Religious Freedom Right

Dear, Sir it is evident to me that you and your Organization has never and will never hold a dying comrade in your arms treating them for their Battle Wounds on the Battlefield. I have and let me tell you there is a God and come judgement day when you stand before  him I’m  praying you get what’s due to you for your opposition to His Word and for helping Our Marines, Army, and airforce personnel  be deprived  of what they are fighting for. That your just rewards are in the pit of hell. Because when I die I know where I’m  going.

(name withheld)


Good evening,

 

My name is Dustin Chalker, former Army Sergeant, Iraq veteran, and combat medic. During my 06-07 tour in Iraq, I received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat and the Combat Medical Badge for providing care under fire, to include being the only medic on scene at a MASCAL mortar attack for over 80 minutes. I am an atheist, and I serve with MRFF in an advisory capacity alongside many other veterans of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other religious backgrounds.

 

Your resentful and bitter “prayers” are duly noted, and I am certain that any hypothetical god that does exist would be far beyond the arrogant human pettiness that you so blasphemously project onto him. Do you notice how your imaginary god shares all of your own personal opinions about everything? That’s because it’s a figment of your own imagination. Atheist have too much respect for the concept of an infinitely perfect deity to ever accuse it of actually existing, being guilty of incompetently screwing up its own creation this badly, and possessing the vile traits of you ignorant barbarians who ceaselessly endeavor to tell everyone else what god thinks.

 

In any case, your private views about mythological god(s), heaven, and hell do not concern MRFF. Our organization exists to advocate for the religious freedom of all service members, regardless of their faith (or lack thereof). We believe all service members should be free of religious coercion from superiors in the chain of command. We don’t care what anyone believes, until they abuse government power to promote their belief over others. The US government – including the military – does not exist to serve or promote religion, but is a shared enterprise that exists to treat all Americans the same.

 

Regards,

Dustin Chalker

MRFF Atheist Affairs Advisor


 

Good Afternoon, (name withheld) – 

Thanks for taking the time to write to the MRFF. I have to admit, I am intrigued by the opening thoughts in your email.
Frankly, I am bemused as to how it would be “evident” to you that we have not experienced the loss of military comrades in the battlefield.  In fact, the ranks of both supporters and clients of the MRFF are full of current and former active duty members who have endured every type of difficulty and sacrifice, including the loss of comrades.  And the suggestion that anyone who has endured those experiences must surely have found God is incredibly presumptuous, even arrogant, on your part.  As a veteran yourself, I’m surprised that you did not personally know comrades who did not share your Christian beliefs, including any of the many good, brave, and honorable servicemen and servicewomen who don’t believe in God at all.  You and I don’t know one another, so perhaps I am misunderstanding your argument but it seems you are suggesting that you believe that old, worn out adage about there being “no atheists in foxholes.”
No atheists in foxholes? Nonsense.  Our military forces today, as has been the case throughout the history of our nation, are comprised of individuals who hold a plurality of religious beliefs. Some are Christian, some are not. Some believe in God, some do not.  The single common thread that unites this diverse collection of patriots is that every one of them pledged a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
As well, your suggestion that the MRFF is “standing in opposition to His Word” because we advocate for Constitutional protections on behalf of all military members regardless of belief is either woefully misguided or belies a supposition on your part that the US military is a Christian force.  It’s not.
By the way, you should know that I am a Christian myself, as well as a veteran… one who understands that Christianity doesn’t get to claim a position of preference or prominence in our military. At least, not if the promises and principles of the US Constitution are to be afforded to every American and not just those who share our beliefs.
Peace,
Mike Challman
Christian, USAF veteran, MRFF supporter

Mike, let me ask you a question are you open minded or close minded?

(name withheld)

(name withheld) – You’d really need to provide some perspective on what those terms mean to you, as I find that many people imbue them with an agenda.

I can tell you this, though, relative to my mind.
One of the most vital things with which God has blessed humanity is our intellect. Personally, I have always greatly valued the intelligence I received from God, and so I take care not to allow that gift to atrophy or otherwise go to waste.
So I would say that I am intellectually minded, using my God-given intelligence to do two things —
Further my understanding of God’s will for me and my relationship with Him.
Further my understanding of the world around me and my relationship with it.
Peace, MC

 

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