MRFF’s INBOX – Re: Pro-religion, anti-secular “science” in official Army journal

Mikey,

I wanted to send you a thank you letter.

I sent an email to the public address listed on the Military Religious Freedom Foundation website on a normal Wednesday morning, and wasn’t sure if I’d even receive a reply or not.  To my surprise, I received a phone call from *you*, personally, about 8 minutes later.  Literally, about 8 minutes later.  I checked my phone and my “sent mail” folder just to make sure this really happened.

For anyone who has never served in the military, or is new to the military, “freedom of religion” may not mean what they think it means.  These are all too often code words for military chaplains pushing an Evangelical Christian agenda and getting away with it.  Does that sound paranoid?  Of course it does, I know that.  I’ve even read the comments sections on your website, I get it.  The problem is IT’S TRUE.

After sharing my concerns with you, you were able to coordinate with dozens of other clients at my location who had more or less the same concerns and take them straight to the Garrison Commander’s office.  They *knew exactly who you were*.  Why?  Because this *happens all the time*.  This is not about an isolated event that happened to me, it is about an enduring and toxic command climate that does not really support diversity, does not support real and constitutional religious freedom, and cannot even encourage military chaplains and others to *just plain follow the law*.  I think you are very likely the only civil rights lawyer in the entire country who 1.) really understands this, and 2.) knows exactly who to call and what to do about it.

Thank you very much for what you do.

(name and rank withheld)

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