Please ask your retarded husband why he wants, and feels the need to be such an obvious asshole. Why does he not grow some juevos and publicly tell all of us why he has such a rat up his ass about religion, especially Christian? Even if he hates religion what harm does it do to allow others their faith. Your husband is a straight line agitator and for no good reason accept I guess his twisted perceptions of what is important. At least religion helps some people to deal with life in a positive way but for the life of me the only thing I see your husband doing is stroking his ego with no real positive effect on anything except maybe his hateful psyche. What a waste of human tissue.
Dear (name withheld),
Bonnie and Mikey have both read your email and shared it with me, asking if I would offer a response. I’m a Christian, a USAF veteran, and an MRFF supporter. One of the ways that I assist is with email correspondence such as this, a task that I normally enjoy a great deal.
This time, though, I’ve got to challenge you on a personal level —–
Why in the world would you send such a nasty note to a very nice lady about her husband? Based on your email address it seems you are married (as am I). So for you to make such a vile personal attack through a spouse is — and I say this gently as I can — completely gutless and totally lacking in “juevos”.
That said, the general content of your note, being long on unpleasant attitude and short on specifics, makes it difficult to craft a response.. but I will try my best.
I can assure you that Mikey does not “hate religion”, nor does he have “twisted perceptions” about it. He does not do what he does to “stroke his ego”, nor because he has a “hateful psyche”. Finally, and perhaps most importantly (at least to Mikey) — to my knowledge he does not have, nor has he ever had, a “rat up his ass”.
What he DOES possess is an honorable, steadfast and courageous commitment to stand opposed to hateful people such as yourself, sometimes at great personal risk, in order to lead an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The fact that such a logical and reasonable goal would cause someone like you to lose his mind is, in my opinion, ample evidence that there is a need for a watchdog organization such as MRFF.
Christian, AF Veteran, MRFF Supporter
Dear (name withheld),
Please ask your retarded… No. I take that back. It would be beneath me to lower myself to your level.
For that matter, I intend to use proper spelling (it’s “huevos”, not “juevos”), grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, as well. Oh, and no profanity.
Mikey Weinstein asked me to respond, a couple days ago. Sorry I couldn’t get to this, sooner, but I was busy doing other things to protect our American citizenry from misguided missiles of Christian defense, like yourself. The fact is, nearly 40,000 individuals have come to Mikey for help, because their military chains of command were attacking them, and 96% were being attacked for being Christians! Wait. Let me clarify that: They were being attacked for not being Christian enough.
So, Paul, what do you think is Christian enough? Do you think you’re Christian enough? Well, what if your boss said you weren’t, and that you had to go to his church, believe in his version of God, and follow his particular religious rituals, or you’d get the most dangerous assignments? What if your refusal meant going to prison for disobeying a military order? Would that be acceptable?
Such behavior is illegal according to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a couple centuries of case law, as well. Every military member must take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution” — not the nation, not the politicians, not the land — “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That Constitution is the absolute foundation of our nation, our land, and the laws our politicians, who also take that oath, write — or should write. Those who, within our military (as that is MRFF’s focus), use their rank and power to force their religion on others or mistreat others for not being what they consider the right religion, are breaking their oath, breaking the law, and working in breach of the rights of their underlings. This has to stop.
You can be part of the problem or part of the solution. The choice is yours.
An American veteran, proud patriot, and staunch MRFF supporter
Dear (name withheld),
I’m tempted to assume Susan is neither as angry nor as ignorant as you are and address this message to her. The temptation arises from the fact that you were classless enough to send your pitiful and obnoxious message to Mikey’s wife. But I won’t stoop to your level and insult Susan. I’ll send this to you in the hope that a little information will seep into your brain and enlighten you at least a small amount.
Unlike you, apparently, Mikey believes everyone has the right to her or his own belief system. He founded the MRFF because that right was being attacked by zealots who wanted to impose their belief on those in the military who had no recourse because the wrongdoers were officers and others in positions senior to them.
Like Mikey, we at the MRFF feel that everyone should have the right to believe as she or he chooses. We oppose the use of one’s position to push a religious faith on those in inferior positions. We oppose it because it is wrong, because it is illegal and because it is unfair, especially in a hierarchical relationship like that of the military.
I hope that is clear and helps you understand a little more about the reality of the situation into which you have inserted yourself in such a boorish manner.
You see, it doesn’t matter to the MRFF if the proselytizing is done by a Muslim, a Buddhist, an atheist or a Christian. It is wrong in any instance. However, when this is done by a fundamentalist Christian, as is the case in our military, people like you leap to the assumption that Mikey and the MRFF are anti-Christian and fire off brutish assaults filled with wrong-headed opinions and lots of foul language.
You assume a great deal, Paul, on the basis of no meaningful information at all, and you embarrass yourself and your wife in the process. Your pig-headed assumptions are entirely incorrect and if you have any pride or sense of personal honor I suggest you send a message of apology immediately.
Everyone makes mistakes, Paul, and you’ve made one big time. Fortunately Mikey is a big man and strong enough to withstand this kind of stupid assault. But your kind of nonsense is not easy on Bonnie, who unfortunately has to deal with boorish assaults like yours too often. So let’s see what kind of man you are.
(MRFF Board of Advisors)
Dear (names withheld),
Bonnie appreciates your letter but is very busy dealing with issues concerning MRFF and the almost 40,000 complaints we have received from our young men and women in the Armed Forces who have been subjected to command centered and coercive Christian proselytizing.
She has asked me to follow up on your note.
First, Mr. Weinstein is not retarded. He is an honor graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, an Air Force veteran, a lawyer and a White House Council during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Secondly, he has founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to help guarantee religious freedom to each and every member of the armed forces.
We of the MRFF have no bias against Christianity but only against those who attempt to use Christianity to advance their personal agendas to the detriment of others.
It is our goal to keep government religion neutral and fair and balanced for members of all faiths.
Although your letter was insulting and the work of a very disturbed person we make it a point to fairly answer each communication, fair or biased.
Capt. USAF (Ret)