Your group’s position, reasoning and logic are vacuous, inane and what is putrid! Get a life!

(name withheld)


Hi (name withheld),

Can you think of any other adjectives that might help you express your feelings?

I can think of a few with which to respond, but instead of stooping to your level let me only say that we’re OK with your unhappiness with our work because the cadets and the teammates that asked for our help and received it now feel that someone cares that they are being abused by religious zealots.

If the shoe fits, pal…

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


Last response ever or contact with this, thing. Not a group worthy of my time.  “

(name withheld)


Got it. We’ll miss your eloquence and your gripping logic.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


Hello, (name withheld) –

Mikey Weinstein has asked me to proffer a reply to your brief note. I’m a lifelong, committed and active Christian; a USAF Academy graduate (’85); and for the past several years a staunch supporter of the MRFF.
I’m guessing that you were prompted to reply as a result of new stories about the concern raised by the MRFF about the public prayers by the USAFA football team. If that is correct, then you should know that what is truly vacuous, inane, and putrid is the lack of accuracy and truth in 99.9% of the reports that are appearing at conservative and Christian outlets.
Here is the truth of our position, reasoning, and logic —
The MRFF does not oppose the rights of individual services members, including USAFA cadets, to hold and practice whatever religious belief (including non-belief) that they wish to hold and practice. On the contrary, our explicit mission is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
In the case of the football team prayers, here is the problem…
USAFA football players are in uniform and on duty when appearing at official team events. As such, they are bound by the same regulations as every other military member who is in uniform and on duty. One of the things that is regulated for all military members is public expression, including religious expression. There are reasonable and appropriate limits on the time, place, and manner in which a military member can express such personal beliefs.
That the entire crux of the matter. It’s not that the football players don’t have a right to pray – they do. But they don’t have a right to do it in whatever time, place and manner they desire – they must comply with governing law and regulation, and in the case of the football team they are across the line the appropriateness. All the MRFF is asking is that they get back on the right side of the Constitutional line.
Mike Challman
Christian, USAF veteran, MRFF supporter









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