Your goals have shamed everything our ancestors fought to provide with
this new nation United States of America!

see links below

(name withheld)

Dear (name withheld),

Because Mr. Weinstein is busy protecting the religious freedom of our men and women
in the military, I’ve been asked to respond to your message.

Per your comment, our goals actually honor what the founders fought for; our efforts make real their
commitments and fully realize their vision of a United States free of the burdens imposed on those
who sought refuge from the lands from which they fled, as well as the grievances suffered
by the founders themselves when they were mere colonists of Great Britain.

When they came together to establish this “more perfect union,” these men (you do recall
they were all men?) represented a mixture of differing views, philosophies, ideas, and
theologies, out of which, through discussion, argumentation, bargaining and compromise,
they created this great experiment.

It is this experiment that has grown and developed into the better but not yet perfect union
we enjoy today. In today’s version we enjoy freedoms that were only dreamed of in the days
of the founders and it is our charge to see to it that those longed-for and highly regarded
freedoms are not cheapened or subverted by those with another agenda.

The right to believe as one chooses, to hold or maintain a religious view or not, is one of the
fundamental freedoms bequeathed us by people who understood the dangers of bigotry, forced
belief, state religions and the like. So they determined that true freedom of religion also meant
freedom from religion and established a separation of church and state, meaning that the U.S.
Government in all its parts would never put itself in the position of propagating one belief
system over another.

It is our mission to protect the men and women in the armed forces of the United States
from having their freedom of choice usurped, either by design or carelessness. The military,
as part of the government, must be scrupulously neutral as regards religion and must not be
in the business of propagating any form – any form – of religious belief.

We mean no disrespect to you or to any belief system you choose to embrace. It is only
those in the military hierarchy who, through design or carelessness, impose an unwanted
belief or manifestation of a particular faith on a man or woman in our military that we call
into question until they correct their behavior or rectify the situation.

With regard to the historic documents you presented, as understanding has evolved, things
change. Since you are apparently a student of history, I’ll provide below an example of the
way in which thinking – at least for most of us – has evolved in our society.

Mike Farrell

Texas Ordinance of Secession, 1861, in part –

We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights [emphasis in the original]; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding states

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