Freedom of Speech

Its called FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Its his personal choice to choose God. He can believe anyway he chooses, as can you.  Get over it!
 
                                                  
                         Not looking like I will meet you in heaven,
(name withheld)

Dear (name withheld),
 
No one here at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is stopping Major General Craig Olson from being a Christian; we endorse it.
 
In fact, 75% of those on the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters are Christians. Ninety six percent of our 41,000+ soldier clients are Christians. We fight for the rights of Christians more than any others.
 
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 purpose of this evangelical group is to gain dominion over every aspect of our lives by way of the 7 Mountains Mandate. These seven mountains are business, government (plus the military), media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. It hijacked the real National Day of Prayer.
The military one is to turn our soldiers into “government paid missionaries” and “warriors for Christ.” President Bush let the cat out of the bag when he said our war was a Crusade.
The religion one is to “transform” those of other Christian denominations, other faiths and non-believers into Conservative-Evangelical-Fundamental-Dominionists; NAR, Dominion Theology and Kingdom Now.
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. 
 
For your reading enjoyment:
 
 
The last time I looked it was Jesus who had the final say on who makes heaven and who makes hell.
Pastor Joan
MRFF Advisory Board Member

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