Condolences for Brussels?

Dear Mr. Weinstein,

 
That was very nice of you for expressing condolences for the deaths of innocent people yesterday in Brussels, Belgium, however, you said that the attacks were awful, but how come you failed to mention who committed the attacks, yes they were done by radical Muslim extremists from ISIS?
 
I would also like to know why you did not express condolences for the former West Point and Army veteran who was murdered while in Israel a couple weeks ago and yes he was murdered by a Palestinian Muslim terrorist! 
 
Your failure to mention who has done these killings makes me wonder if you are afraid of maybe upsetting your Muslim friends here in the United States who you have said in the past that you would defend, while at the same time you are always quick to point out any wrongful thing that Christians have done. Where I have I heard this before, oh yes, from the mouth of President Barak Obama, so quick to praise Muslims and so quick to denounce Christians and Jews. 
 
Did you hear, which the media really did not want to report, but the Muslim Brotherhood was having a conference yesterday in Chicago, and at this conference they said that they will join with the “Black Lives Matter” group and called for an American Revolution!! 
 
Well, if they want a revolution we will give them one, and should they find themselves here in Arizona, we will prepare for them a little Old West justice. We will shoot them dead in the streets before they even have a chance to attack us, and our wonderful Sheriff Arapaio will give his full approval and blessing to do that! 
 
I ask again Mr. Weinstein, are these the American Muslims you will defend? If so, you will yourself on the wrong side of history again. 
 
Have a Happy Purim,

 

(name withheld)

Ezekiel 33:7 – “Now son of man, I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel”

Dear Mr. (name withheld),
It pains me, but does not suprise me, to see that you continue to need education about the mission and purpose of the MRFF.  The Military Religious Freedom Foundation 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.
With that clearly stated purpose in mind, it puzzles me that you continue to insist that the MRFF should take a position for or against any particular sectarian religious belief. It baffles me that you continue to insist that the MRFF is opposed to Christianity.  Neither expectation is reasonable, which is something that I’d have expected you to have learned by now, but which you appear unable to grasp.
Despite your apparent inability to understand relatively simple concepts, the fact is that the MRFF is not “anti” anything.  Rather, we are pro-Constitution.  When we speak out against actions that we believe to be unconstitutional, the particular beliefs of the bad actor are never part of the calculus. When we raise objections, it is to specific conduct, not belief. Further, as you should well know by now, our mission is very specifically focused on the Constitutional rights of US military members of all beliefs (including non-belief).
Without question, everyone associated with the MRFF decries and condemns any act of terror that is perpetrated for any reason.  As for your gleeful proclamation in favor of “Old West justice”, I view that sophomoric utterance as being no better than the actions which you decry — you seem to suggest that such misguided “justice” is due to all American Muslims.  It’s sad to me that an individual such as yourself, who claims to be a man of God, would be so flippant in condemning people and wishing violence upon them even if they have done nothing wrong.  If the love of Christ dwells in you, it’s difficult to discern behind the curtain of fear and hate that you project.
As for whether or not we are on the “wrong side of history”, I can assure you that your assessment is of no consequence or import.  I am equally sure that as long as we defend with honor the rights of US military members of all manner of belief or unbelief, then we having nothing to fear from the judgement of history.
To close, it may be helpful for you to recall the words of President George W. Bush, a darling of many conservatives such as yourself, when he said the following immediately after 9/11 —
“I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It’s practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah. The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends. It is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.”    G. W. Bush, September 20, 2001
Peace,
Mike Challman
Christian, USAF veteran, MRFF supporter

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1 Comment

  1. Kurt Van Tassel

    We respect your faith? W said that? He does not or did not speak for me and many others when he said that nor does he have a clue how the word respect is used. I do not respect the Muslim faith or any other faith for that matter. What I do respect is the right of all free people to chose their own beliefs / faith.

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