I was pleasantly surprised at the support by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (“MRFF”), and in its founder and president, Michael ”Mikey the Whiner” L. Weinstein, Esq., to my recent blog post regarding the removal of Bibles from the rooms at Navy Lodges and base hotels. For those readers who may have missed my blog from earlier this week, you may read it here. In response, there were some interesting comments, both supportive of Bible removal and in opposition. Further, there were numerous Facebook likes which disseminated the blog widely, for which I am always grateful to my readers. You can find the MRFF link to Mere Comments here. Of course, it was wholly appropriate that MRFF would link to my blog at Mere Comments as I did their homework for the almost 62 MRFF members and supporters. The supporters were encouraged to contact Rear Admiral Robert J. Bianchi, the head of NEXCOM (Navy Exchange Service Command), to express “sincere thanks that he continues to stand by the U.S. Constitution.” Admiral Bianchi ordered housekeeping staff to impound all Bibles from the 34 Navy Lodges and the 24,000 rooms at the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites. Admiral Bianchi’s directive came after MRFF filed a formal complaint over the placement of Bibles in the Navy hotel rooms. Of course, given that Mr. Weinstein is apparently an “advisor” to the Pentagon on religious matters for military personnel (no, I am not making this up!), I presume that Admiral Bianchi just did what he was told by senior Pentagon officials who had free time to work on this important matter since nothing of significance is going on in the world today requiring their attention. But after all, who can blame Admiral Bianchi for not wanting to screw up a high six-figure Navy pension? (Did you know that an admiral’s pension after 40 years of service is 100 percent of their base pay, so approximately $10,000 to $16,000 monthly? Plus lots of other free stuff. I also bet they can jump the queue at the Veterans Administration hospitals.)
So to pay kindness forward and as a reciprocal courtesy to the MRFF, I would encourage each of my readers to go to the MRFF website and sign up for their newsletter. You can find the link to subscribe here: http://www.mrff.org/. Finally, in an utterly shameless, but related, commercial plug, tomorrow night, Saturday, August 16, 2014, former governor Mike Huckabee, a tireless advocate for the constitutional rights of all Christian believers, will examine the Navy’s plans to remove Bibles from the base hotels on his Fox News program. Please check your local listings. I just might stay in this Saturday night to watch Governor Huckabee’s program. And if you wish to contact Admiral Bianchi or his deputy, Michael Bockelman, you can reach them at 1.757.631.3600 or 1.757.502.7496, respectively.