Missing man table Bible.

Dear mikey,
If you feel you don’t like or want to believe in the GOD of our forefathers, then fine, but removing, our Bible from our missing man table. Is nothing but a sniveling little man who is mad at GOD. Put our Bible back. You want to sue the government, go ahead. But removing our Bible has caused undo hardship to myself and several veterans, so I think we need to find that attorney, to sue you and your foundation.

(name withheld)


Hi (name withheld),

Sue away if you think you’ve been damaged by the organization responsible for the table being required to abide by the law. That should be interesting.

You see, what you refer to as the removal of “our Bible” gives evidence of the problem. Your Bible isn’t representative of the beliefs of all those who go through the clinic. Why is freedom of religion so hard for some folks to understand?

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


Well Mikey, thank you for your reply, sorry, Mike, the problem is the missing man table was set up for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, for our country. The table was set up by the service men and women as a way to express, the feelings of sorrow and praise, of those who would be missed. It is a symbol of respect, Honor, and prayers, for those missing, and there families. So how can a symbol fall under the law, you say it is breaking. Thank you for your, answer.

(name withheld)


Hi (name withheld),

You’re welcome.

There’s no problem with the table having been set up for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. That’s fine. And if you want to set one up at your home or your church, that’s also fine. The problem arises, as you seem to have trouble understanding, when a government-associated organization uses a religious icon, implying a connection between the faith associated with it and the government.

Expressing feelings of sorrow and praise for those who are missed is fine, but don’t associate it in an official way with the symbol of one religion when many people of many different faiths made that very same sacrifice. As regards your final point, while you may consider the Bible a symbol of respect, honor and prayers for those missing, those of different faiths may not.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


Dear (name withheld) –


I am writing in response to your March 1, 2016 email to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (“MRFF”).  I respond to many of the emails received by MRFF and this is usually the part where I explain the mission of our work, provide a brief tutorial on the requirements of the Establishment Clause; and enlighten the person to whom I am writing of the fact that over 96% of our clients are Christians suffering wrongful religious discrimination and/or persecution at the hands of military superiors who consider themselves to be superior Christians.


But I want to try something different – Let’s talk about YOU.


You claim that removing the Bible from a POW/MIA Missing Man Display has caused you “undo” (I think you mean “undue”) “hardship.”  So, I ask you, what hardship have you suffered?  How does honoring other service members without reference to the Bible harm you in any way?  If you do attempt to sue MRFF, you will have to prove in court that you have suffered actual damages as a proximate result of MRFF acting to enforce the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.


I suspect that the only “hardship” you have suffered is that things just did not go your way.  Unfortunately, there is simply no legal claim for not liking the proper enforcement of the Establishment Clause.  Of course, you would be a hypocrite if you simultaneously claim that MRFF is “sniveling” for wanting the Bible removed while you have suffered “hardship” merely for wanting it returned.  Aren’t you really just sniveling?


Thank you for your service.


Tobanna Barker

MRFF Legal Affairs Coordinator














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