Air Force Academy Excludes Group That Exposed Proselytizing
Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:19 am
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The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), a watchdog group that aims to ensure that members of the US Armed Forces receive their right to religious freedom, has spoken out against the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Religious Respect Conference, stating that organizers purposely excluded the organization from attending because of its visible efforts in combating religious intolerance in the military.
Created in 2006 by president and founder Michael "Mikey" Weinstein, a USAFA graduate himself, the MRFF has received two Nobel Peace Prize nominations and is credited with exposing widespread proselytizing of military personnel by fundamentalist Christians. The MRFF has more than 20,000 active clients; 96 percent of those who have contacted the MRFF for help are Christians, with the other four percent encompassing Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists and agnostics. About 172 of MRFF's clients are USAFA cadets, officers and staff members.
"We're the only organization representing people of all religion and no religion," said Chris Rodda, MRFF senior research director. "Twenty thousand service members have contacted us. [The USAFA] is ignoring the one organization that does what we do."