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Today I read this article and am compelled to inquire about the MRFF…I am glad to see U.S.A.F.A. taking a bold stance.
Please send information to join with MRFF to support and be better informed. Thank you for your time.God Bless America!

        Sincerely,
(name withheld)

 RESPONSE FROM USAF VETERAN AND MRFF SUPPORTER

Good Afternoon (name withheld) –

Thanks for taking the time to write to the MRFF, and I’d like to especially thank you for your interest in standing with us.  I’m a volunteer with the organization — a lifelong, committed, and active Christian, a USAF Academy graduate (’85), and a veteran USAF officer.  AND something that I don’t usually mention, but I will since you broached the topic — I’m also an Eagle Scout, and both of my sons (now grown) are Eagle Scouts.
I’ve been involved with the MRFF for several years now, after first learning about the organization through various news reports about an issue that was being addressed at the Academy.  Without question, it’s been one of the most important decisions I’ve made in recent memory.  The work done by this organization is so vitally important, not only to the Constitutional rights of members of the US military but ultimately to a healthy and appropriate Constitutional culture throughout America.
Not knowing what article you read that led you to us, and not knowing how much you may already know about the MRFF, please allow me to give you the background about our mission —
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.  We recognize that military life requires individual adherence to shared patriotic principles. We also recognize the need for military personnel to at times temporarily relinquish some Constitutionally granted personal freedoms for the sake of military discipline and objectives.
However, the MRFF believes that religious faith is a Constitutionally guaranteed freedom that must never be compromised, except in the most limited of military circumstances, because of its fundamental importance to the preservation of the American nation and the American way of life.  We adhere strongly to the principle that religious faith is a deeply personal matter, and that no American has the right to question another American’s beliefs as long as they do not unwontedly intrude on the public space or the privacy or safety of another individual.
Therefore, MRFF holds that:
—  No religion or religious philosophy may be advanced by the United States Armed Forces over any other religion or religious philosophy.
—  No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to conform to a particular religion or religious philosophy.
—  No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to witness or engage in any religious exercise.
—  No member of the military may be compelled to curtail – except in the most limited of military circumstances and when it directly impacts military discipline, morale and the successful completion of a specific military goal – the free exercise of their religious practices or beliefs.
—  Students at US military academies are entitled to the same Constitutional rights pertaining to religious freedoms and the free exercise of those freedoms to which all other members of the United States Armed Forces military are entitled.
—  No member of the military may be compelled to endure unwanted religious proselytization, evangelization or persuasion of any sort in a military setting and/or by a military superior or civilian employee of the military.
—  The full exercise of religious freedom includes the right not to subscribe to any particular religion or religious philosophy. The so-called “unchurched” cede no Constitutional rights by want of their separation from organized faith.
—  It is the responsibility of the military hierarchy to ensure that the free exercise of religious freedoms of all enlisted personnel are respected and served.
—  All military personnel have the right to employ appropriate judicial means to protect their religious rights.
If you have any questions or comments that I can address for you, feel free to reply to me directly at this email.  Again, thanks for your interest.
Peace,
Mike Challman
Christian, USAF veteran, MRFF supporter

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