MRFF Supporter and Former USAF Pilot Responds to anti-MRFF FRC petition

Click here to view the petition (petition on MRFF Website is a screenshot that cannot be signed)

From: MRFF Supporter & Former USAF Pilot
Subject: Fwd: The Air Force is tossing the Bible. You can help bring it back.
Date: July 25, 2018
To: Mikey Weinstein

Got this email from FRC.  I did not sign the petition.  I responded with below:

I am an evangelical Christian and a veteran and believe the MRFF is defending freedoms spelled out in the US Constitution. Everyone has a right to believe whatever faith they choose or no faith. The Bible is a definite symbol of the Christian faith and as much as I would like everyone to revere that book, I know there are many who do not believe as I do. Mikey Weinstein is defending the rights of those as he has defended the rights of Christians. A Bible on the table of the POW-MIA display shouts Christianity. Not all POW-MIAs are Christian. The generic book is a statement of all faiths and no faiths. If a person’s faith is that fragile that it relies so heavily on a book, perhaps that person should reevaluate his/her beliefs. Please take this all into consideration in your future actions concerning this display. Thank you


MRFF Supporter & Former USAF Pilot

 

Email from FRC Pasted Below by MRFF Editor

Dear (withheld)

If this sounds like you’ve heard it before, it’s because you have.

The Bible has once again been found by a few officials to be too upsetting for members of our country’s highly trained military to handle. An anti-Christian group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) recently contacted officials at Warren Air Force Base to complain that the mere presence of a Bible on a Missing Man Table significantly disturbed at least 36 men and women. The group demanded the Bible’s removal.

Amazingly, base commander Col. Stacy Huser agreed.

Still, Colonel Huser issued a statement that said:

“One of our focus areas… is increasing the sense of belonging for all our Airmen; a large part of that effort is ensuring the religious and non-religious feel included and cared for. This concern being brought to our attention only helps us work toward meeting the needs of all Airmen.”

Instead, she proposes, the 90th Missile Wing will “replace the Bible on the POW/MIA table with a ‘book of faith’ containing scriptural writings and prayers from the five DOD chaplain-appointed faith groups and a sixth set of blank pages to represent those who find solace by other means.”

After trying this stunt (and failing) at other bases and government offices, MRFF’s Mikey Weinstein celebrated the decision over “gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize Americans.” To veterans like FRC’s own Lt. General Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.), Huser’s decision is a slap in the face to the POWs that these Missing Man Tables were meant to honor. After all, he points out, these tables are common sights on military installations across the country. Disrupting the displays — or censoring them – cheapens the sacrifice these men and women made for our freedoms — one of which happens to be the freedom of religion!

Just think: if our service men and women are traumatized by a Bible, how are they going to handle war? It’s a legitimate question in a military worn down by eight years of Barack Obama’s anti-religious hostility. In caving to MRFF, Huser is only keeping the last administration’s disregard for basic military tradition alive. These displays don’t violate a single regulation, Defense Department policy, or the Constitution.

We need your help. Please join me in urging Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who has in the past been a champion of religious liberty, to step in and set the record straight. Sign our petition to let Secretary Wilson know that replacing the Bible with a generic “book of faith” is an affront to those who have or who continue serving in our nation’s military and especially to our POW/MIAs. After signing the petition, please share it with your friends and on your social media.

Standing (Eph. 6:13),

Tony Perkins
President

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5 Comments

  1. Franklin Tharp

    Signed, sealed and delivered.

  2. G

    Where is Mr. Perkins’ proof about Obama being anti-religion? If anything, Mr. Perkins should go after his fellow Americans like Trump who praise the lord on Sunday, but then lied, cheat and steal from their fellow human beings on Monday.

    “Just think: if our service men and women are traumatized by a Bible, how are they going to handle war?”

    Funny there is a similar argument that people used for traumatizing military recruits. If they can’t handle basic training, how are they going to react in war? The truth is that no one really knows how well they will react when the bullets start flying and even if you perform well in combat, it is no guarantee that you will not suffer from the mental effects of war.

    If those people were traumatized by the Bible, then you wonder how they manage to pass basic training, flying school, various special forces unit in all the branches of the armed forces, etc.

  3. Carmine Wiggins

    I’ll sign a petition to ask SECAF to ignore the FRC’s rediculous claim that removing a book from a table is an afront to anyone that supports the Constitution of the United States and Separation of Church and State. I will bet my life that our troops can care less if there is a Bible anywhere but in a church or their private residence or on their person.

    Tony Perkins is the president of a christian dominonist cabal hell-bent on his religious rule. Go away Perkins, we do not hear or see you!

  4. S.S.

    The United States is a Christian nation.
    The MRFF is an atheist organization that bullies anyone who professes Christianity or has a Bible in public view or even on a private desk. Those who bend to the abuses from MRFF should not be in leadership positions.

  5. Mark Sebree

    S.S.

    Virtually every statement you make is completely wrong. The United States is a secular nation with a majority population of Christians of numerous denominations.

    The MRFF is a secular organization with 96% of its clients being Christians, and 80% of its staff and BoD being Christians.

    The MRFF fights against Christian bullies in the US Military that think that just because they are Christians (usually), they can ride roughshod over the rights of their subordinates and ignore DOD and service regulations as well as US Law.

    The MRFF does not go after people just because they happen to have any religious book in public view. Additionally, the military does not have “private desks”. If they are at their desks, they are representing the US government, and thus are subject to all the restrictions that US law and the US Constitution place on such representatives.

    The MRFF does not abuse anyone. Rather, they fight against the abuses usually Christian, particularly evangelicals and dominionists, heap upon they subordinates by the superiors trying to illegally impose their beliefs on their subordinates, and showing favoritism towards those that follow the same beliefs as the superiors.

    Those that ignore regulations, disrespect the rights of their subordinates, and seek to impose their beliefs onto their subordinates are the ones that should not be in leadership positions. Basically, the people that you seem to admire should not be anywhere near a position where they have control over others in the military.

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