A question about your organization

I’m certain this has been asked multiple times, but I was unable to find a FAQ or the like…Are you, as an organization, against military chaplains in general, and/or them preaching to troops who are at the service of their own free will? Obviously, the troops coerced/pressured into being at any religious event is totally unacceptable, but the ones attended willingly seem a different story to me, and I was unable to determine your stance on them, with a brief glace through your website.

Thank you,

(name withheld)

Dear (name withheld),

Mikey has read your email and asked me to respond on behalf of MRFF. Thank you for your service to our nation. It is, and always will be, greatly valued and appreciated. Although I have no military experience, I am very proud to work with many retired and active duty military members at MRFF.

In response to your specific question MRFF fully supports the military chaplaincy role in its passive (i.e. without proselytization) ministrations to the religious needs of all U.S. Service Members of any faith.

As a Christian (Episcopalian in fact) supporter of MRFF I have the freedom (as do you) to demonstrably agree with any proselytized message, disagree, or totally ignore with no chance of repercussions. If on the other hand you chose to proselytize a faith based message to me in a government controlled situation where your official capacity was superior and mine subordinate, your message becomes immediately oppressive, and unconstitutional, due to the loss of my freedoms as listed above.

Let me use the words of another in further explanation:
No one will be prosecuted simply for sharing one’s faith in the military. Sharing your faith – in a non-official context – is fine. What’s wrong is when it is in a mandatory, official, or any other context in which the power dynamic between the individuals is out of balance (e.g., a commander recommending church attendance to subordinates).

Should fundamentalist of other religious faiths engage in the same type of activity within the U.S. Military, MRFF’s response will be exactly the same.

Andy Kasehagen

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