alone

To anti military, anti religion people,  you.
 
Go back to worshiping obama or allah or whoever and leave us Christians alone.
 
We mind our own business, you do the same.
 
Thank you,
(name withheld)

Dear (name withheld),
It’s obvious that you’re not minding your own business by writing this email.
We are pro-military, pro-religion and politically neutral.
Mikey is Jewish and 75% of the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are Christians. In fact, 96% of our 41,000+ soldier clients (1 can represent up to 50 and 1 represents 100) are Christians. So, we fight for the rights of Christians more than any other religion.
MRFF does not act on its own but at the request of a soldier or soldiers’ 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.
We also rely on our military supporters for their expertise in all matters concerning the military and religion. To name just a few that you may heard of:
Board Member – Major William E. Barker
Board Member – Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV
Advisory Board Member – Lawrence Wilkerson – Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff (2002-05).
Let me clear up some facts that the media is deliberately withholding from you.
The issue is that he showed up in uniform at a civilian event.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force is not the National Day of Prayer signed into law by President Truman in 1952.
The National Day of Prayer is celebrated by Americans of many religions, including Christians of many denominations, including Protestants and Catholics, as well as SikhsMuslimsHindus, and Jews, reflecting the demographics of the United States. On the National Day of Prayer, many Americans assemble in prayer in front of courthouses, as well as in houses of worship, such as churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. Luncheons, picnics, and music performances revolving around praying for the nation are also popular observances. Traditionally, the President of the United States issues an official National Day of Prayer proclamation each year as well.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force is strictly a conservative evangelical Christian organization called the “National Prayer Committee” that was formed to coordinate and implement a fixed annual day of prayer for the purpose of organizing evangelical Christian prayer events with local, state, and federal government entities.
The National Day of Prayer is sanctioned by the government where the National Day of Prayer Task Force is not.
If he had showed up in civilian clothes there wouldn’t have been a problem.
Parker v. Levy:
“This Court has long recognized that the military is, by necessity, a specialized society separate from civilian society… While the members of the military are not excluded from the protection granted by the First Amendment, the different character of the military community and of the military mission requires a different application of those protections. … The fundamental necessity for obedience, and the consequent necessity for imposition of discipline, may render permissible within the military that which would be constitutionally impermissible outside it… Speech [to include religious speech] that is protected in the civil population may nonetheless undermine the effectiveness of response to command.  If it does, it is constitutionally unprotected.” (Emphasis added) Parker v. Levy, 417 U.S. 733, 1974
Our military consists of those of other beliefs and by giving his speech on Christianity in uniform – which gives the impression to the world that we have a Christian military – demeans the morale of those of other faiths. His speech is constitutionally unprotected.
Air Force Instruction 1-1, Section 2.12:
2.12. Balance of Free Exercise of Religion and Establishment Clause. Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for their own free exercise of
religion, including individual expressions of religious beliefs, and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. They must ensure their
words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief, or absence of belief. (emphasis added)
The violation of this – by speaking in uniform – is a potential FELONY under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Civilian laws and military rules and regulations are different.
Because Major General Craig S. Olson showed up in uniform to give his speech, he is also providing an unlawful endorsement and selective benefit to a non-Federal entity
(the NDPTF, which is a private organization), in violation of both the Joint Ethics Regulation (DoD 5500.7-R) prohibition on endorsement of non-Federal entities and DoD Instruction 5410.19, which prohibits the providing of a selective benefit or preferential treatment to any private organization.
We didn’t make up these laws, our government and military did. We’re making sure they abide by them.
You have been deceived by the media for omitting these pertinent facts.
Pastor Joan
MRFF Advisory Board Member

Dear (name withheld):

I am writing in response to your May 17, 2015 email to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (“MRFF”).  You are clearly confused or misinformed regarding the mission of MRFF.  I hope I can provide some clarity for you.

First, MRFF is neither anti-military nor anti-religion.  Not only is Mikey Weinstein, the founder of MRFF, a 1977 Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, but numerous MRFF board members and volunteers have had distinguished military careers.  MRFF is devoted to protecting the Constitutional rights of the brave men and women who sacrifice so much in order to protect our Constitutional rights and those who have served in the military are in the best position to assist service members who are being forced to give up these rights.  Further, MRFF works tirelessly to assist service members of all faiths who suffer discrimination or persecution as a result of their religious faith, or no faith at all.  In fact, more than 95% of MRFF clients are Christians who are accused by their superiors of being the “wrong type” of Christian or not being “Christian enough.”

Second, MRFF does not worship President Obama or Allah or any other person or deity.  I assume that your statement is intended to insult or degrade both the President and practicing Muslims, but rather than explaining how this intent is misinformed and offensive, I will focus on the purpose of MRFF.  MRFF’s mission is to prevent wrongful proselytizing, discrimination, and persecution by ensuring that military leaders adhere to the mandates of the Constitution.  As I am sure you know, the First Amendment prohibits the establishment of any religion.  Additionally, Article VI states, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust.”  MRFF understands these restrictions and would take action to remedy any violation of them regardless of whether such violations endorsed Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or any other religion.  To the extent you believe that MRFF only challenges the actions of Christians, that is simply because the overwhelming majority of complaints it receives every day involve the actions of fundamentalist Christians.

MRFF receives many complaints every day from service members experiencing religious discrimination or persecution.  Consequently, MRFF cannot “mind its own business,” as you suggest – to do so would allow thousands of men and women in uniform to be stripped of their right of religious freedom.  It should also be noted that, in light of the fact that so many complaints concern wrongful proselytization by fundamentalist Christians, it seems that many Christians do not “mind their own business,” as you claim, but instead use their military authority to coerce those under their command into converting to Christianity.

I hope I have understood your concerns and adequately addressed them.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, I will be happy to address those as well.

 

Blessed be,

 

Tobanna Barker

MRFF Volunteer

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