Really?

As a veteran, I must tell you how appalled I am at the content of your organization.

You do not want the military to take part in a day of prayer, yet you claim to be a “Religious Freedom” group?

Even your atheist beliefs should understand that this country was built on the foundation of “Religious Freedom” ! By the way, that means ” to be able to freely pursue and worship ones religious beliefs”!

So, my suggestion is…Stay quiet, let our soldiers and sailors pray if they wish ( Freedom of Religion), and if someone is having religion forced upon them, then open your yaps! (Oh, maybe you should relocate to the middle east where that religion is forced upon its citizens, and they are killed if they believe in another religion).

Please start using your heads for something other than a hat rack. Geez….

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

Thank you for your service to our nation. It is, and always will be, greatly valued and appreciated. Although I have no military experience, I am very proud to work with many retired and active duty military members at MRFF who have a very different perspective on what they were, are, and will be fighting for. The MRFF’s staff, supporters, and clients are for the most part active, active reserve, retired, or former members of the US Armed Forces. Our numbers include ranks from private to flag officers, from all branches of the service, and specialties ranging from support to front-line combat arms. Service eras represented in the MRFF’s ranks include WW II, Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf I and the present GWOT. Many hold personal decorations, including the Purple Heart for wounds received in action, and for valor ranging from the Bronze Star w/ V and the Silver Star medals, the Army, Navy, and AF Crosses. One holds the Medal of Honor.

The MRFF staff (paid and volunteers) is composed of approximately 75% Christians of varying sects (mainly Protestant, including evangelical), 15% Jews, and 10% all others, including Hindus, Muslims, and various other faiths, as well as free-thinkers of various types, including atheists and agnostics. You are either ignorant by choice or lazy in your research. Either way, accusations based on ignorance are thinly veiled attempts to provide weak justification for pre-conceptions and prejudices.

I am a Christian (Episcopalian in fact) who fully supports Mikey’s and MRFF’s attempt to protect members of the U.S. Military from unconstitutional religious influence in relation to their training, assignment, advancement, retention and benefits. In other words, I’m not an atheist. My belief in Christ and his teachings (i.e. faith) is not so feeble as to make me feel the need to prop up my Christian faith and heritage with government approved crutches. To do so as a patriotic American would be weak willed and would come at the expense of my duty to protect and defend my Constitution and the secular democratic republic it established.

I agree whole heartedly that Freedom of Religion means “to be able to freely pursue and worship ones religious beliefs” (…by the way, this means without government interference or support). You should try to understand the words you use, it usually strengthens your argument.

Your suggestion of relocation to the Middle East is par for the course from all too many who don’t understand the clear parallels between the Christian Dominionists (…as in the Shirley Dobson’s, NDP Task Force types) and the incestuous government/religion relationship that exists in other countries and many are unconstitutionally trying to impose here. Those seeking to justify or willing to ignore these government sponsored religious activities within the U.S Military clearly have a greater affinity for Middle Eastern style government than anyone at MRFF does. Should fundamentalist of other religious faiths engage in the same type of activity within the U.S. Military, MRFF’s responses will be exactly the same. MRFF’s actions are based solely on vetted complaints from clients.

In closing, please feel free to look up Dominionists or 7-Mountains Theology if you need some help here.

Thanks again for your service and willingness to re-examine your baseless accusation.

Sincerely,

Andy Kasehagen

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