CAN THIS BE POSSIBLE?

From: (name withheld)
Subject: CAN THIS BE POSSIBLE?
Date: July 23, 2018 at 12:55:59 PM MDT

www.toddstarnes.com/show/air-force-base-defends-replacing-bible-with-generic-book-of-faith/?cmpid=NL_tadspth

The above is a link to a story that is a crock, complete nonsense.

How exactly does replacing the Bible with “The Book of Faith”
ensure that the religious and non-religious feel “included” and “cared for”?

Do you have ANY evidence to support the hypothesis that removing the inspired Word of God will accomplish this foolishness and NOW make any member of the military feel “included,” whatever the heck that means. Many have their own Bibles and other beautiful spiritual writings of the saints that go back two millennia.

I think the MRFF is one of thousands of dupes trying to discourage, if not eradicate, Christianity from the public domain. The MRFF and this action are a disgrace to our country.

(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Jul 24, 2018, at 12:36 AM, Mike wrote:


Hi Mr. (name withheld),

To get an answer to your question, you’d have to ask the person in command at the base who came up with the “The Book of Faith” as a replacement for the Bible. That was not our idea.

It’s clear the person in charge thought offering something that provides a number of “spiritual writings,” to use your term, representing different faiths or belief systems, was an acceptable compromise to using only the Christian Bible on the ‘POW MIA’ table, once we pointed out that its presence there was inappropriate.

As regards your question about whether the “Book of Faith” will make anyone feel more included, I suppose you’d have to ask them.

‘Included,’ since you indicate you don’t know, means to be part of a group, or not something that sticks out and/or is separate. That, of course, is central to the issue of troop unity.

The MRFF’s concern about the inclusion of the Bible arises from the fact that neither our government nor any part thereof can be put in the position of promoting or indicating a preference for one belief system over any of the others. That constitutes a violation of the separation of church and state.

Since the original “POW MIA” table, or the “Missing Man” table, as it has been known, did not include any religious book, tract or artifact, the arbitrary decision to put a Bible on the table was probably made by someone who didn’t think – or perhaps care – about the fact that many of the POWs, MIAs and “Missing Men” were not Christians. That’s an unfortunate oversight and one that is easily corrected by simply removing the Bible. Many have done so. In this particular instance the officer in authority chose to instead replace it with the “Book of Faith,” as explained earlier. There are, I’m told, blank pages included so that those who do not subscribe to a “faith” are thought of as well.

It occurs to me that since you suggest you believe the Bible to be “the inspired word of God” and thus seem to take the removal of the Bible as a personal attack, I can only assure you that the MRFF position is not in any way meant as an attack on Christianity. As indicated above, our position would be the same if the book placed on the table was the Koran, the Book of Mormon, the Torah or any other. Every person has the right to be free in her or his choice of religious belief, faith or none at all. That’s the basic right of every American.

Best,

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)


Response from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein
Subject: Re: CAN THIS BE POSSIBLE?
Date: July 23, 2018 at 1:00:13 PM MDT
To: (name withheld)


…ohhhh it’s VERY possible, sport!!…and we universally rejoice in the Commander’s constitutionally compliant decision made pursuant to the request of MRFF representing 36 USAF clients under her command there at F.E Warren AFB, WYO., 21 of them practicing Christians themselves!!!…..no need to thank us,….your kind attention is thanks enough!!…..best, Mikey Weinstein….Founder and Pres., MRFF

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