First Amendment

Dear Military Religious Freedom Foundation,

Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes expressed his own thoughts and views. That constitutes his ‘opinion’ and is covered by the First Amendment under Freedom of Speech. It was not sanctioned by the government. If you don’t like the freedoms given to us by the founding fathers of this nation, then you should get your ass to another country. Since you ‘can’t please all of the people all of the time’, our rule of law has been the ‘majority rule’. If you don’t like that, find another country. What gives you the right to shove you views off on the majority?
Clinton ushered in political correctness. What a farce and bullshit. It gives people an excuse to lie. Not much different than the ‘warm and fuzzy, touchy feely’ emotions a child gets when we reward all students who participate, rather than only those who STRIVE to excel. It is time to get this country back on track.
Before you get the idea that I’m some kind of religious Bible thumper, forget it. I just believe in applying common sense to every situation. ‘Common sense’ is a misnomer because it isn’t ‘common’ any more. Few people have it. Just the same as few have real integrity. Back off on your goals. Like I said, if you don’t like it, leave it.

(name withheld)
A Patriotic American

Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?


Hi (name withheld),

My name is Rick Baker and I’m a former Air Force Officer and current MRFF Volunteer.

Our president, Mr. Weinstein, has viewed your letter and asked me to respond.

You would be sadly mistaken that Lt. Col. Reyes’s remarks in this case were covered by the free speech clause of the constitution.

As a member of the military Chaplain, Reyes is forbidden by law to promote one religion over another or religion over non-religion.(US Supreme Court Lemon Vs. Kurzman, 1971) The UCMJ is also quite clear on the subject.

By repeating this remark in the line of duty he demeaned Atheists, which have served their country well both in peacetime and combat and of which in the military alone currently total over 13,000.

MRFF’s mission is to ensure that each and every member of the armed forces receives the freedom of religion guaranteed by the constitution. This includes all religions and non-beliefs. Religion, irrespective of its majority, has no more power or standing than another or no religious belief.

In addition, we are currently addressing over 34,000 complaints from our young men and women service members who have been co-opted by superiors and suffered command centered and coercive Christian based proselytizing. This mostly from those who subscribe to a D0minionist form of Christianity and belong to intra service-Christian organizations such as Officers Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ Military Mission, Focus on the Family and others.

I am also afraid your “common sense” has failed you, for it has misled you in your opinion of MRFF which has received three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize and another again recently. It is obvious that that you have greatly missed the point.

I also think you have mistaken blind Nationalism for Patriotism for you sound very much like those on the Fascist right.

You also advise us to “go out on a limb, for that’s where the fruit is.” May I remind you that there are a lot of nuts out there on that limb too.

I invite you to visit our web site at militaryreligiousfreedom.org for more information and a clear picture of what MRFF is all about.

Rick Baker
Capt. USAF (Ret)
MRFF Volunteer.

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1 Comment

  1. watchtower

    This is not a country ruled by the majority. This is not a country of majority rule. The Constitution of the United States was written, in large part, to prevent majority rule. The Declaration of Independence was an announcement that there are limitations upon majority rule.

    The majority has been wrong oftener than it has been right in all the course of time.

    The majority crucified Jesus Christ. The majority burned the Christians at the stake. The majority drove the Jews into exile and the ghetto. The majority established slavery. The majority set up innumerable gibbets. The majority chained to stakes and surrounded with circles of flame martyrs through all the ages of the world’s history. The majority in China believe in a doctrine and follow a code of ethics different from ours. Either they are wrong or we are wrong.

    The majority went down the pathway of the ages wearing gyves, which they voluntarily forged and fastened upon their arms; and when a minority arose headed by some brave soul, they hanged him upon a gibbet, they crucified him upon a cross, they pulled his limbs apart with horrible instruments of torture, and the majority stood there leering and jibing at the man who was the apostle of a better day.

    Majority rule without any limitation or curb upon the particular set of fools who happen to be placed for the moment in charge of the machinery of a government! The majority grinned and jeered when Columbus said the world was round. The majority threw him into a dungeon for having discovered a new world. The majority said that Galileo must recant or that Galileo must go to prison. The majority cut off the ears of John Pym because he dared advocate the liberty of the press. The majority to the South of the Mason and Dixon line established the horrible thing called slavery, and the majority north of it did likewise, and only turned reformer when slavery ceased to be profitable to them.

    Excerpts From Speech By Senator James A. Reed Of Missouri (U.S. Senate, June 4, 1926)

    Appears to me your “limb” is broken!

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