Thursday, January 15, 2015
Sloppy Net Article critical of Military Religious Freedom Foundation Taken Down
Not only has Newsmax taken down an article critical of the President and Founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, two of the main sources are challenging the report.
Newsmax said, in an email from Managing Editor Tim Collie, that it had removed the article produced by the Vatican-backed Aleteia because the author did not answer questions raised about it.
The article implied that Mikey Weinstein, Founder and President of the organization, lied or exaggerated his ties with the Reagan White House to raise money to support the civil rights organization head leads. It has 40,000 active duty and veteran service members, of all faiths (about 96% are practicing Christians) and no faith, who want to keep the church out of the military’s business. They campaign aggressively to stop unconstitutional proselytizing throughout the U. S. armed forces and otherwise keep the “God Boys” out of the nation’s military where not to do so would be unlawful.
In the article, written by Mark Stricherz, two officials were quoted challenging Weinstein’s legitimacy.
Ray Wilson, an archivist at the Reagan White House Library, was quoted as saying records did not show any indication Weinstein worked for the White House. Wilson on Thursday, in a telephone interview, disputed and said he told the author he didn’t have time to make an exhaustive check and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request should be filed if he wanted an authoritative response.
University of Minnesota Professor Richard Painter, former deputy legal counsel for Reagan, was quoted as implying that although Weinstein did work for the Reagan White House he was exaggerating his role. Painter said he was asking for a correction from Aleteia.
It wasn't clear why Stricherz, who is based in Washington, was unable to verify Weinstein's work, and went to people thousands of miles away.
Aleteia made a couple of minor changes in its article but says it is standing by its story.
Weinstein’s trial lawyers have demanded a retraction because they allege that the article maliciously defames Weinstein who is a public figure.
Not only is Weinstein an Air Force Academy honors graduate, and lawyer, he served in the Reagan Administration and later was general counsel for Ross Perot and Perot Systems Corporation.
Weinstein, who is Jewish, was discriminated against at the Air Force Academy, but did not become publicly active against the violation of Constitutional laws requiring separation of church and state until his two sons and daughter-in-law attended and graduated from the Academy. He has a son-in-law and brother-in-law who also attended and graduated. His father is a Naval Academy graduate.
Two of them were told that they would burn in hell if they did not accept Jesus as their savior.
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