Re: U.S. Navy Investigation Sparked by MRFF’s Demand to Remove Unconstitutional Christian Bible Display

Pathetic,  removing bibles and religion is why this country is in the shape and deteriation and it won’t change until people get back to the Bible and God, and if you don’t like seeing the Bible than MOVE ON, Why should you be able to tromping on my rights to have GOD AND BIBLE THERE or Seen ! 
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
Hi (name withheld),

I found your message a bit difficult to understand. What’s quite clear, though, is that you are upset by

what you take to be an attack on yourself or your rights. As you put it, “Why should you be able to tromping
on my rights to have GOD AND BIBLE THERE or Seen?”

Let me quickly reassure you that no one here is interested in being “able to tromping on (your) rights.”
But even if we were given to that sort of “tromping,” when did it become your right “to have GOD AND
THE BIBLE THERE or SEEN?” And what, pray tell, does that mean anyway?

Are you in the military? Are you stationed at the hospital in Okinawa? Whether you are or not, and I
suspect not, do you think you have the right
to Impose your particular religious view on the women and
men in the military?

You see, Jerry, if you had carefully read the article, instead of leaping to the assumption that someone
is “tromping” on your rights, you’d have a better chance at understanding that the objection to the placement
of a Bible in a POW/MIA Missing Man display is not an attack on God or religion, but rather an insistence
that the military, as part of the U.S. Government, cannot be in the business of promoting one religion or
faith or belief system over others. That’s a violation of the separation of church and state, which is an
important part of the fundamental premise of this country.

You see, freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion for everyone means that Americans
can speak freely, think what they choose and believe what they want without being told by someone in
authority what is the right and proper way to believe.

You suggest, rather ungrammatically, that the “shape and deterioration” of this country will be rectified when
“people get back to the Bible and God.” That’s clearly your belief and you’re welcome to it. But then you
rather uncharitably demand that people who, you assume, “don’t like seeing the Bible,” should “MOVE ON.”
That’s one of those rude declarations that comes, in my opinion, from people, apparently people like you, who
think they have the handle on the one and only true faith and choose to demonstrate it by acting in a manner
that is self-satisfied, arrogant, thoughtless and fundamentally anti-Christian.

So give yourself a break: take a deep breath and read the articles again. If you do, you’ll find that this is not
about being against God or the Bible. It’s about being an American, a free person able to think and feel and
believe what one chooses. It’s about honoring the right of others to be able to think and feel and believe what
they choose.

After you do that, after you recognize the simple truth of this situation that you’ve so misconstrued, I suspect
you’ll be embarrassed at having come off as such a goon. But don’t worry. We won’t hold it against you. You
might, though, want to drop Mikey a line and apologize. It would be the Christian thing to do.

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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1 Comment

  1. Convivencia

    Dear name withheld,
    If you are currently serving in any branch of our military, I beseech you to see your service as a nine to five job with normative employment rules. Maybe you can begin reexamining what you believe constitutes patriotic loyalty and genuine military service. However If religion is truly your calling, consider a different job to fulfill yourself.

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