Friday Evening, December 17, 2021

Led by Christian nationalist Representatives Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Bob Good (R-VA), 47 members of Congress, including such
other reprobates as Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert,
Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, and Madison Cawthorn,
have written a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R.
McDonough deriding MRFF as "bigoted" and "anti-Christian" for trying to ensure that "Wreaths Across America" does not place
its undeniably Christian symbol of a Christmas wreath on the
graves of Jewish and other non-Christian veterans.
Image from Saturday Night Live sketch of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert holding assault rifles with Christmas garland in the background
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Cecily Strong as Marjorie Taylor Greene and Chloe
Fineman as Lauren Boebert during the Cold Open on Saturday, December 11, 2021. (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Side by side Congressional photos of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert
Dec. 16, 2021 letter to VA Secretary Denis R. McDonough from U.S. Congress members Doug Lamborn, Bob Good, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, and Madison Cawthorn, et. al.

Note that the letter references Christmas three times, and Rep. Lamborn's press release says he is "I am disgusted that individuals are taking the war on Christmas to new levels by comparing wreaths to gang signs and attempting to stop this long-standing tradition. We must continue to accommodate volunteers as they honor and respect our fallen soldiers by laying Christmas wreaths," although Wreaths Across America has been repeatedly insisting that their wreaths are not Christmas wreaths but "veterans' wreaths."

Lamborn, other Congressional leaders call for cemeteries to honor annual wreath-laying tradition

By: Debbie Kelley

Thursday, December 16, 2021
The Gazette covers Reps. Doug Lamborn’s and Good’s letter to Secretary McDonough, and also repeats Wreaths Across America’s ludicrous claim, contradicted by the Congress members' letter, that their wreaths are “not Christmas wreaths but veterans’ wreaths.”

Wreaths Across America accused of ‘carpet
bombing’ cemeteries with a ‘Christian gang sign’

By: Frank Webster

Thursday, December 16, 2021
BizPac Review covers MRFF’s effort to keep Wreaths Across America from defiling the graves of Jewish and other non-Christian veterans with distinctly Christian Christmas wreaths, liberally quoting from MRFF Senior Research Director Chris Rodda’s November 22 op-ed on Daily Kos and statements from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein.
“Christmas wreaths”

You are too funny! I gots my edumacation from Harvard and I’m going to grow up to be a big dick just like you, oh it will be great, I will get fucked in the ass, and thinkI am sombody important, all I gots to do is attack the poor old white folks that place wreaths on dead vets graves. I see your a Weinstein now it all makes sense, another anti-semite, to bad Hitler didn’t burn your whole family. tootaloo little dick
“Blow it out your ass you worthless POS and a
stupid biden supporter to boot. Far and ugly”

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To see responses from
MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell,
MRFF Board Member John Compere,
and MRFF supporter Fr. Steve Dundas:
“Butt out”

Take your moldy butt and leave Wreaths Across America alone. You’re an evil group with too much time on its hands. No one wants to hear from you.

(name withheld)

To see response from
MRFF Advisory Board Lawrence Wilkerson:
“‘Mikey’ Weinstein’s near-sightedness”

Dear Military Religious ‘Freedom’ Foundation

Your stance on wreaths on veterans’ gravesites is just embarrassing. Christian ‘gang signs’, really? You should be ashamed of such a narrow minded, ‘we’re the only ones who can say what religious freedom is’ ideas. I am ashamed of you. 

I would think you would be PROUD of what is being done for our deceased. Instead, you encourage ‘less’ participation in giving our young people awareness to honor and respect those who have died and gone before us.

Be ashamed. Be VERY ashamed of ‘Mikey Weinstein’ most especially but also any of those in your ‘organization’ that feel the same way. If ever I was going to support your organization, you can be assured that you have lost any chance of that. 

(name withheld)

To see response from
MRFF supporter Fr. Steve Dundas:
MRFF's Inbox

For my deceased Jewish in-laws I feel that NOT placing wreaths on Jewish graves is discriminatory.

Wreaths can have many meanings and there is not a mention in the Bible about wreaths being a Christian symbol. Indeed the main mention of a wreath is in the Hebrew Scriptures where in 1 Kings 7:36 it mentions Solomon adorning the temple with wreaths ( “On the surfaces of its stays and on its borders he carved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, where each had space, with wreaths all round.”). I believe that placing wreaths simply honors veterans for their service.

Thank you for listening.

(name withheld)

To see responses from
MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein,
MRFF Board Member John Compere, and
MRFF supporters Rabbi Joel Schwartzman
and Fr. Steve Dundas:
“Wreaths Across America”

Dear Mikey,  Thanks for all the good work you do to keep the right wing “Bible thumpers” from taking over the military. FYI, I’m a left wing Episcopalian married to a lovely Jewish atheist (also a Professor at Stanford). Only thing I have ever disagreed with you: I think the Christmas wreaths on the veterans’ headstones are OK and my Jewish atheist wife agrees with me! (I think they may have even had a “secular” Christmas tree in their house in Newark NJ when she grew up—after all it is really a pagan holiday co-opted by the Christians).  Please keep up the good fight! We are on your side. Wishing you a lovely holiday


(name withheld)

To see responses from
MRFF Board Member John Compere
and MRFF Advisory Board Member James T. Currie:

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