Dear Mr. Weinstein
There were 17 Rules of Life that George Washington, THE FIRST COMMANDER AND CHIEF OF BOTH THE COLONIAL ARMY AND OUR NATION wrote as a school boy that he lived by. Here are the last 5:
13.Look habitually to Jesus Christ. Let your whole soul be imbued with His Spirit and manifest it in all your actions.
14.Look to the Holy Ghost as the Author of all good in man. Seek habitually His Teaching, His Illumination and Purifying Influences that He may dwell in you as His Temple and take full possession of all your powers and talents for Him.
15.Earnestly desire that He would take of the things of Christ more and more show them unto you and carefully avoid everything which tends to hinder you from becoming perfectly like Him.
16.Make it as your meat and drink to do the will of God and perseveringly have respect to all His commandments.
17. Feel and acknowledge that all the good that you now receive, or ever will receive is of Grace Through Jesus Christ. Trust in Him for all which you need, both for this Life and the Life to come. Rely on His merits, imitate His example and in view of every blessing give Him, and the Father and the Holy Ghost all the Glory.
DO NOT EMBARK ON THIS ATTEMPT TO ELIMINATE CHRIST FROM OUR MILITARY FOR YOU ARE GOING AGAINST THE VERY THING THAT CARRIED THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY THROUGH HIS MILITARY CAREER!
Dear (name withheld),
Thank you for your E-Mail.
My name is Rick Baker and I am an MRFF Volunteer. Mr. Weinstein has asked me to respond to your inquiry.
These quotes from General Washington’s childhood seem to fit the pattern of religious teachings of the time. However, later in life, Washington seemed to take a much dimmer view of religion in general and Christianity in specific. In fact, Washington became very bitter and condemned much of the religious activities of the time.
One of his later religious quotes states:
“The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institutions may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances, be made subservient to the vilest of purposes.”
Of course, what he is saying here is that even the mildest of religions can be made, by men, to become dangerous.
So it is not religion as much as it is those who employ religion to achieve certain devious goals with whom MRFF is concerned. No one can argue with the peaceful applications of Jesus’ declarations but placed in the hands of a Jim Jones, Marshall Applewhite, David Koresh, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and other promulgators of cult worship they can become tools for extracting compliance.
As for the armed forces, MRFF is currently addressing over 33,000 client case complaints from our young men and women in the military who have found themselves in the grasp of such religious miscreants who employ command centered and coercive Christian based proselytizing. Fully 96% of those seeking assistance from us are self identified Protestants and Catholic Christians.
We have come to know this group of proselytizing extremists as the self declared “Dominion Christians.” If you are not familiar with this term, just Google it for a chilling glimpse into religion run amok.
Any and all of MRFF’s activities relative to the armed forces are directed at this group and not the good Christians we have come to know in the military. Indeed, we are often assisted by these good Christians in ferreting out the bad guys. We are also enjoy good relations with the Department of Defense and the Armed Forces Chiefs of Staff who have often been instrumental is assisting us to follow through on complaints.
It is not our goal nor has it ever been to remove religion/Christianity from the armed forces. It is only to ensure that each and every member of the military enjoys the freedom of religion guaranteed by our Constitution or protection from bastardized versions of religion.
Thanks again for your note. I hope I have explained our mission well and invite you to access our web site at militaryreligiousfreedom.org for more information.
Capt. USAF (ret)