Given your belief that:

“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.”
Do you also agree that no member of the military can be compelled to no prostelytize in the free practice of their religion, so long as it does not rise to the level of harassment. E.g. freely displaying religious paraphernalia, openly praying and engaging in religious activity, speaking to friends about their belief and engaging freely in dialogue, etc.? 
(name withheld)

Response by MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere
Dear (name withheld)
For your information, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is a nonprofit constitutional rights organization dedicated solely to ensuring members of our military receive the right of religious freedom to which all Americans are entitled under the US Constitution. For this advocacy, the MRFF has been officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 7 times. MRFF represents over 55,000 military members, veterans & civilian employees (96% of whom are Christians) who requested their constitutional right to freedom of religion be respected, protected & freed from uninvited interference & coercion
We are a nation with a secular founding, secular constitution, secular government & secular military. The secular military mission is to defend our nation against its enemies – not promote a religion. The secular sworn service oath is to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States…and bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” – not to a religion. The Constitution’s 1st Amendment prohibits our government or its representatives (which includes the military) from promoting a religion as the US Supreme Court has consistently held.
There is no American belief uniformity. Christianity, for example, has 2,000 vastly different USA versions (World Christian Encyclopedia). Our nation’s belief diversity is also recognized with an official published list of recognized religions for the military alone that currently includes 221 different belief groups (US Department of Defense). The many Christian members we represent do not want another person’s version of Christianity imposed upon them. The few non-Christian members we represent do not want any version of Christianity imposed upon them. All object to the private religious beliefs of someone else, especially superiors, being imposed upon them in the military workplace. They want to be able to perform their military duties free from unwanted religious proselytizing or evangelizing.
Self-righteous fundamentalist Christians use their military positions to publicly force their private religious beliefs on other military members, especially subordinates, during military duty in military work places violating the Constitution, their sworn oath & military regulations. Military chapels are available for those who choose to worship with military chaplains available for those who seek spiritual support.
So you see, Mr. (name withheld), our 55,000+ military clients clearly answered your question in the negative. They do not want the private religious beliefs of another publicly practiced on them while they are trying to fulfill their secular military mission, perform their secular military duties, & honor their secular service oath.
Most Sincerely,
John Compere
Brigadier General, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam)
MRFF Advisory Board Member


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  1. Calif Anon

    If a non believer asks a fellow soldier about his religious beliefs, he has the freedom to share is faith and what he believes.

  2. Mark Sebree

    Calif Anon,

    That is not the issue being discussed. It is military personnel using their superior position to evangelize to their subordinates, without their subordinates having any choice in the matter. If the superior’s beliefs state that he is supposed to evangelize his beliefs to everyone he can, military regulations and US Law countermand his opinions and beliefs. He is subject to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution while he is in uniform and/or can be generally recognized as being a military officer or superior. These laws override and overrule his religious beliefs, and make him subject to disciplinary action if he does evangelize or proselytize to his subordinates. He took an oath to defend the US Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, as well as to follow the lawful orders of his superiors, and his trying to impose his religious beliefs onto his subordinates violates both clauses of the oath by disobeying military regulations, which are lawful orders by his superiors, and by trying to subvert the US military and supporting a theocracy or theonomy, which makes him a domestic enemy of the United States and an enemy of the US Constitution.

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