So sad. This is so wrong. America certainly was built on Christian principles.

So sad. This is so wrong. America certainly was built on Christian principles.

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

Thank you for contacting the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) with your concerns. Mikey asked me to respond to you.
Mikey – who is Jewish – is the face, founder and President of MRFF but 75% of those on the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters are mainline Christians. 96% of the over 34,000+ clients (1 soldier may represent 50) are Christian. Some of the complainants are even Christian Chaplains.

MRFF does not act on its own but at the request of soldiers and their complaints of the blatant disregard and trampling of the Constitution and the Military Code of Justice; blurring the lines between the separation of church and state. Every complaint is vetted by Mikey who was a JAG lawyer at the Air Force Academy for 10 years; worked in the West Wing under Ronald Reagan; and held positions in private practice.

It is sad and it is so wrong that some people have a revisionist mentality to believe that America was built on Christian principles. Morals are universal no matter what religion you follow. I know atheists who have the same fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control… ‘Galatians 25:22-23) placed upon their hearts and live it better than the Christians do.

What Christian principles built America?

Was it the Puritans that sought “refuge” here because of the intolerance towards them in England and Holland because they wanted to “purify” the Church of England and failed, yet they themselves were intolerant of other sects of Christianity, other religions and those of no faith? Was it the taxation of the people to support churches? Was it the very strict adherence to the bible as infallible? Was it the punishments that were meted out according to the bible? Or was it because they slaughtered over 600 Pequot “heathen” Indians with the help of the Mohegan and Narraganset Indians called the “Pequot War” where they burnt many Indians alive? Is this what America is built on?

“William Bradford, in his famous History of the Plymouth Plantation, celebrated the Pequot massacre:

“Those that scraped the fire were slaine with the sword; some hewed to peeces, others rune throw with their rapiers, so as they were quickly dispatchte, and very few escapted. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fyer (burned alive), and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stincke and sente there of, but the victory seemed a sweete sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them, thus to inclose their enemise in their hands, and give them so speedy a victory over so proud and insulting an enimie.”

How do you slaughter a whole tribe because of the misdeeds of a few, in the name of Jesus?

Or was America built on punishments such as the stocks (where the legs are placed); the pillory (where the head and hands are placed while standing and people threw stones and garbage at them and they soiled themselves while being there for so long); the whipping post; dunking; trying kids are young as 8 as adults; being punished for marrying outside of the white race and if you had a bi-racial child, it was placed into servitude until the age of 31; forced to go to church under penalty; and the most egregious – the Salem Witch Trials in 1692-1693?

“More than once it has been said, too, that the Salem witchcraft was the rock on which the theocracy shattered.” George Lincoln Burr

Or was it the Toleration Acts?

The Toleration Acts of 1645 and 1647 while we are still under English control and less than 30 years from the landing of the Mayflower.

On Oct. 27, 1645, the English House of Commons ordered “that the inhabitants of the Bermudas, and of all other American plantations now or hereafter planted, should, without molestation or trouble, have and enjoy the liberty of conscience in matters of God’s worship.”

In 1647 Parliament passed another act, allowing all persons to meet for religious duties and ordinances in a fit place, provided the public peace was not disturbed.

The Toleration Act of 1647 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

At a General Court of Elections, held at Portsmouth, beginning May 19, 1647, for ” the colony and province of Providence,” after adopting many acts and orders concerning the government and for the punishment of crimes, it was decreed that ” These are the laws that concern all men, and these are the penalties for the transgression thereof, which by common consent are ratified and established throughout the whole colony; and otherwise than thus, what is herein forbidden, all men may walk as their consciences persuade them, everyone in the name of his God.” This act of toleration was so broad and absolute that it would include Christian, Jew, Mohammedan, Parsee, Buddhist, or pagan.

The Toleration Act of 1649 in Maryland Colony.

The Maryland toleration act (1649) was the joint work of Roman Catholics and Protestants. The General Assembly at that time was composed of eight Roman Catholics and sixteen Protestants—three councilors, and five burgesses were Roman Catholics, and the governor (William Stone), six councilors, and nine burgesses were Protestants. The act did not establish absolute toleration.

The General Assembly of Maryland, convened at St. Mary’s, April 2, 1649, after enacting severe punishments for the crime of blasphemy, and declaring that certain penalties should be inflicted upon any one who should call another a sectarian name of reproach, adopted the declaration that ” whereas the enforcing of conscience in matters of religion hath frequently fallen out to be of dangerous consequence in those commonwealths where it has been practiced, and for the more quiet and peaceable government of this province, and the better to preserve mutual love and unity among the inhabitants, . . . no person or persons whatsoever within this province, or the islands, posts, harbors, creeks, or havens thereunto belonging, professing to believe in Jesus Christ, shall from henceforth be anyways troubled or molested or discountenanced for or in respect of his or her religion, nor in the free exercise thereof, within the province or the islands thereunto belonging, nor any way compelled to the belief or exercise of any other religion against his or her conscience.”

All Christian religions were accepted.

Virginia Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom was signed on January 19, 1786 and was the forerunner for the First Amendment to the Constitution.

SECTION I. That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.
SEC. 16. That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of ALL to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity toward each other.
Or is it the Constitution that built America?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . “(1st Amendment)

“. . . no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” (Article VI, Section III)
Our military is a government entity and must remain secular. Any person that wants to don the uniform of a branch of our military is free to do so with the express admonition from the Constitution to not exalt one religion over another.

We are not trying to rid our military of Christianity. What we are trying to stop is an extreme form of Christianity that believes they are the only true form of it and all other mainline Christians are not of the “right kind” or “born-again” and are going to hell. They are attempting to turn our soldiers into “Warriors for Christ” and that every war is a “Crusade.”

The fundamental, dominionist Puritans died out centuries ago but fast forward to today and we see this same type of thinking by the “born-again” sect of Christianity. The Puritans have been resurrected in our military! This extreme form of Dominionist/Fundamental/Evangelical Christianity is relentless in its in-your-face religious proselytizing to other soldiers by the military personnel all the way up to the Commander. They have usurped the office of the Chaplains. They have harassed, beaten, withheld advancements and drummed soldiers out of the military on trumped up charges, all in the name of Jesus. They believe in cleansing the military of all of those that do not believe in the sect they do.

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.”

We are not trying to rid our military of Christianity. What we are trying to stop is this extreme form of Christianity that believes they are the only true form of it and all other mainline Christians are not of the “right kind” or “born-again” and are going to hell. They are attempting to turn our soldiers into “Warriors for Christ” and that every war is a “Crusade.”

As stated above – 96% of our 34,000+ clients are mainline Christians who are suffering at the hands of these modern day Puritans. We are an agent in holding our military to the Constitution and the Military Code of Justice and stopping our military bases from being turned into a church that practices only one sect of Christianity.

Our name reflects our mission: The Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

We are not the Military Religious-Free Foundation.

I hope this clears up any misinformation you might have heard. For more information please visit our website – www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org – click on “About” and go to “Foundation Voices.” I think you will be surprised to see a former Ambassador, 2 Governors, a Noble Peace Prize winner, religious leaders, distinguished military personnel all the way up to a Brigadier General and those of other walks of life.

We have also been nominated 5 times for the Noble Peace Prize.

And Mikey has been chosen as one of the 100 Most Influential People by the Department of Defense. http://special.defensenews.com/people/short-list.php

Blessings.

Pastor Joan


Thank you for responding it was interesting to read your defense. I can only tell you that for me and millions of others and for our forefathers, Christianity has given us peace, comfort, joy, and love. Our God is love. Our God supplies our needs. Our God gave His only Son that we might have life eternal. this is a gift we cannot earn. For the founding fathers they prayed for direction in writing our constitution, Gods Hand was in that. They gave homepage to our God in our monuments, in their writings. To me it’s very easy to see Gods will in the development of America. Christianity has brought comfort to our military for generations. I can’t see how this is offensive to anyone. It’s a message of hope and love.

(name withheld)


> I am a Christian, too, but the founding fathers never prayed for God’s guidance.
> A few Christian fundamentalists attempt to convince us to return to the Christianity of early America, yet according to the historian, Robert T. Handy, “No more than 10 percent– probably less– of Americans in 1800 were members of congregations.”
> “The Founding Fathers, also, rarely practiced Christian orthodoxy. Although they supported the free exercise of any religion, they understood the dangers of religion. Most of them believed in deism and attended Freemasonry lodges. According to John J. Robinson, “Freemasonry had been a powerful force for religious freedom.” Freemasons took seriously the principle that men should worship according to their own conscience. Masonry welcomed anyone from any religion or non-religion, as long as they believed in a Supreme Being. Washington, Franklin, Hancock, Hamilton, Lafayette, and many others accepted Freemasonry.
> The Constitution reflects our founder’s views of a secular government, protecting the freedom of any belief or unbelief. The historian, Robert Middlekauff, observed, “the idea that the Constitution expressed a moral view seems absurd. There were no genuine evangelicals in the Convention, and there were no heated declarations of Christian piety.”
> “The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.”
> ~John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” 1787-1788
> “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” James Madison
> “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.”
> ~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
> “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
> ~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814
>
> “God has appointed two kinds of government in the world, which are distinct in their nature, and ought never to be confounded together; one of which is called civil, the other ecclesiastical government.”
> ~Founding Father Isaac Backus, An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty, 1773
>
> “Question with boldness even the existence of a god.”
> Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787
>
> “During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.”
> “What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not.”
> James Madison 1785 Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments
>
> “Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.”
> As Thomas Jefferson wrote in his Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

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