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Your organization disgusts me. You are what is wrong with people in this country. You should work with the westboro baptist church they seem to be right up your alley of hate and trying to destroy others attempt to practice their own religion in peaceful ways.

(name withheld)


Hey (name withheld),

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I hope so because I suspect you think of yourself as a Christian. Am I correct? If so, how do you think your message to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation squares with the teachings of the leader of your chosen religion? Do you think Jesus appreciates your sending condemning messages to people you don’t know? Do you think Jesus himself would lash out at people because they were trying to protect the rights of others whose beliefs were being trampled on by their superiors?

I ask because I find it confusing when people who think of themselves as Christians behave in so unChristian a manner. If you do think of yourself as a Christian I’d like to better understand how you justify your general condemnation of the work of an organization you clearly do not understand.

What is it about our work that disgusts you? What have we done that makes us “what is wrong with people in this country”? How has the work we’ve done put us in the category of the Westboro Baptist Church? Are you aware of the fact that we work on behalf of women and men in the military who are discriminated against, including gay people? What is the “alley of hate” you ascribe to us? What have we done that allows you to accuse us of “trying to destroy others attempt to practice their own religion in peaceful ways”?

I hope the New Year brings nothing but good things for you and yours, and I hope it includes enlightenment about our work. I hope it also includes some thinking about what it means to be a Christian. If you’d like some assistance with that, I can recommend some of the Christian clergy who work closely with us in trying to protect the freedom of religious belief of the men and women in our armed forces.

Best,

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Advisory Board)

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