Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mikey Weinstein - Getting Rich Through Persecuting Christians

For those of you that have never heard of Michael "Mikey" Weinstein, you were probably better off not knowing about him. Mikey founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation whose stated purpose is to:
ensure that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Unfortunately the actual purpose is twofold; to crush Christianity in the military and now apparently to make MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein fabulously wealthy. The effects of Mikey's war against Christianity (and yes he has declared war on Christianity) is is a direct blow to the morale and good order of the troops. He's sued the military to get rid of Chaplains, he's antiSemitic (to Jews that don't agree with him), displays his ignorance of history by blaming the Inquisition and the Holocaust on Christianity, considers Christian organizations as hate groups, he has threatened physical violence to anyone that gets in his way, yet he turns his back on the Obama Administration pandering to radical Islamic jihadists. In the cause of Religious Freedom, to Mikey Weinstein religious freedom comes down to "My way or the highway" and his way is exactly what he falsely accuses Christianity of doing.

Now the Stars and Stripes turns the lens around and looks at Mr. Weinstein only to find that Mikey's bluster comes at a fabulous price, his 2012 salary & compensation totaled $273,355 or 47% of all money raised by MRFF. Wounded Warrior Project CEO Steven Nardizzi received $311,538 in compensation but that was 0.2% of what that charity raised that year. If Mr. Nardizzi were paid at Mikey Weinstein's rate he would have made $72,850,000

Mikey Weinstien's quarter million dollar salary far exceeds the average salary of the CEO of a small charities, which is about $95,500 per year. However the MRFF isn't a small charity, it's not large enough to be considered a small charity according to charity watchdog Charity Navigator. Mikey Weinstein defends his avarice fueled compensation by pointing out that the MRFF has six Nobel Peace Prize nominations, but he fails to mention (But the Air Force Times didn't fail to mention) that the person who made the nomination is a member of the MMRF advisory board. In other words the MRFF was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by the MRFF. Then again Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini were all nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize too.

The Air Force Times also report that Mr Weinstein votes on his own salary as part of a three member board which is smaller than the five member board that Charity Navigator recommends for nonprofits. The MRFF counts Mikey - the only paid employee of the MRFF - as an independent voting board member in apparent violation of IRS rules. 

Mikey also defends his salary by saying that he works long hours... well so do the brave men and women who risk their lives for this country, whose rights to religious freedom he's crushing, and they're getting paid scraps. Mikey has the best of all, he does a little fundraising by selling his poison to like minded individuals, keeps half of it, and has a 24/7 sounding board to spout his foul mouthed hate and bigotry. Maybe if Mr. Weinstein had enlisted rather than gone to the academy things would have been different. I believe that instead of arguing legal briefs (He was a Jag lawyer) during his time in the USAF if Mikey had spent his time worrying that the plane he launched came back in one piece with the entire crew alive maybe he would have learned to pray, or at least learn respect for those who do pray.

Mikey's military career while brilliant and necessary, was at best peripheral. It is what we on the flightline would call a "nonner" which means a "non sortie generator". Generating sorties is the USAF's raison d'etre, arguing points of law is not. While men and women of all walks work diligently to load, launch, recover, and turn around airplanes, while men and women fly, fight, and die to protect this country, Mikey Weinstein is doing the same thing he did in the past, argue loudly, but this time it's with a foul mouth and a full wallet. I pray that our Lord Jesus reaches out to him through the Holy Spirit and calms Mikey's hateful rhetoric.
1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you. (James 5:1-6)

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