Americans United for Separation of Church and State has announced that Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein will receive a special award next year for his ongoing work defending church-state separation in the military.
Weinstein will be named Americans United's 2011 "Person of the Year" at a meeting of the AU Board of Trustees on Nov. 14, 2011, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
"We've never named a 'Person of the Year' before, but I can't think of anyone more deserving than Mikey Weinstein," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "Time and again, he has stuck his neck out to defend the religious liberty rights of the men and women serving our country in the armed forces."
Weinstein founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) in 2005 after reports surfaced of various church-state violations at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Weinstein worked with Americans United to address those concerns, but he soon realized that the problem ran much deeper.
Since then, thousands of active-duty and retired military personnel have contacted MRFF for help. The organization has become the leading voice protecting church-state separation in the military.
"Mikey has taken a lot of hits from the Religious Right for his activism," said Lynn. "AU is proud to work alongside him thwarting the schemes of those who would erode the church-state wall in the military."
Weinstein will offer remarks during the event.
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.
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In October, we interviewed Mikey, as well as MRFF's Chris Rodda, Senior Research Director, and Leah Burton, Board member. Here is a segment that illustrates how important MRFF's work is for national security, which is threatened by extremist Christian fundamentalist groups. The full interview is on the God Discussion You Tube channel.