Air Force Academy Scrubs Bible Verse From Hallway Board

I read this article and wish to let you know you are sick and need a lot of help. I and my Church will pray for you but only you can turn to Father God and ask for forgiveness.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/air-force-academy-scrubs-bible-verse-hallway-board?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Marketing&utm_term=Facebook&utm_content=Facebook&utm_campaign=airforcebible

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

Mikey is very busy helping our soldiers and asked me to respond to you.

The link you gave is full of omissions in order to provoke anger.

The first thing I need to clear up to you is that we are neither anti-God nor anti-Christian. Mikey is Jewish and prays 3 times a day to the same Father we do. A full 75% or more of the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters with the MRFF are Christian. Out of our 36,000+ military clients (1 can represent 50 and 1 represents 100) are Christian – Catholic, Episcopalians, Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, Evangelicals, etc. If anything, we represent Christians more than any other religion but that doesn’t make the news.

We Christians with the MRFF take God’s Word on obeying our “government authorities” very seriously.

The media, spokesmen for organizations and politicians know full well exactly what we do but choose not to give the full story. They also know the laws regulating the military but ignore them in order to write a story that will incite anger from the Christian base.

Christians listed above are under emotional distress and persecution by an extreme fringe of Christianity better as known Dominionists. Though this sect only makes up about 10% of the Air Force Academy, they are the most vocal and allowed to run roughshod over the other 90%. They crave media attention in the hopes of drawing in those mainline Christians – which THEY persecute – outside of the academy to come to their defense and it’s working very well.

This is what the military thinks of the faith of those Christian denominations listed above:

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 in our military all the way up the chain of command towards mainline Christians; they should be stomped out.

As a Christian how would you like to be –

Told you’re not “the right kind” of Christian or not “Christian enough?”

Told that you are going to hell because you do not believe in the Christian sect they do?

Given poor performance ratings because you won’t accept their sect?

Denied advancements because you are of a different sect?

Verbally abused with in-your-face religious proselytizing against your own religion?

Driven out of the military on trumped up charges?

Put on “point” on every mission?

And, there is more…so much more.

This is the hostile environment the mainline Christians deal with on a daily basis. Their Constitutional rights of religious freedom are being trampled on without any help from those in the chain of command.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment (Establishment Clause) of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise (Free Exercise Clause) thereof . . . “(1st Amendment)

The Establishment Clause comes before the Free Exercise Clause for a reason; the Free Exercise Clause is subservient to the Establishment Clause – not the other way around as some Christians would like it to be.

The Supreme Court heard the Lemon v. Kurtzman case in 1971 and ruled in favor of the Establishment Clause.

Subsequent to this decision, the Supreme Court has applied a three-pronged test to determine whether government action comports with the Establishment Clause, known as the “Lemon Test”

Lemon Test:

1. Any law or policy must have been adopted with a neutral or non-religious purpose.

2. The principle or primary effect of any law or policy must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion.

3. The statute or policy must not result in an “excessive entanglement” of government with religion.

If any government entity’s actions fit into one of these three, then it is a violation of the Establishment Clause.

The Air Force has strict rules on religious neutrality. This is binding on everyone at the academy.

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.

AFI 1-1 passes the Lemon Test because it is a religious-neutral policy within our government entity; the military.

Dominionist Christianity is the ONLY religion that consistently oversteps the rules and laws set out in the military. All other religions and mainline Christians work within them and cause no problems. If they did, we would be on it.

The Cadets just went through training on religious neutrality (AFI 1-1) but this one Cadet decided to ignore it. Twenty nine Cadets and four staff at the academy recognized the blatant disregard (insubordination) of the rules and came to us for help because the academy failed them.

When one joins the military, he/she gives up some rights in order to have cohesion and good order in the unit. They are not allowed to speak back to their superior or disparage the President. They are not to speak about politics or religion in public while in uniform. They are to obey every rule and command even if they disagree with it.

No Cadet has to give up their Christianity. They are still free to talk about it in the hallway with a friend, go to chapel, attend a Bible study, bow their head in prayer at meal time, etc. We encourage this. But they are not allowed to post religious things in common/secular areas (hallways) especially on a whiteboard owned by a person in authority.

If you are not a Dominionist Christian then you need to realize that you are helping their cause to your detriment and the mainline Christians in the military.

I suggest you go to our website www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org click on “About” and then click on “Foundation Voices.” Scroll through and see the honorable and distinguished military personnel that we rely on for their expertise in military law.

I will pray that you and your church pray for the protection and rights of all Christians – regardless of the denomination – in our military as we do.

Pastor Joan

MRFF Advisory Board Member

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2 Comments

  1. Gayle

    I’d like to know if you would have made a fuss (or if the anon spineless cadet who complained) if the quote was from the Quran, the Tipitaka, the Bhagavad Gita, the Avesta, or the Aqdas and Kitab-i-Iqan? I think not.

  2. Constitution Defender

    Not at all. There could have been any religious verse posted on the white board with no repercussions.

    The MRFF is an anti-Christian hate group. Just look at Mikey Weinstein’s ludicrous quotes:

    “It clearly elevated one religious faith (fundamentalist Christianity) over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution,” he said. “It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at USAFA.”

    This demagogue asserts that the USAFA is a “…virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution…”

    Weinstein does not operate in the real world and his personal chip on his shoulder against Christians animates this delusion. I hope pro-First Amendment legal entities tie him up in court and bankrupt the MRFF.

    The MRFF has no shame and is operating within the same framework of Marxist-Leninist atheism that seeks to eliminate religion from the public square. The public must be educated about this anti-American hate group. Post the news articles about the Bible dry erase board story to the public. Raise public awareness of what is happening within our military. Defend the Constitution!

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