As requested, here’s a roundup of links regarding the Military Religous Freedom Foundation’s investigation of claims that dozens of soldiers have been punished for opting out of attending a religious concert series at Fort Eustis in Virginia, organized by Maj. Gen. James E. Chambers, a born-again Christian:
- Troops: Skipping Christian concert got us punished (AP)
- US Soldiers Pressured to Attend Commanding General’s Religious Concerts (Religion Clause)
- U.S. Soldiers Punished for Not Attending Christian Concert (MRFF, for Huffington Post)
- Army Anti-Discrimination Officials Pressured Soldiers Not to File Discrimination Complaints (truthout)
- BarlowGirl Concert Causes Controversy on Military Base (Gospel Soundcheck, for Beliefnet)
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is run by Mikey Weinstein, a Jewish lawyer who served in the Air Force (his three children are also Air Force Academy grads) and has been warning for years about the influence of evangelical Christians in the U.S. military. For more on his efforts, take a look at this May 25 story, “Mikey Weinstein’s Crusade,” in Foreign Policy magazine.
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