Atheist ‘Humbug’ Over Military Help of Christmas Foodbasket Mission

The military at Grand Forks is being told they have to choose secular groups to volunteer for during duty hours, "that are not religiously affiliated," and then volunteer for religious organizations "on their own time." The division noted their standard as "a wide array of charities" without reference to religious or non-religious reasons for being a charitable cause. (Forum News photo)

Grand Forks Herald – Members of Grand Forks Air Force Base raised concerns after high-ranking officials sent an email Tuesday that offered an opportunity to volunteer for the Salvation Army during duty hours.

Mikey Weinstein, founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said about 40 military members contacted him because they said they felt the base was showing religious favoritism. He alleged the offer violated their constitutional rights by merging church and state and is in violation of the Air Force Standards.

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church and charitable organization. “There’s no problem with the Salvation Army,” Weinstein said. “The problem is with the Air Force singling it out . . .”

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