Prayer

I will pray to MY God for your salvation. You need to watch some of the videos on YouTube about non-believers and how their minds were changed. He will return soon to take us all home. I pray that you will accept him as your savior so you too can go to heaven!!!

(name withheld)


 

Hi (name withheld),

Mikey is busy protecting the freedom of religious choice for the women and men in our military and has asked me to reply to your message.

You have apparently gotten some misinformation somewhere, so I’m glad to have this opportunity to help you better understand the situation. Your prayers are welcome, as are anyone else’s, but your assumption about his being a “non-believer” is wrong. Although his religious views are his own business, as I understand it Mikey prays regularly, so you need not worry about him.

Ours is an organization of people of varying faiths and/or ethical and philosophical positions, with over 95% of those associated with the MRFF being Christians, some of them clergy.

Since you began your message with “MY God,” emphasizing it in a way that suggests a singular choice, I have no way to guess what your belief system is, but it really doesn’t matter to us. We feel everyone has the right to determine for his or herself what to believe and how to express it. But none of us feel a need to watch videos on YouTube about non-believers and how their minds were changed, as we’re pretty secure in our own beliefs.

But thanks for thinking of us as we know your message was well-intentioned. Just do be careful about believing what you hear or what you read. There are a lot of people out there with hidden agendas.

Best,

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


 

Dear (name withheld),
YOUR God is also MIKEY’s God and the majority of those involved with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and our clients.
 
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 43,200+ soldier clients (1 can represent many) are Christians – Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodist, Lutherans, Baptists, etc. We fight for the rights of these Christians more than any other religion but it never makes the news. 
Franklin Graham and other religious organizations have been told numerous times that he is Jewish but they choose to continue calling him an atheist because that label riles up people more than if the  truth was known.
Mikey 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.
Pertinent facts have been omitted which the media is fully aware of to keep their followers ignorant.
 
AFI (Air Force Instruction) 1-1 Section 2.12 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.
 
 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 Lemon Test under the Establishment Clause. Plus it violates AFI 1-1 and Parker v. Levy.
Read these articles to get the full scope of what is truly going on: http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2015/12/02/usafas-tebow-prayer-stirs-controversy
Read our mission statement and see that we are for prayer consistent with time, place and manner under the laws and regulations set forth above.
 
Check out the honorable and distinguished military personnel and people from all walks of life that support the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
 
It amazes me that some religious leaders can lie and be deceptive to garner support.
 
The Bible tells us that we must obey our governing authorities or we will bring judgment upon ourselves but they choose to ignore this scripture – which makes their statement that the Bible is infallible – hypocritical.
 
Pastor Joan
MRFF Advisory Board Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Yeshua Warrior

    Dear Mr. Farrell,

    First of all, condolences to you regarding the death of Harry Morgan who you starred with in MASH!

    Secondly, Mikey is a non-believer if he does not believe in the Messiah of Israel (Jesus Christ) as a Jewish person. Just because one prays daily does not make one a believer in Jesus. There are hundreds of thousands who pray in church or outside of church, but it is only a ritual if their heart is not fully committed to Christ as one of His disciples.

    Merry Christmas!

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