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Dec 18 2012

Mikey Weinstein Ranked as One of the “100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense” by Defense News

#95 — Mikey Weinstein

Founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation

 

mikey-weinsteinA former Air Force officer and White House lawyer during the Reagan administration,Weinstein is today a one-issue whistle-blower who has driven real change in religious policy throughout the military.Advocating for secularism in the military through the Military Religious Freedom Foundation he founded in 2005, Weinstein has fought a campaign against public prayer and proselytizing by Air Force officers, particularly at the Air Force Academy, his alma mater, where he says he and his sons experienced religious discrimination. Weinstein has been accused of tilting at windmills in his struggles, but he scored a major victory in 2011, when the Air Force suspended a training course for nuclear missile launch officers that used Bible passages and religious imagery in a PowerPoint presentation about the ethics of war. Weinstein’s public persistence continues to influence Pentagon religious policies, including new rules released in 2012 restricting the sale of Bibles adorned with military insignia.

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How the list was compiled:

This inaugural 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense list was compiled over five months by more than two dozen reporters and editors representing the world’s biggest military newsroom and the award-winning staffs of Gannett Government Media’s sector-leading publications: Defense News, Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times, Armed Forces Journal and Federal Times.

Individuals’ personal influence — not just the power that comes with their offices — was foremost in our minds. What makes someone influential? One individual on the list explains it this way: “Influence is making change, it’s not just celebrity.”

More than 200 candidates were nominated by staffers and vetted through sources. Each person’s clout in shaping American defense policy, strategy and capability was discussed, debated and analyzed.

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  1. 1
    Elaine

    Chris, I know this is OT, but can’t find your email. Our “favorite historian” was on the radio today for 3+ hours, and on DISH/BlazeTV tonight, telling a fascinating tale of guns, our founders, (of course), the 2nd amendment & the horrible tragedy in Ct. Let me know if you need access, solopocono at gmail.

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Lol-what? That’s awesome.

  3. 3
    Francisco Bacopa

    Pretty awesome he got this positive recognition. I doubt it makes up for the death threats he gets.

    BTW, Why have the fundies been so focused on the Air Force Academy? I can think of only one reason. The fundies want The Bomb. They are not smart enough to make their own and it’s pretty expensive to obtain fissile materials anyway. But of they could influence the Academy over a period of thirty years, they just might get control of nuclear weapons by having their own General Ripper in the ranks.

    I do not believe this is a joke. I seriously believe the fundies desire control over nuclear weapons. Even if you consider this implausible, consider the consequences if I am right. The fundies got themselves a fraudulent president in a rigged election. They dream big and have proven their power. We should never underestimate them and dismiss the idea that they are trying to acquire control over nuclear weapons.

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    Ichthyic

    We should never underestimate them and dismiss the idea that they are trying to acquire control over nuclear weapons.

    I think you should get Dan Brown to write a book about it!

    I can’t wait to find out what comes after the fundies somehow get control of a nuclear weapon(s)!

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    Francisco Bacopa

    I think you should get Dan Brown to write a book about it!

    I can’t wait to find out what comes after the fundies somehow get control of a nuclear weapon(s)!

    Don’t joke about dude. Thanks to guys like Mikey we are being kept safe from more terror than you can imagine. You do know that there are such things as Christian Reconstructionists who want biblical law to be the law of America. They would kill millions of us in a genocide that would make the Holocaust look tame, and all to give the godly Americans lebensraum to take over the rest of this nation.

    Why are the fundies so active at the military academies? They want control of the military so they can overthrow our secular government. Why di d the put most of their emphasis on the USAF Academy, they want control over nuclear weapons. Fundies want The Bomb so we can never say no to them.

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