Not A Hate Mail


I have been following news about your organization for a while now, and I read this morning some excerpts of the hate mail you all had recieved for challenging commonplace of Christian supremacy that causes many problems for those outside that faith community. I want to thank you for your working to bring fairness and respect for the different faith practices of our armed forces.

I don’t know if you’ll read this, but I figured some non-hate mail (or “Christian Love” i.e. fire/brimstone) would bring some lightness to your important work. Please continue to rock on.


(name withheld)

Good Afternoon, (name withheld) –
Thanks very much for writing to MRFF.  Mikey Weinstein has read your email and asked me to offer a quick response.  You may be interested to learn that every email received at MRFF gets read by Mikey, and every email gets at least one response — although sometimes it’s not possible to actually get a reply back to some of the nastier emails, which come from folks hiding behind bogus email addresses.  Those responses error out when we send them, but we still craft replies to everyone.  So whenever we get an email address from a real person at a real email address, such as yourself, we really like that.
That said, I appreciate that you took the time to write and offer some support and encouragement.  As you already seem to appreciate quite well, this battle is difficult, and is one in which we are too often wrongly characterized as anti-religion generally, and anti-Christian specifically.  Personally, I find that to be especially ironic (and annoying), because I am a lifelong, committed Christian myself (and a USAF Academy graduate – ’85 –  and Air Force veteran.)
But even as a person of deep faith, I recognize that we live in a very diverse and pluralistic society, one where the Constitutional rights of everyone deserve equal protection.  Some of my fellow Christians seem to have gotten used to being a dominant (and domineering) voice in society, and have developed a skewed perspective whereby they believe that if they don’t get preferential treatment and prominence, then they must be victims of discrimination.  It’s unfortunate that a relatively small minority of Christian Dominionists can create such trouble, but that just means that Christians like me, who understand that it’s possible to love and serve God AND still respect the Constitutional rights of others, must make our own voices heard.
One of the great things about MRFF is that it allows someone like me to join forces with many other people, some religious and some not, but all possessing great integrity and honor.  What binds us together is a common belief in liberty, and a commitment to fight on behalf of military members who often are not in a position to advocate for themselves when over-exuberant leaders try to foist personal sectarian beliefs on them.
I encourage you to continue following this important issue, and if you see opportunities to get involved, jump right in.  We welcome the support and involvement of anyone who values true religious liberty… for everyone.
Again, thanks very much for writing. I wish you all the best in your doctoral studies.
Mike Challman
Christian, Veteran, MRFF Supporter

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