The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Goes To…

It is a long shot, obviously. But it is still a very nice gesture for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

They have been nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Who nominated them?

The nominator of MRFF for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize is identified as a Senator from a foreign nation, which is an ally of the United States, and the only Christian legislator in the upper chamber of that country’s national parliament.

Why were they nominated? You can see the redacted letter sent to the Nobel committee here:

Nobel Letter

Here’s one key excerpt:

In the years since its founding, MRFF has been contacted, reached out to and retained by nearly 15,000 active duty United States marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen and veterans, 96% of whom, amazingly, are actually Christians of various denominations. These Christian armed forces clients of MRFF find themselves targeted by power wielding fundamentalists, superior to them in the military chain of command, who do not consider Catholics or mainstream Protestants to be “true Christians.” The remainder of MRFFs clients consists of a galaxy of non-Christian, religious minorities such as Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, atheists and agnostics and many others.

You can argue there are people and groups more deserving of the Nobel Prize, but it’s hard to deny the importance of a group that watches over improper use of religion in the armed forces.

  • Epistaxis

    The nominator of MRFF for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize is identified as a Senator from a foreign nation, which is an ally of the United States, and the only Christian legislator in the upper chamber of that country’s national parliament.

    The letter refers to “a nation that once was at war with America.” I would have interpreted that as a former enemy, not a current ally.

    Not that many countries have Senates, and even fewer of them have been at war with the USA. Italy? Mexico? The Philippines? Spain? It’s hard to imagine any of them with only one Christian Senator.

  • muggle

    Wow! This is so cool! I hope he wins it.

    15,000 helped already! In four years! Man, this organization is needed. How disgusting is it that men and women putting their lives on the line for this country are being treated this way?

    It’s a scary, depressing stat. Especially when you consider that it’s 15,000 who had the courage to stand up and fight. Who knows how many others are trying to just endure and get through?

  • http://mcwong1948.blogspot.com/ Mac McCarthy

    Well, that’s just disturbing, and potentially frightening — Christian fundamentalists forming a power clique in the US military? And harrassing our Muslim allies?

    Ta-rrific. And not a word of this in the press.

  • http://mattstone.blogs.com Matt Stone

    How can the peace prize be won by warmakers, religious or irreligious? Defies common sense.

  • http://craftlass.blogspot.com CraftLass

    I’ll have to look it up, but it sounds like it’s not actually a military group but a foundation outside of the military that helps members of the armed forces fight the discrimination and harassment they are subjected to. It makes more sense than some other NPP laureates, frankly. This is a global issue when you’re talking about a nation fighting two wars in Muslim lands and with a presence in many different cultures and belief systems. When U.S. officials proselytise in uniform it can easily make it seem, well, official and sanctioned by our nation. It could perhaps even take on a tone like the Crusades.

    I’ve been hearing quite a bit lately about the fundamentalists taking over the military and it’s been scaring me like crazy. The discrimination issue is horrifying within our country but the effect it could have on global politics is potentially devastating!

  • Craig Evans

    Mac McCarthy said:
    “Ta-rrific. And not a word of this in the press.”

    It all depends on which press one might review:

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  • Frank

    I’m with Matt on this, giving a PEACE prize to a MILITARY anything foundation would completely defeat the point of the prize.

  • Heidi

    Not that many countries have Senates, and even fewer of them have been at war with the USA. Italy? Mexico? The Philippines? Spain? It’s hard to imagine any of them with only one Christian Senator.

    Grenada?


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