Life

Get a life idiots!

(name withheld)


 

Hey (name withheld),

Where can we get some life idiots, besides yourself, of course? Some of them are known to be educable, so we always hold out hope.

Best,

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


 

We do have a life, (name withheld), fighting for the religious rights of all soldiers – not just Christians – in our military.

 

We are not an atheist organization or are we anti-Christian. Mikey is Jewish (and prays to the same Father we do 3 times a day) and 80% of the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters (244 in total) of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are Christians. In fact, 96% of our 42, 711 soldier clients are Christians. So, we fight for the rights of Christians more than any other religion.

 

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) does NOT act on its own but at the request of our soldiers’ and their 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.

 

Our military is secular – which includes those of other faiths or no belief system – and it must not advance one religion over another according to the Constitution, Supreme Court rulings and the Unified Code of Military Justice. Religious activities must be in the hands of the Chaplains on Chapel grounds, not in the hands of the Commander on base-wide grounds.

 

The real idiots are the media that are able to work people – like you – into frenzy through lies, distortions and omissions.

 

Let me tell you what they aren’t telling you:

 

ANYTHING pertaining to religion in the military is supposed to be in the hands of the Chaplains on chapel grounds, not in the hands of the Commander of a base.

 

As defenders of the Constitution we fight for the separation of church and state.

 

“…but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” (Article I, III)

 

This means that from the President to Congress to the military – no one’s job is based on their religion.

 

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion (Establishment Clause), or prohibiting the free exercise thereof (Free Exercise Clause).”(First Amendment)

 

The Establishment Clause means that you cannot favor one religion over another even though it is in the majority. This clause respects the RIGHTS of all religions. Our military is SECULAR and there are people of other faiths that don the uniform that love this country.

 

The Free Exercise Clause means that our soldiers are free to exercise any religion they want or no religion at all but cannot elevate one God above others.

 

Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602, was a case argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. The court ruled unanimously in an 8-0 decision and set the guidelines for what is prohibited by the Lemon Test:

 

Government action violates the Establishment Clause unless it:
1. Has a significant secular (i.e., non-religious) purpose,
2. Does not have the primary effect of advancing or inhibiting religion, and
3. Does not foster excessive entanglement between government and religion.

 

The sign violates all 3.

 

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 putting up this sign– which gives the impression to the world that we have a Christian military – demeans the morale of those of other faiths. This sign – written speech – is “constitutionally unprotected.”

 

All we are asking is that the sign be placed on chapel grounds (where it belongs) under our laws, and if not, to remove it altogether.

 

If they will not move or remove it, then other religions have the right to put up their signs next to it.

 

I hope this clears up the misinformation that you’ve heard or read.

 

Pastor Joan

MRFF Advisory Board Member

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