June 22, 2010
Dear Mr. Weinstein:
My name is Jeremy Shaver and I serve as Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. One of our members and volunteers, Peter Shultz, has been in touch with you about MRFF’s challenge of the Evans Army Community Hospital emblem. As promised, here is our statement of support:
The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado supports the Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s effort to change or discontinue the use of the Evans Army Community Hospital emblem.
“The emblem’s spiked cross and motto clearly violates the required religious neutrality expected of all branches of the U.S. Government. We do not believe tax-payer funded government agencies and buildings should sport a religious symbol,” said Jeremy Shaver, Executive Director for the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. “It is the hospital’s responsibility and obligation to care for the physical well-being of our women and men serving in the United States military. The message portrayed by the hospital’s emblem is that one particular faith is superior and that all other believers, or those without a faith tradition, have second class status. The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado believes in the equality of all religious traditions and strongly endorses the separation of religion and government as the ideal expression of the religion clauses of the First Amendment of the Constitution.”
The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado is an 800-member organization that protects religious freedom in Colorado. Its members come from 20 different faith traditions, as well as those without a faith tradition.
Please keep us informed of progress and let us know if we can be of further assistance, including sending action alerts to our members. Good luck!
Jeremy J. Shaver, M.Div.
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado (TIA-CO) promotes social justice, religious freedom, and interfaith understanding by educating, organizing, and equipping progressive people of faith and goodwill for advocacy, dialogue, and celebration. Founded in 1998, the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado has 14 congregational partners and more than 800 individual members across the state from 20 faith traditions, as well as those without a faith tradition. For more information, visit www.InterfaithAllianceCO.org.