Featured Hate Mail from MRFF’s Inbox – “How Dare You!”

MRFF,

I have never written like this before but here goes.

How dare you make the Air Force take down their beautiful posters at Langley AFB honoring our Airmen and our Lord of Hosts.
There was nothing wrong in saying “men” and not “women” too. Everyone knows they meant women as well.

I myself am a Christian mother of 4 and loving wife to a brave Christian Air Force officer. We both devotedly witness our faith in Jesus every chance we get to everyone as an Air Force family. Because you know what MRFF, the Bible says to do it and that’s the end of it. The law encourages us to share our faith with everyone we can.

Saving souls is Constitutional. But more importantly it’s Biblical.

You are all hateful and evil apostates led by the 21st Century version of anti-Christian Hitler, Mr. Michael Weinstein. And he’s a Jew no less. Thinking Judas. Makes sense doesn’t it?

I’ll never lift a hand against you all but I will pray The Word that our righteous Lord and Savior will smite you from this Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

The MRFF burns the Air Force and Jesus? Fine, then let The Lord’s vengeance be swift, sacred and assured. It belongs to Him alone.

First on the list: Pray the Lord to have Mr. Weinstein watch Mrs. Weinstein burn alive in a car accident sounds about right. (Epistle to the Romans, Sixth Book of the NT, Chapter 12))

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Supporter Mike Challman

Hello (name withheld) –

As a Christian myself, I am appalled at your hateful note to Mikey Weinstein and the MRFF. You say you will “never lift a hand against you all”.. but you pray that Mikey would watch his wife suffer a horrible, tragic, and painful death? What is wrong with you? And to further denigrate Mikey for his Jewish faith and to liken him to Hitler is simply beyond the pale and, again, appalling and indefensible. So I must ask once more — what is wrong with you????

Frankly, I fully expect that you will neither thoughtfully nor prayerfully consider what I have to say to you in this email, but I will endeavor to treat you in the manner that Paul describes in Romans 12: “Bless those who persecute [you], bless and do not curse them.” So consider this email to be a prayerful blessing and a loving effort to correct your misguided, unchristian ways.

Setting aside for the moment your unchristian behavior and blind hatred, please know that you also suffer from a gross misunderstanding of several things: first among them the meaning and purpose of the US Constitution; and second the purpose and goals of the MRFF.

Let’s talk about the US Constitution and particularly how it relates to military service —

You probably don’t realize this, but you make the point yourself as to why the Langley posters are inappropriate. You say that the posters were “honoring…our Lord of Hosts.” Please understand, the US military is neither a religious organization generally, nor a Christian organization specifically. So the USAF as an organization does not have a “Lord”. Rather, the ranks of the USAF are filled with brave, honorable, patriotic men and women of all manner of belief and unbelief — both Christians and non-Christians, religious and non-religious, believers and non-believers. Each of these patriots has made a solemn pledge to support and defend the Constitution of the United States which provides that every American citizen, including each US military member, is entitled to his or her own beliefs regarding religion. So while the poster you reference may indeed honor the Lord of Hosts who we profess as Christians, this sectarian belief does not extend to all USAF members and so it is inappropriate to make such a reference in an official setting. I’ll bet that you would be one of the first to object to a poster “honoring” a non-Christian deity. And you would be right to object, although not for the reasons that you might feel compelled to do so. It’s not about “honoring” the right deity, it is ONLY about the US military remaining officially neutral on such a matter. Without question, the posters at Langley did not maintain the appropriate level of neutrality.

Next, let’s look for a moment at the mission of the MRFF —

Our sole focus, as described in our Mission Statement, is to serve as advocates for the rights of all service members, “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.” That means just what it says — ALL members. Christian and non-Christian, religious and non-religious, believer and non-believer. And we recognize that not even a closely-held, sincere belief with which we might agree is entitled to special preference or prominence. For me, as a lifelong, committed and active Christian, that means that I must object to the inappropriate promotion or preference even of my own beliefs.

Those of us who have strong beliefs would do well to remember the words of Thomas Paine — “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” I do not consider those whose beliefs conflict with my own to be my enemy, so in this application Paine’s sentiment might be better expressed as —

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even [those with whom he fervently disagrees] from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

Living in a majority-Christian country as we do, you and I have a particularly important obligation to ensure the rights of EVERYONE, not just Christians, are equally respected and protected. If we are unable or unwilling to do that, then the very principles upon with America was founded are at risk, and even our own rights are not secure.

If you’d like to continue with an appropriate and polite dialogue between us, I’m happy to do so but I’d ask that you first offer an apology to Mikey Weinstein for your horrible email – I believe you owe it to him. And if you only wish to continue spewing the sort of vitriol and you did in your email, I will leave you to it and will pray that God softens your hard heart.

Peace,

Mike Challman
Christian, USAF veteran, MRFF supporter

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