God Bless Those Football Boys!!! Love them. Aren’t they awesome!

 

 And Upon this rock I will build my church; 

 

The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against It.

 

Matthew 16:18

                      Ive already read the book and guess 

 

what! YOU LOSE!!!!

PS. There is no such thing as separation of church and state. Its a lie from the pit of hell.  #stillgoing2pray4u
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#prayingforyou 

(name withheld)


 

Dear (name withheld),

Whose Pinterest did you snag that from?  It’s just adorable.  I’m sure you had an idea in there somewhere that you wanted to express, but it was lost among the doilies.

Cheers,

Blake A. Page
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Special Assistant to the President
Director of US Army Affairs

PS:  While I can’t attest to the conditions inside the room the constitution was drafted, nor at the supreme court, I’m confident neither has ever been so deplorable to be justifiably described as “the pit of hell”


That is so awesome that you enjoyed my handcrafted message. I do not entertain social media therefore I did not plagiarize and/or copy anyones message.  It came from my Godgiven talented abilities. Thank you!!!  I am sorry your brain was unable to keep up with the uplifted message of the gospel message that I was trying to convey to you.  Praying is such a great thing and I implore you to try it sometime.  Those boys are precious little gifts from the Lord above and you will never ever stop them from praying. Ever.
I wrote smaller this time (less doilie) so your mind could try to soak up some truth.
#praying4u2
(name withheld)

Like O. M. G.!  That’s totes awesome! You really did that all by yourself? Good job!

Have you got any desire to be taken seriously?  I must admit, you’re an amusing little thing, but still haven’t tacked an argument on to your notes.

I’m sure you love Jesus with all your bedazzled heart.  That’s great, really. If it makes your life better, keep it up!  None of us here want to stop anyone from loving whatever god or gods they like.  Not even USAFA football players.  However, using a government position or government resources to promote a religious message is unlawful.  If you’d like to debate that point, we can do that.  Otherwise, goodnight (name withheld).

Blake Page


Dear (name withheld),
Did you take any history classes in school? Civics 101? Obviously not because there are laws on the Separation of Church and State.
 
Let me show you the laws that are being broken which were omitted from the article.
 
AFI (Air Force Instruction) 1-12.12, which reads in part:
“…leaders at all levels in the Air Force must ensure that 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.”
 
“Leaders at all levels” include the football coaches.
 
By allowing public prayer by the football players in Air Force uniform, command is officially endorsing one religion – Christianity.
 
Here’s the real Parker v. Levy law that was horribly paraphrased:
 
 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 [in any form] 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
 
The football players’ right to public prayer is constitutionally unprotected.
 
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 (which is subservient to the Establishment 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.
 
“Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.” Thomas Jefferson, to the Virginia Baptists (1808) ME 16:320. 
This is his second known use of the term “wall of separation,” here quoting his own use in the Danbury Baptist letter.
 
This wording of the original was several times upheld by the Supreme Court as an accurate description of the Establishment Clause.
Jefferson’s concept of “separation of church and state” first became a part of Establishment Clause jurisprudence in Reynolds v. U.S.98 U.S. 145 (1878). In that case, the court examined the history of religious liberty in the US, determining that while the constitution guarantees religious freedom, “The word ‘religion’ is not defined in the Constitution. We must go elsewhere, therefore, to ascertain its meaning and nowhere more appropriately, we think, than to the history of the times in the midst of which the provision was adopted.” The court found that the leaders in advocating and formulating the constitutional guarantee of religious liberty were James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Quoting the “separation” paragraph from Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, the court concluded that, “coming as this does from an acknowledged leader of the advocates of the measure, it may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the amendment thus secured.
In 1878 “separation of church and state” became part of the Establishment Clause BY LAW.
The Supreme Court heard the Lemon v. Kurtzman case in 1971 and ruled in favor of the Establishment Clause.
Subsequent to this decision, the Supreme Court has applied a three-pronged test to determine whether government action comports with the Establishment Clause, known as 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
3. Does not foster excessive entanglement between government and religion
Prayer on the field fits into all 3 and therefore it is a violation of the Establishment Clause
So, based on Air Force regulations, Supreme Court rulings, the Lemon Test, Parker v. Levy and the Constitution, prayer by the Air Force football players is “Constitutionally unprotected.”
We are neither an atheist organization nor 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 43,021 soldier clients are Christians. We fight for the rights of Christians more than any other religion.
 
Our actions are based on the laws not from “the gates of hell.”
 
I’ve read the book, too, and guess what? You lose!
 
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:1-2
 
If you believe that the football players don’t have to obey the laws set out above, then you are bringing judgment on yourself.
 
There is such a thing as the Separation of Church and State and it’s not “from the pit of hell” but from our own laws.
 
Pastor Joan
MRFF Advisory Board Member

Dear (name withheld),
I am writing in response to your December 7, 2015 email to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (“MRFF”).  Contrary to your ludicrous assertion, the separation of church and state is not “a lie from the pit of hell.”  It is a right granted by the Constitution of the United States.

 

I understand from your email that you don’t like this fact, but that’s just too bad for you.  I don’t like Mondays, but that doesn’t stop one from coming around every week.  MRFF fights tirelessly to protect this right for all of our brave men and women in uniform.  Perhaps you can find something about helping those in need in that book you claim to have read.

 

Blessed be,

 

Tobanna Barker
MRFF Legal Affairs Coordinator

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