MRFF’s Dirty, Thankless Job

Dear Mikey,

I need to take a moment and thank you and MRFF, and to sound a call to action. I’ve been in the military for over 20 years – National Guard and Active Duty, enlisted and officer. I have been to Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. I have seen my brothers killed and wounded, and I’ve had stuff blowing up around me. In these places, religious extremism is the order of the day, and it’s easy to see the chaos, madness, and ruin that result from it. It is truly ugly.

Unfortunately, we have a similar brand of religious extremism in America, with legions of organizations dedicated to transforming the military into divine warriors. Many of us have suffered civil rights abuses at the hands of these organizations and their minions in the ranks. This is unacceptable, and while many servicemembers see that extremism for what it is and have a strong desire to fight back, we simply can’t afford to engage in a public scuffle. You and MRFF have bravely stepped up and accepted the dirty, thankless job of fighting that extremism on the home front.

The latest battle involves Ray Giunta showing up as the guest speaker at a Pentagon prayer breakfast. This guy is a Christian fundamentalist, and a known liar and con artist, yet the Pentagon chaplain’s office still wants him to come! I am appalled that the military would willingly associate with this fraud. It’s disgraceful, and his presence there makes a mockery of the freedoms I have fought for. Please do everything in your power to convince the Pentagon to rescind Giunta’s invitation.

Thank you Mikey and MRFF for giving us a voice. Thank you Mikey and MRFF for giving us a way to push back. Thank you Mikey and MRFF for taking up the fight.

(Active Duty U.S. Army Officer’s name, rank, MOS, assigned military unit and military installation all withheld)

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