterated wall separating church and state in the most technologically lethal organization ever created by humankind: the United States armed forces. Described by Harper’s magazine as “the constitutional conscience of the U.S. military, a man determined to force accountability”, Mikey’s family has a long and distinguished U.S. military history spanning three consecutive generations of military academy graduates and over 130 years of combined active duty military service in every major combat engagement our country has been in from World War I to the current Global War on Terror. Mikey is a 1977 Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Mikey has been married for over 36 years to his wife, Bonnie. He is the proud parent of two sons and one daughter. His oldest son and daughter-in-law are 2004 Graduates, Mikey’s youngest son graduated in the Class of 2007, and his son-in-law is a 2010 graduate from the Air Force Academy. Seven total members of Mikey’s family have attended the Academy. His father is a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Mikey served for more than 10 years with the Judge Advocate General (“JAG”) Corps. A registered Republican, he also spent over three years in the West Wing of the Reagan Administration as legal counsel in the White House. In his final position there, Mikey was named the Committee Management Officer of the much-publicized Iran-Contra Investigation in his capacity as Assistant General Counsel of The White House Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President of the United States. Mikey has held numerous positions in corporate America as a senior executive businessman and attorney. After stints at prominent law firms in both New York City and Washington D.C., Mikey served as the first General Counsel to Texas billionaire and two-time Presidential candidate H. Ross Perot and Perot Systems Corporation. He left Mr. Perot’s employ in 2006 to focus his fulltime attention on the nonprofit charitable foundation he founded to directly battle the far-right militant radical evangelical religious fundamentalists: the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. (http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org) Mikey has appeared innumerable times on all of the major cable and terrestrial TV news networks and is a frequent guest on national radio networks as well. His constitutional activism has been covered and profiled extensively in the print media including the Associated Press, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, the Denver Post, The Guardian, and many other national and international newspapers and periodicals including Time magazine. St. Martins Press in New York released Mikey’s book, “With God On Our Side: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military” in October 2006. The paperback version was released in February 2008 with the Foreword being written by Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV. The book is an expose on the systemic problem of religious intolerance throughout the United States armed forces. At this time, Mikey also made his international film debut in the Hollywood adaptation of James Carroll’s New York Times best selling book detailing the 2,000 year bloody history between the Church and the Jews, entitled “Constantine’s Sword”, and directed by Oscar nominee Oren Jacoby. In January, 2012, Mikey’s latest book “No Snowflake in an Avalanche: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, its Battle to Defend the Constitution, and One Family’s Courageous War Against Religious Extremism in High Places” was released. It details MRFF’s prominent case studies, struggles, and the violent reactions to MRFF advocacy. Mikey was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in America by the Forward, one of the nation’s preeminent Jewish publications. He also has received a nomination for the JFK’s Profile in Courage Award and received the Buzzflash Wings of Justice Award. In addition Mikey was honored by a distinguished civil rights organization, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, with the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk-Taker Award for those who have taken risks in the pursuit of justice. In December 2012, Defense News named Mikey one of the 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense. As a distinguished “Opinion shaper” exercising a hard-fought influence over the U.S. Armed Forces, Mikey’s influence has been recognized as exceeding that of former General David Petraeus himself by a publication that represents “the world’s biggest military newsroom.” Defense News is a Gannett publication – as are USA Today, The Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press, The Indianapolis Star, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and many other prominent newspapers across the nation. Gannett Government Media consists of Defense News, Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times, Armed Forces Journal and Federal Times. Reviled by the radical fundamentalist Christian far-right, Mikey has been given many names by his enemies including “Satan”, “Satan’s lawyer”, “the Antichrist”, “That Godless, Secular Leftist”, “Antagonizer of All Christians”, “Most Dangerous Man in America” and “Field General of the Godless Armies of Satan”. On November 7, 2011, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State presented Mikey Weinstein with AU’s first ever Person of the Year Award. In their press release, AU describes MRFF as “the leading voice protecting church-state separation in the military.” On November 1, 2013, for the fifth consecutive year, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation was officially nominated again for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize (its sixth total nomination).

12/08/2020

This National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, MRFF honors the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Bonnie Weinstein's book inspires heartfelt praise from a newfound MRFF supporter: “I’m So Sorry To Know What They Say To...
11/25/2020
11/24/20 - I'm So Sorry To Know What They Say To You

Bonnie Weinstein's book inspires heartfelt praise from a newfound MRFF supporter: “I’m So Sorry To Know What They Say To You.”

MRFF Co-founder Bonnie Weinstein's latest book "When Christian's Break Bad" finds a new MRFF supporter and inspires heartfelt praise. Click to read email and purchase book.

Yet Another Despicable Death Threat to MRFF’s Mikey and Bonnie Weinstein:“We’re Coming For You in a White GMC Truck to B...
11/18/2020
11/18/20 - Yet Another Despicable Death Threat to MRFF’s Mikey and Bonnie Weinstein

Yet Another Despicable Death Threat to MRFF’s Mikey and Bonnie Weinstein:

“We’re Coming For You in a White GMC Truck to Blow You and Your Wife’s Heads Off"

"These often surprisingly specific threats are aimed directly at myself, my family, and the MRFF staff. ... This abuse is immeasurably repugnant, ugly and – above all else – constant. ..." Click to read

"Three Generations of My Family – The MRFF has now helped out my dad, me and my daughter."
11/11/2020
Three Generations of My Family

"Three Generations of My Family – The MRFF has now helped out my dad, me and my daughter."

"Just wanted to thank you and the MRFF org. for doing all that you guys do for the military and veterans. The MRFF has now helped out my dad, me and my daughter. ..." Click image to read

Great Veterans Day read from MRFF Board Member John Compere.
11/11/2020
Remembering Our Veterans Who Served

Great Veterans Day read from MRFF Board Member John Compere.

By MRFF Board Member John Compere "Veterans Day is our national holiday observed every November 11th. Its genesis was the World War I ..." Click image to read

Son of Gen. Robert T. Herres noted father’s support for Mikey in response to tweet by LTC (Ret) Alexander Vindman.Vindma...
11/07/2020
Son of Gen. Robert T. Herres noted father’s support for Mikey in response to tweet by LTC (Ret) Alexander Vindman

Son of Gen. Robert T. Herres noted father’s support for Mikey in response to tweet by LTC (Ret) Alexander Vindman.

Vindman was notable for his testimony to Congress regarding the Trump-Ukraine scandal, which became the crux of allegations that led to the impeachment of Trump. Trump retaliated against Vindman, which led to his retirement.

'"My father General Robert T. Herres was the first vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ..." Click image to read

High praise of MRFF's book "When Christians Break Bad" from a military veteran.
10/31/2020
When Christians Break Bad

High praise of MRFF's book "When Christians Break Bad" from a military veteran.

"I read every page, including the one at the end with the warning attached. Then I went to your website and learned of the base Commander that was pressuring his subordinates ..." Click image to read

Commander's "Purity Ball""A short while ago my husband and I were very pressured by his commander to participate in what...
10/22/2020
Commander's "Purity Ball"

Commander's "Purity Ball"

"A short while ago my husband and I were very pressured by his commander to participate in what is called a Christian 'purity ball.' ... Our whole family just cannot thank the whole MRFF enough for swooping in and saving the day."

"A short while ago my husband and I were very pressured by his commander to participate in what is called a Christian 'purity ball.' ... Our local MRFF Rep got us in touch with Mikey Weinstein ..." Click image to read

To Mikey ... "Just an observation. Suddenly, Governor's, mayors, and other municipal officials all across the United Sta...
10/20/2020
To Mikey

To Mikey ... "Just an observation. Suddenly, Governor's, mayors, and other municipal officials all across the United States are facing the same terror you and your family have suffered for years!"

"Just an observation. Suddenly, Governor's, mayors, and other municipal officials all across the United States are facing the same terror you and your family have suffered for years!" Click image to read

10/14/2020

Happy 245th Birthday to the United States Navy!!! #MRFF salutes you! U.S. Navy

Under GOP Pressure, U.S. Military Gives Green Light to Proselytizing Officers "The Department of Defense, under the Trum...
09/21/2020
Under GOP Pressure, U.S. Military Gives Green Light to Proselytizing Officers

Under GOP Pressure, U.S. Military Gives Green Light to Proselytizing Officers

"The Department of Defense, under the Trump administration, has released new guidelines that effective allow U.S. military leaders to get away with preaching to their subordinates. ..."

"The Department of Defense ... released new guidelines that ... allow U.S. military leaders to get away with preaching to their subordinates." Click image to read

Pentagon Issues Decree to Bolster Religious Freedoms of Service Members "The U.S. Department of Defense issued a new gui...
09/21/2020
Pentagon Issues Decree to Bolster Religious Freedoms of Service Members

Pentagon Issues Decree to Bolster Religious Freedoms of Service Members

"The U.S. Department of Defense issued a new guidance decree on September 1st with the intent of supporting President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order on freedom of speech and religion. ..."

"The U.S. Department of Defense issued a new guidance decree ... supporting President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order ..." Click image to read

New Book by MRFF’s Chris Rodda – Salon.com Review & InterviewRight-wing theocracy was defeated in America 200 years ago,...
09/12/2020
9/12/20 - New Book by MRFF’s Chris Rodda – Salon.com Review and Interview

New Book by MRFF’s Chris Rodda – Salon.com Review & Interview

Right-wing theocracy was defeated in America 200 years ago, in a story with startling parallels to our time. That story is told in Chris Rodda's new book "From Theocracy to Religious Liberty."

Right-wing theocracy was defeated in America — 200 years ago, in a story with startling parallels to our time. … That story is told in a new book by author and researcher Chris Rodda, "From Theocracy to Religious Liberty” … Click to read

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