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Dear Mikey,

You are a sham, a farce, a fraud and an evil. You speak out of a severe lack of understanding of life itself. The separation of church and state is to PROTECT the church from the state, and I believe you know this. How you, and many others of your kind, have perverted it, is beyond obvious.

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

I’ve been asked to respond to your email, as Mikey is busy handling cases of religious extremists trying to force their religious views on subordinates and others in our military.

Of course, the extremists want to claim that they have a Constitutional right to the freedom to push their religion down the throats of others. They even believe such rights allow them to threaten the careers, lives, and families of those whom they target, protecting them if they carry out such egregious action, all in the name of religious faith.

Have you heard their most recent claims? They claim Jesus wants everyone to carry an AR-15 assault rifle, just as Jesus, himself, will — any day, now — when he returns to start Armageddon. It would come as no surprise if some believe they might be hand-picked by Jesus, himself, to actually start Armageddon. Ever heard or read about the live nuclear warheads flown from Minot AFB in North Dakota to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana? It made the news, because it was done so soon after 9/11 and without orders from the chain of command. They decided to call it “an accident.” Another “accident” came to light six months later: Some of our nuclear detonators were found on the other side of the world, in Taiwan, having been “accidentally” shipped there two years earlier — even closer to, but still after and not before, 9/11. Do you start to get the picture, now? Google both of these, as the stories are unbelievable; you have to prove them to yourself.

Back to issues within the ranks of our military, there is a Constitutional entry nicknamed “separation of church and state.” A military member, in uniform and/or during the duty day, and/or on base in public areas (not to include the chapel), and/or in any other wise appearing to represent government may not, by law, use his or her position of governmental influence to push his or her religion.

Outside of that, the military member is an individual who may do whatever he or she wishes, and with Mikey’s, my, and all of MRFF’s support.

As it turns out, that 96% of the over 35,000 military members and military-connected individuals who have reached out to Mikey for support are mainstream Christians. Why would they do that? Because the extremists in their ranks — extremists who also claim to be Christian — treat them as being “not Christian enough.” Imagine that.

To learn more, you don’t have to go to the MRFF website. Just google “dominionist”, “seven mountains”, and then, for a more military view, Jeff Sharlet’s cover article about U.S. Army tanks painted with “Jesus killed Mohammed”, being used to provoke violence as a cover for murder in one of the Muslim countries in which our military operates. That brings up the third critical aspect of this issue: That extremists on one side fire up terrorism from extremists on the other. Add “Jesus rifles” and “Jesus loves nukes” to the list of things you should google, to see what’s really going on.

Finally, imagine the self-proclaimed Christians who insist on such illegal and dangerous behavior within our military ranks decides to enact a coup and take over control of our government. Do you think you will be “Christian enough” to brutalize others, in order to stay in their good graces? And, even more importantly, is that what Jesus would have you do?

Signed,
A staunch MRFF supporter and military veteran who has, already, been so targeted.


Dear (name withheld),

Thank you for your note to MRFF.

I seem to recall a popular Biblical saying. “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” It appears religion has made you a tad judgmental.

The separation of church and state is mutually protective of church and government and thereby the American people both religious and non-religious.

MRFF’s main goal is to guarantee the freedom of religion to all members of the armed forces in part by identifying and helping to remove those who attempt use religion to control others

Command centered coercive Christian based proselytizing has been a problem in the military for some time especially at our service academies and military training facilities.

Occasionally, a military member makes an innocent mistake such as what the cadet with the religious quote on his whiteboard did. You see, a Supreme Court ruling (Lemon Vs. Kurzman, 1971) prohibits anyone in government, including Public Education and the Armed Forces from publicly advancing, promoting, favoring or proselytizing one religion over another or religion over non-religion. Air Force Regulation 1-1 also addresses that religious activity.

The cadet corps should have been reminded of those cautions.

MRFF has no desire to curb free religious expression that complies with constitutional provision and statute law to which Religion is still subject.

Oh, Linda, how sad. How did you ever confuse the separation of church and state to mean the protection of the church? And which church, by the way? The Founders of this country chose to protect the freedom of choice for the people, so that they could choose any religious belief that was to their liking, or no religious belief if that was more to their liking.

I suppose one could consider the freedom of religious choice to mean protection of the church from the state, at least in the sense that allowing people to choose freely whether they wanted to be affiliated with any church or no church gives freedom to the people so that those who choose a church are in it of their own choice and are not forced by anyone to belong to one particuar church.

Other than that, I don’t understand your very idiosyncratic interpretation of the separation of church and state, but my sense is that you really don’t either.

As far as someone being a sham, a farce, a fraud and an evil (an evil?), I have a couple of nominations for you to consider. They are those who insist their church is the only right one and that everyone else, no matter their belief, is wrong.

Think about it.

Best,

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Advisory Board)

Rick Baker
Capt. USAF (Ret)
MRFF Volunteer


Dear (name withheld),

Oh, (name withheld), how sad. How did you ever confuse the separation of church and state to mean the protection of the church? And which church, by the way? The Founders of this country chose to protect the freedom of choice for the people, so that they could choose any religious belief that was to their liking, or no religious belief if that was more to their liking.

I suppose one could consider the freedom of religious choice to mean protection of the church from the state, at least in the sense that allowing people to choose freely whether they wanted to be affiliated with any church or no church gives freedom to the people so that those who choose a church are in it of their own choice and are not forced by anyone to belong to one particuar church.

Other than that, I don’t understand your very idiosyncratic interpretation of the separation of church and state, but my sense is that you really don’t either.

As far as someone being a sham, a farce, a fraud and an evil (an evil?), I have a couple of nominations for you to consider. They are those who insist their church is the only right one and that everyone else, no matter their belief, is wrong.

Think about it.

Best,

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Advisory Board)


Thank you, Mike!

I always want to ask – WHICH church do you wish protected? Are you Dominionists prepared to accept Holy Mary, Mother of God? The Pope? Are Catholics ready for the End Times in which you don’t believe at all?

Of course they all think it’s THEIR church, but the unseen struggle is that even those who rally together around gay bashing, racial separation, dislike of government in fact have NOTHING other than slavering hate to unite them.

When I was escorting women into clinics in Buffalo, NY, we discovered very early in the experience that the Catholics thought the Dominionists were bound for hell…and vice versa. There is no unity on the issue of Christian Supremacy because there is no unity among them on which ‘Christianity’ it is.

Beautifully said, Mike. Thank you so much!

Libby

Elizabeth Sholes
Director of Special Projects
California Council of Churches/CA Church IMPACT
4044 Pasadena Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821
916-488-7300

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