Re: Not So Fast, Stop The Celebrations Fundamentalist, Evangelical Christians!

I appreciate getting your emails, but it seems like you are at war against those that would call themselves evangelicals or fundamentalists.  If you are truly about freedom, why do you want to squelch the freedom of someone just because they differ from you?  Is your aim to make us like China, whose totalitarian ways have made it illegal for parents to take children under 18 to church under threat of losing opportunities for their children to go to college or their military academies (  http://www.breitbart.com/ national-security/2016/07/17/ china-threatens-bar- churchgoing-youth-university/) ?  What is the BIG deal about having a Bible on a desk?  Was the accused preaching or pounding people over the head with it?  Our President and Commander in Chief is sworn in with the Bible and his inauguration is funded by taxpayers.  So is there a double-standard for service men and women? Please answer, as I am on a personal quest to understand the boundaries and limitations of our personal freedom whether in uniform or out.  Thank you.
Sincerely,
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere

(retired Army airborne officer & lawyer, retired US judge & disabled American Vietnam veteran)
Dear (name withheld),
Thank you for your inquiry.
 
An Army field grade officer who displays his Bible version openly with passages highlighted for all to see on top of his government desk in a government office in a government building on government duty during government hoursis intentionally & deliberately forcing his private religion on others, including lower ranking subordinates, who complained & requested that it be removed.It has nothing to do with his official duties or the official duties of anyone else in the office & creates a work distraction as well as a coercive effect on others in that secular work environment. How would you feel if he displayed the Quran similarly?
 
Such pompous & pious personal proselytizing should never be allowed in any military or civilian work place unless it was a chapel or church, where it constitutionally belongs.
 
Attached is a rational explanation of the lawful relationshipbetween our constitution, any religion & the military. Hopefully, you will find it informative & enlightening.
 
Most Sincerely,
John Compere
(retired Army airborne officer & lawyer, retired US judge& disabled American Vietnam veteran)
MRFF Advisory Board Member

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