Your Intolerance

Dear MRFF,

I am perplexed by your intolerance for those of us who serve in the military who happen to have faith in God. I have never pressed my beliefs on anyone, yet you seek to press your beliefs on me and others like me, who have a desire to engage in and be identified with our faith, even when we wear the uniform. Almost without exception, the very things you accuse Christians of, you yourself are guilty of. And your comment, “This country was founded on a very critical principle — the founding framers looked at the horrors that occurred throughout history by mixing religion and war, and they said, we’re going to separate church and state.” is contradiction of early American history. Those who found and founded our country did so in order to gain religious freedom, and were willing to fight for it while fighting in it. I don’t know what bad experience you’ve had in life with someone who had faith in God- but not all of us are like that person or circumstance…

(name withheld)

Dear (name withheld),

Thank you for your note to MRFF.

My name is Rick Baker and I am a former USAF Officer and Rescue Pilot, having served two combat tours in Vietnam. I am also an MRFF Volunteer.

There are many like me who are staff and volunteers at MRFF whose religious beliefs and non beliefs span a wide spectrum.
We have no desire to press our beliefs on anyone. Our mission is to ensure religious freedom for each and every member of the armed forces.

We do have, however, zero tolerance for those who would press their beliefs on our young men and women in the armed forces and we are determined to prevent any occasion of command centered and coercive Christian proselytizing.

Whatever action we have taken against a person or group in the military has been directed at those who practice a most insidious brand of Christianity known to us as “Dominion Christianity.” If you are not familiar with this term please google it for a chilling glimpse into religion run amok.

In addition, even a cursory knowledge of early American history discloses the fact that the majority of our founders, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and others spoke of the damage wrought by the use of religion by governments throughout history to wreak havoc from early Biblical times to Rome, Europe and beyond. This was, even if unspoken, a major cause celeb in their revolutionary thinking as there can be no religious freedom without separation of church
and state.

Of course, irrespective of their reasoning, they seem to have gotten it right.
Rick Baker
Capt. USAF (Ret)
MRFF Volunteer

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