Shame on you!

Sir,

Your pedigree is impressive with your families military academy education. But what went wrong?? You got hazed? Grow a pair and get over it.

I too was an AF officer, and you are an embarrassment to all of us. How dare you turn around and bite the proverbial hand that fed you Get a life! Leave the cadets alone, our country was based upon our belief in God. If you don’t like it then leave!

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

Sometimes MRFF and Mikey Weinstein forward MRFF email to MRFF members to respond to. I got yours today.

First, let me thank your for your service to our nation.

The problem is ‘what religion shall the US Government advance?’ Religion is waaay to diverse for the government to back one sect or branch or whatever. Who will decide? How will it decide?

Recently, the Dominionist branch of Christianity has sought to insert itself as the ‘national religion.’ I doubt if you’d find anything as overt as my statement there in their literature or message, but their actions suggest to me that the Doninionists believe they carry the banner for the ‘one righht and true religion’ which they believe the US government should advance.

Myself, I’ll fight with you for our country, but I’ll not fight for your god.

How ’bout we just leave religion out of the government. You can believe anything you want to PRIVATELY.

Mark Gray
MRFF Supporter


Oh, (name withheld),

How silly can you be? Mr. Weinstein is a hero to the thousands of men and women in the military whom he has helped with his advocacy for freedom of religion. He did fine at the Academy and throughout his service, thanks, and has done as well or better since.

It’s actually the religious proselytizers who are doing harm to the Academy – actually Academies – and the service, but we’re making sure they don’t get away with it. They, like you, seem to think “our country was based upon our belief in God,” but they go what may be a step further than you and dictate who that God is, how one pays obeisance to Him, and who one must affiliate oneself with in order to properly do so. It’s actually a pretty sick situation and people like you, who jump on their bandwagon, give them strength, sometimes without realizing it. In your case, I’m not sure.

In any event, we’re staying here and we’ll continue to be watchful to ensure that government bodies, like the U.S. Military, do not become the tools of religious zealots.

Best,

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Advisory Board)


Dear (name withheld),

I am a classmate of Mikey’s and want to assure you that he has a pair of balls – huge ones, in fact.

Currently there is a cancer in the U.S. military and it’s called “Christian Dominionism” as well as the “American Taliban”. These are people like you who falsely believe that the U.S. government is a theocracy.

I suggest you get out your Constitution and read it. It’s frightening to believe that you work for the city of Irving and have such a distorted view of the Constitution and the process of the forming of our constitutional government. While many of the “founding fathers” believed in a single god, they were very specific in keeping religion out of the government.

Christian dominionists extremist belief that the U.S. military is an instrument of Christian state is extremely dangerous to the safety of U.S. military personnel around the world. You, sir, are putting these soldiers at unneeded risk. And you, sir, are the true embarrassment to our country and military.

I’m sure that you would be apoplectic with anger if upperclass cadets were posting Koran verses on the whiteboards outside their rooms. Or if Academy instructors were telling their cadet students on the first day of class that the key to an “A” was the Koran. So, you hypocrite, why don’t you grow up and get a pair of balls.

A Service Academy is not a regular school. The U.S. military is not a private business. Superiors at the Academy and in the U.S. military don’t get to express their personal religious beliefs to their inferiors because it implies a special privilege for those who actively follow the same. That is what separation of church and state means.

Since your beliefs are so out of whack with the Constitution, why don’t you leave your government job and go work for your church. Stop forcing your religion on others. We don’t want to hear it.

Signed, Ray Bartlett

1977 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, retired Lt. Col.

P.S. I’ll bet the city of Irving is really excited about you using their e-mail servers to send out your religious claptrap.

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