MRFF sues to STOP the Air Force Academy’s “National Prayer Luncheon”

MilitaryReligiousFreedom.org

MRFF PRESS RELEASE

MRFF and Five Client Co-Plaintiffs
File Federal Lawsuit Seeking Injunction
to Stop USAFA’s Unconstitutional
National Prayer Luncheon

January 31, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*MEDIA CONTACT:*
BEKKI MILLER FOR
INTERVIEW ARRANGEMENTS
(337) 356-8696
bekki.miller@militaryreligiousfreedom.org

ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque-based Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has just filed a formal Federal court complaint and will imminently file a companion Motion for Temporary Injunction today in Federal District court (Colorado) demanding that the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) cancel its upcoming National Prayer Luncheon, on the grounds that it is a blatant violation of the plaintiffs’ Constitutional rights as guaranteed by the First Amendment. MRFF is proud to retain the services of renowned civil rights attorney David Lane in filing this injunction.

COMPLAINT:
http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/docs/usafa_jan11/complaint.pdf

PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR
PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION:

http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/docs/usafa_jan11/injunction.pdf

PLAINTIFFS’ BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF MOTION
FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION:

http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/docs/usafa_jan11/brief.pdf

MRFF has previously demanded that USAFA rescind their invitation to former Marine Lt. Clebe McClary to speak at the aforementioned National Prayer Luncheon event. This lawsuit filing is in direct response to the Air Force Academy’s lack of acceptable response to MRFF’s demand.“Egregiously sectarian statements like [those] from former Lt. McClary blatantly exclude not only non-Christians, but also the many Christians who do not subscribe to a particularly fundamentalist view of Christianity,” said Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, President and Founder of MRFF. Please see below for links to articles providing extensive background on former Lt. McClary’s invitation to USAFA’s prayer luncheon.

Supporting Information:

MRFF’s January 20th, 2011 Demand Letter to U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould:
http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2011/01/mcclary_demand/

A recent article from Truth-Out, which provides a thorough explanation and background information regarding USAFA’s invitation of former Lt. McClary, entitled “Onward Christian Soldiers … To Hypocrisy”:
http://www.truth-out.org/onward-christian-soldiers-to-hypocrisy67164

Another recent article that provides background information on former Lt. McClary’s invitation to USAFA’s prayer luncheon, entitled “Air Force Academy Speaker Thinks USMC Means ‘United States Marines for Christ'”:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-rodda/vietnam-veterans-of-ameri_b_812431.html

Military Religious Freedom Foundation website:http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/

*MEDIA CONTACT:*
BEKKI MILLER FOR
INTERVIEW ARRANGEMENTS
(337) 356-8696
bekki.miller@militaryreligiousfreedom.org

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