Interesting

From: (name withheld)
Subject: Interesting
Date: August 14, 2018 at 4:55:03 PM MDT

 

Your organization appears to be a terrorist group; time to investigate your leadership, prosecute and throw in prison – as you would do to others that don’t agree with you.  The big question is; why do you fear other people’s faith????? Like most terrorists and socialists you are true cowards. May God have Mercy on your souls.  
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
From: Mike
Date: August 14, 2018 at 5:47:49 PM MDT
To: Michael L Weinstein <[email protected]>, [email protected]
Subject: Re: Interesting

Hi Mr. (name withheld)- or is it Ms.?

As one who knows the leadership of the MRFF pretty well, I’m wondering how you have become confused enough

to determine it “appears to be a terrorist group.” Of course it’s not and that’s a silly thing to suggest. Why did you?

What is is you think an investigation of our leadership – by which I assume you mean Mikey Weinstein – might show?

That’s a legitimate question: I’d like to know.

As regards “prosecute and throw in prison,” I’m unaware of any evidence that we’ve ever done such a thing to anyone,

even those, like yourself apparently, who “don’t agree” with us. Actually, we wouldn’t have the authority to do such a
thing, and even if we did we have no interest in throwing people in prison unless, I suppose, they break the law. Where
do you get ideas like these?

As to your question about fearing “other people’s faith,” we don’t fear anyone’s faith. The whole point of the organization,
its mission, is to protect the right of every individual in our armed forces to believe as she or he chooses. We honor all faiths.
We honor your right to your belief. Is that it? Does the fact that we honor all faiths bother you? Is it perhaps that we honor it
if someone chooses to have an unusual belief system or to have no faith at all? Is that what bothers you?

If so, how is it that you can quarrel with the idea that every American has the right to believe as she or he chooses?

By what evidence or logic, assuming you are in control of same, do you conclude that those of us associated with the

fine work of the MRFF are cowards? Further, how is it you seem to equate terrorists with socialists? That’s curious.
You see, I’m afraid none of your assertions hold water or make any real sense. But I’d like to understand.

You end your missive with the wish that God will have mercy on our souls. That suggests to me that you do have some
sort of a belief in God. If that’s so, that’s just fine by me. But I’d like to understand, why does our work to protect the

right of all the people in the military to the belief of their choice bother you? Isn’t that what being an American is about?

Please write back and help me understand your concern. I’d like very much to clarify things for you.

Thanks.

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Joan Slish
On Aug 14, 2018, at 6:07 PM, Joan Slish  wrote:

 

Dear (name withheld),
You don’t even know what a terrorist organization is.
U.S. Code Title 22 Chapter 38, Section 2656f(d)defines terrorismas: “Premeditated, politically motivated VIOLENCE perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnationalgroupsor clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience”.
NATOdefines terrorismin the AAP-06 NATO Glossary of Terms and Definitions, Edition 2014 as “The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence against individuals or property in an attempt to coerce or intimidate governments or societies to achieve political, religious or ideological objectives”.
We do not threaten force or violence against anyone but defend the Constitution, case laws and the UCMJ, and educate people to the standards that our military must uphold.
Mikey and MRFFare neither an atheist organization nor are we anti-Christian. Mikey is Jewish (and prays to the same Father we do 3 times a day) and 80% of the Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters (420 in total) of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are Christians. In fact, 96% of our 57,000+ soldier clients are mainline Christians and we fight for them more than any other belief or non-belief.
We also have many distinguished and honorable military members (including Christian Chaplains and religious leaders) on our Board and Advisory Board whom we rely on for their expertise on religion in the military.
Check out our mission statement.
We also have liaisons on almost every base in the world.
As defenders of the Constitution we fight for the separation of church and state.
“…but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” (Article I, III)
This means that from the President to Congress to the military – no one’s job is based on their religion.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion (Establishment Clause), or prohibiting the free exercise thereof(Free Exercise Clause).”(First Amendment)
TheEstablishment Clausemeans that you cannot favor one religion over another even though it is in the majority. This clause respects the RIGHTS of all religions. Our military is SECULAR and there are people of other faiths that don the uniform that love this country.
TheFree Exercise Clause(which is subservient to theEstablishment Clause) means that our soldiers are free to exercise any religion they want or no religion at all but cannot elevate one God above others.
“Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support ofthemselvesand force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”Thomas Jefferson, to the Virginia Baptists (1808) ME 16:320.
This is his second known use of the term “wall of separation,” here quoting his own use in the Danbury Baptist letter.
This wording of the original was several times upheld by the Supreme Court as an accurate description of the Establishment Clause.
“Jefferson’s concept of “separation of church and state” first became a part of Establishment ClausejurisprudenceinReynolds v. U.S.,98 U.S. 145 (1878). In that case, thecourtexamined the history of religious liberty in the US, determining that while the constitution guarantees religious freedom, “The word ‘religion’ is not defined in the Constitution. We must go elsewhere, therefore, to ascertain its meaning and nowhere more appropriately,we think, than to the history of the times in the midst of which the provision was adopted.” The court found that the leaders in advocating and formulating the constitutional guarantee of religious liberty were James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.Quoting the “separation” paragraph from Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, the court concluded that, “coming as this does from an acknowledged leader of the advocates of the measure, it may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the amendment thus secured.
In 1878 “separation of church and state” became part of the Establishment Clauseby law.
The Supreme Court heard theLemon v. Kurtzmancase in 1971 and ruled in favor of theEstablishment Clause.
Subsequent to this decision, the Supreme Court has applied a three-pronged test to determine whether government action comports with theEstablishment Clause, known as theLemon Test:
Government action violates the Establishment Clause unless it:
1. has a significant secular (i.e., non-religious) purpose,
2. does not have the primary effect of advancing or inhibiting religion
3.does not foster excessive entanglement between government and religion
Parker v. Levy:
 “This Court has long recognized that the military is, by necessity, a specialized society separate from civilian society…While the members of the military are not excluded from the protection granted by the First Amendment, the different character of the military community and of the military mission requires a different application of those protections. …The fundamental necessity for obedience, and the consequent necessity for imposition of discipline, may render permissible within the military that which would be constitutionally impermissible outside it… Speech[in any form]that is protected in the civil population may nonetheless undermine the effectiveness of response to command.  If it does, it is constitutionally unprotected.” (Emphasis added) Parker v. Levy, 417 U.S. 733, 1974
AFI (Air Force Instruction) 1-1, Section 2.12:
 2.12. Balance of Free Exercise of Religion and Establishment Clause.Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for their own free exercise of religion, including individual expressions of religious beliefs, and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. They must ensure their words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief, or absence of belief.
To place the Christian god above all others is in violation of the Separation of Church and State codified in the First Amendment by Reynolds v. U.S.; Lemon v. Kurtzman; the Lemon Test; Parker v. Levy and AFI 1-1, Section 2.12.
I have attached the in-depth formal complaint with more rules and regulations that have been broken, by our lawyer Donald G. Rehkopf.
God already has mercy on Mikey’s soul and eternal salvation has already been sealed by Him. Paul says in Romans 11:25-29:

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

For thisismy covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

As concerning the gospel,they areenemies for your sakes: but as touching the election,they arebeloved for the fathers’ sakes.

For the gifts and calling of Godarewithout repentance.”
No one here fears other people’s faith.
You will be held accountable to God for these words you wrote.
“But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
Remember, you will be standing in front of Jesus’ Judgment Seat who was born, raised, preached and died a Jew.
God will curse you because you will have no excuse for your behavior and your words in this email have condemned you.
Joan Slish
MRFF Advisory Board Member

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere
On Aug 14, 2018, at 6:24 PM, John Compere  wrote:

Dear (name withheld),
 
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is an American non-profit constitutional rights organization (composed of more than 80% Christians) dedicated solely to ensuring the right of military men & women to freedom of religion to which all Americans are entitled under the US Constitution. MRFF represents over 57,000 military members (96% of whom are Christians) who requested their right to determine, enjoy & practice their own beliefs be respected & protected without coercive interference from others, especially superiors. MRFF represents them with patriotic pride & will continue to do so.
 
The US Constitution prohibits the government or its representatives (which includes the military) from promoting or endorsing a religion. US Armed Forces regulations also prohibit the endorsing or promoting a religion. The military mission is to defend our nation against its enemies – not promote or endorse a religion. The military sworn service oath is to bear true faith & allegiance to the US Constitution – not to a religion. Those who do not respect & refuse to obey the Constitution, military regulations & sworn service oath have the right to seek a civilian career.
 
MRFF does not “fear other people’s faith”. MRFF advocates for freedom of faith in the military & has been officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 7 times for this advocacy.
 
Willful ignorance is a choice that is difficult to dissuade when infected with apathy, acrimony & arrogance. MRFF earnestly endeavors to enlighten those who suffer from it & will continue to do so.
 
Most Sincerely,
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam)

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