Sad (with a response from MRFF’s Pastor Joan)

Dear Mr. Weinstein,

What a sad organization. To hate the love of God our creator.

Every knee shall bow and every tounge confess that Jesus Christ is lord.

We will be praying for you

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

Mikey has read your email and forwarded it to me.

I’m sorry that you have been deceived on the true mission of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and I hope to clarify that.

We are not anti-Christian in any way. In fact, 75% of the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters are Christian. A full 96% of our 34,000+ soldier clients (1 can represent more than 50) are Christian – Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodist, Lutherans, Baptists, Evangelicals, etc.

MRFF does not act on its own but at the request of soldiers’ complaints of the blatant disregard and trampling of the Constitution and the Military Code of Justice; blurring the lines between the separation of church and state. Every complaint is vetted by Mikey who was a JAG lawyer at the Air Force Academy for 10 years; worked in the West Wing under Ronald Reagan; and held positions in private practice.

US Army chaplain MAJ James Linzey, who, in a 1999 video, described mainstream Protestant churches as “demonic, dastardly creatures from the pit of hell “that should be “stomped out.”

This is the thinking of the military of today throughout the chain of command all the way to the Pentagon. They believe that the only “true” Christian is one that is “born-again” and has a spiritual birthday. All mainline Christians (see above) are destined to hell.

Military Chaplains – not Commanders or those in leadership positions – are in charge of the spiritual needs of their soldiers in each denomination and must have tolerance and acceptance for all faiths in deference to their own personal religious convictions. In addition to personal tolerance, military Chaplains must ensure religious freedom or lack thereof for all soldiers according to the 2nd Amendment.

“. . . no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” (Article VI, Section III)

Our military is a government entity and must remain secular. Any person that wants to don the uniform of a branch of our military is free to do so with the express admonition from the Constitution to not exalt one religion over another.

The Air Force has explicit rules on religious neutrality.

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE

Air Force Instruction 1-1

7 August 2012

2.11. Government Neutrality Regarding Religion. Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. For example, they must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion. Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectivity. The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order, and discipline. Airmen, especially commanders and supervisors, must ensure that in exercising their right of religious free expression, they do not degrade morale, good order, and discipline in the Air Force or degrade the trust and confidence that the public has in the United States Air Force.

This ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE is to quell the rampant, in-your-face religious proselytizing by the command structure to make sure that every soldier is “born again”, a “warrior for Christ”, every war a “Crusade” and our soldiers are “government paid missionaries.”

We are not trying to destroy Christianity. We work as an agent on behalf of our soldiers to force our military to abide by the Constitution and all military laws where religious neutrality is concerned.

On behalf of all of the Christians and those of other faiths involved with MRFF, we welcome your prayers.

Pastor Joan

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5 Comments

  1. Tony

    I don’t understand the reference to the 2nd Amendment in regard to military chaplains and the no-religious-test provision of the Constitution. Can you elaborate?

  2. What it means is that, much like the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of individual religious belief (or choice to the contrary), there can be no forcing of a singular religious belief, or the requirement of a particular belief, as a prerequisite for government service as an enlisted person, a commissioned officer or a civilian staff member of the armed forces.

  3. godlessveteran

    I fail to see the Second Amendment connection as well. The fundies aren’t quite to the point of being such a threat (in the military, anyway) that we must rely on the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Not yet.

  4. M McL

    Israel no official religion…somebody tell the Evangelical wackjobs:

    OREN: …… unlike Great Britain that has a national church, we don’t have an official religion.

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1307/28/fzgps.01.html

  5. good without a god

    I am pretty sure that was a typo about the 2nd and should read the 1st amendment.

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