religious freedom

Dear Mr. Weinstein,

Your organization, in my opinion, is immeasurably evil. Why do you fear a Christian that shares his/her belief? I was in Vietnam for 13 months and thanked God every time I saw a Chaplain praying with the wounded and dying, risking their lives to bring comfort, often assisting as medics. Obviously you were never in combat and have no idea of the strength faith brings. How can you try to deny service personnel the most basic freedom of this country? Have you ever stopped to think that some want to hear the Gospel?
I hope God has mercy on you and exposes just how harmful you are. If I were you, I wouldn’t look forward to death.
I know you are too consumed with hate to reply to this in a rational way, so I don’t expect it.

(name withheld)

Hi (name withheld),

Rick Baker here. I’m an MRFF Volunteer, a former Air Force officer and rescue pilot having served two combat tours in Vietnam. I hope to answer your questions and address your concerns.

MRFF’s mission is to ensure that each and every member of the Armed Forces receives the freedom of religion guaranteed by the US Constitution. This means all faiths and beliefs and even non-beliefs, for the constitution also provides protection for those who do not subscribe to religious belief.
We have no desire to deny Christian based services to our troops. We only intercede when we find command centered and coercive Christian proselytizing taking place.

There is an emerging sect of militant and aggressive Christians known as Dominion Christianity that was not around when you and I served. They have for some time, been infiltrating the military and officers belonging to that sect taking advantage of their rank and position to attempt conversions of non-Christians and upgrading existing Christians to a higher state of obedience. If you are not familiar with the term “Dominion Christianity” just Google it for a chilling glimpse into religion that has taken a wrong turn.

We are currently addressing over 33,000 client case complaints from our young men and women in the military who have been co-opted in some fashion and often forced to attend Christian formations and ceremonies. Fully 96% of those submitting complaints identify themselves as Protestant or Catholic Christians. Many are told that they are not “Christian enough!”

MRFF has good relations with the Department of Defense which has been instrumental in assisting us to provide relief for those who have found themselves in the grasp of aggressive proselytizers.

I understand your respect for military Chaplains. As one who has flown many Chaplains of different callings into combat zones and who has great respect for them myself, I can understand the importance of delivering the comfort they generate to the troops.
AT MRFF there are many practicing Christians, Jews, Muslims, a Buddhist or two and others of different faiths. We all get along and respect each others faith.

Thank you for your service to America and your letter to MRFF. I hope I have addressed your concerns. If you have further questions I will be happy to address them

Rick Baker
MRFF Volunteer
USAF (Ret)

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