|100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defence|
'Constitutional conscience' of the U.S. military gets end-of-year notice by military pressA civil rights activist has been named as one of the most influential people in the U.S. defense community by editorial staff working at government sector press outlets, collectively comprising the world's largest military newsroom. This inaugural list of the top 100 most influential people is based upon perceived "leadership, innovation, technology and vision" in our country with an annual defense budget of some $740 billion.
Mikey Weinstein, the founder and chief of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, founded the civil rights organization in 2006, and represented and continues to advocate for 10,000s of American servicemen and woman.
The list "was compiled over five months by more than two dozen reporters" at the 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.
As reported on its website, the "Military Religious Freedom Foundation is dedicated to ensuring 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."
Weinstein has so disturbed the Christian-Dominion religious infrastructure ingrained in the U.S. military that top serving brass as recently as 2008 publicly accused Weinstein of engaging in a "demonic” agenda," as described by Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin.
Jeff Sharlet in Harper's Magazine has written extensively about the "powerful movement of Christian soldiers concentrated in the officer corps" against whom Weinstein, a committed army of civil libertarians, cadets, veterans, troops and Marines fight.
What has the Dominionists and assorted Christian nationalists feeling aggrieved is the effectiveness of Weinstein that these Christian avengers can no longer ignore, along with the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.