Signage

I have just read the article about the Marine base in Hawaii. It is sad that you are an America or represent yourself as one. You are the mirror of today’s society and all that is wrong with America. We are all entitled to our own opinion and felt the need to express mine just as you have. I hope no mercy ever comes to you.

(name withheld)


 

Hi (name withheld),
We’ve never claimed to be “an America,” as you put it. We are, of course, patriotic Americans and are proud to so represent ourselves.
As far as our being “the mirror of today’s society and all that is wrong with America,” as you said, I’ll have to ask you to pick one or the other. Or are
you suggesting that ‘today’s society’ IS ‘all that’s wrong with America’? If that’s the case, how far back into yesterday’s society would you
have things go? Women and people of color are second-class citizens and should know their place? Gays and lesbians should be
closeted and/or discriminated against? Native Americans should be wiped out? Aliens should GO HOME? Maybe the Red Scare days?
Would going back to any of those times make you more comfortable?

My suggestion is that you try reading the article again. You may have missed something. The Marines that objected to the inappropriate

posting are Christians, but they understand that this is a secular country with a constitution that disallows having the government or a
government body like the military promoting, imposing or espousing a particular belief system. That goes back to the Founders.

You are quite correct that “we are all entitled to our own opinion.” And you are welcome to yours. But according to the U.S. Constitution, no

part of the government can promote a religious belief system.

Think about it. How would you have felt if the sign said “Allah” instead of God? What about one that said, “There is no god but have a good

day.” A secular government that allows every person her or his own belief system is what we have and it’s one of the aspects of our

Constitution that our military is defending.

When you read the article again, please note that one of Mr. Weinstein’s suggestions was that the sign be moved to the chapel grounds. You see,
there it would not be seen as speaking for the military.

As regards your “no mercy” comment, please have some on yourself.
Best,
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

Dear (name withheld);

Since Mikey’s preoccupied helping his clients (85% being Christians) who alerted him to the objectionable signage at MCB Hawaii, he forwarded your ‘thoughts’ (applying the term loosely) to me for a reply.  Pardon my replying ‘in the blind’ but not knowing you, I have no desire to be trolled at my main e-mail, or in person for that matter.

First, allow me to congratulate you since you obviously qualify for inclusion in Bonnie Weinstein’s sequel to her 1st book “To the Far Right Christian Hater…You Can Be a Good Speller or a Hater, But You Can’t Be Both…” since your grammar & syntax, while better than the run-of-the-mill hate screeds Mikey gets, are still not quite up to GED quality.  Please consider higher education; perhaps middle school.  I point this out since, to be taken seriously, and understood correctly, you must be capable of communicating; that’s why language was developed.

You don’t state it specifically, but judging by the subject that’s ruffled your feathers and your oh-so-fundamentalist reference to ‘mercy’, I’m going to write as though you are a member of the far-wrong (and far from ‘right’) Christian domionist/nationalist/supremacist minority who operate under the misapprehension that they, and they alone, speak for all “Christians”, although they only comprise less that 1/3 of self-identified Christians in America – although they do not consider other believers in the divinity of Jesus (like Catholics, Mormons, Amish, Quakers, etc.) to be ‘real’ Christians since they do not subscribe to the tenants of the 1974.’Lausanne Covenant’.
 
You state Mikey’s “… the mirror of today’s society and all that is wrong with America.”  Which suggests to me that your primary source of ‘morality’ is the bronze age text called ‘the bible’.  I have a newsflash for you.  The founders had the opportunity to establish a fundamentalist Christian society in America, but based on their experiences in the ‘Old World’ and seeing the effects of such societies in the New World (see:  Massachusetts Bay Colony) they chose, instead to mimic the governmental style proposed by the polytheistic ancient Greeks as informed by the indigenous Haudenosaunee Alliance (that’s Native Americans [‘Indians’] to you), who actually practiced a democratic form of government before Europeans destroyed their culture through genocide) and from whom our founders took their concept of representative democracy.  Were it otherwise the U.S.Constitution would open with the the Ten Commandments, rather than the distinctly non-biblical “We the People…”.  So, America is not, and never was, a ‘Christian’ nation.  Think about it.

While you say America entitles one to voice one’s own opinion, you also say Mikey should receive no mercy for insuring that all Americans, those in uniform in particular, should benefit equally from the protections afforded by the Constitution; in this case from fundamentalist theocrats forcing their minority version of their religion down the throats of all & sundry to satisfy their own grandiose needs.  I’m left to understand you’re advocating for a Christofascist theocracy rather than the Constitutional democracy all member of our government (in & out of uniform) swear ‘to protect and defend’ (some, admittedly, do swear falsely; Cruz, Gohmert, and others to wit).

Sinclair Lewis wrote “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”.

I’m sorry to say but your ignorant opinionated note to Mikey seems to bear out the truth of Lewis’ statement.

Kindly get an education and stop considering your opinion worthwhile until it’s supported by knowledge, not self-inflated narcissistic triumphalism.

Marshalldoc.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Barry

    Our most precious document does not prohibit displays of religion. It prevents the establishment of an official federal religion.
    It’s a pretty far stretch to claim that allowing or endorsing a common expression of support, sympathy, and solidarity even comes close to establishing an official religion. You are way off base, and respectfully tequest you end your campaign of intolerance.

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