From: Mikey Weinstein
Subject: Unconstitutional Violation at Tobyhanna Army Depot By Your Armed Gate Guard
Date: May 4, 2017 at 9:39:24 AM MDT
To: Colonel Peterson
Dear Col. Peterson,
Sir, one of your armed, DOD, Army, civilian gate guards at the Tobyhanna Army Depot Main or “Scranton” gate is wearing a baseball hat with the biblical citation from the New Testament Book of John “3:16” on it. Seriously, how can you let such a deplorable thing happen given how detrimental it is to good order, morale, discipline and unit cohesion, sir? Can you imagine the unmitigated outrage which would have occurred if that had been a citation on his hat from the Koran or the Book of Satan?
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has received official complaints from 21 of the Army civilian personnel under your direct command about this shameful matter of sectarian Christian proselytizing this morning. Fifteen of these 21 individuals, who are now MRFF clients, happen to be practicing Christians themselves while the other 6 are from the Jewish, Islamic and Hindu faiths as well as some who are atheists, secularists or agnostics.
We realize that you may not be aware of this egregiously unconstitutional action by one of your Dept. of the Army gate guards, yet you are still wholly responsible as the Commander, sir.
Thus, MRFF demands that you immediately order that offending gate guard to expeditiously remove that Christian-proselytizing baseball hat and appropriately, aggressively and visibly punish that individual as well as all others in his chain of command who are either directly or indirectly responsible for this unfortunate event as well.
MRFF notes that today is also the always terribly divisive so-called “National Day of Prayer” and we wonder if THAT fact caused this gate guard of yours to wear that hat today?
Please advise me soonest as to what actions you are taking, Colonel Peterson.
Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Founder and President
Military Religious Freedom Foundation