burn in hell you fucken trash peddlers

From: (name withheld)
Subject: burn in hell you fucken trash peddlers
Date: August 14, 2018 at 12:26:45 PM MDT

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Joan Slish
On Aug 14, 2018, at 8:59 PM, Joan Slish  wrote:

 

(name withheld),
Your subject line “burn in hell you fucken trash peddlers”
Not happening!
Eighty percent of our Board, Advisory Board, volunteers and supporters – which total 420 – are Christian and ninety percent of our 57,000+ clients are Christian.
Mikey is Jewish and God has already taken care of his eternal salvation according to Romans 11:25-29.
Total = 55,057 of us.
FYI…no one here cares what you think.
Thanks for stopping by!
Joan Slish
MRFF Advisory Board Member

From: (name withheld)
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 3:09 PM
To: ‘Joan Slish’
Subject: RE: burn in hell you fucken trash peddlers

 

OK I am listening   Why sue this man????

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/08/14/todd-starnes-air-force-general-is-attacked-by-extremist-group-because-prays-for-others.html

(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Joan Slish

On Aug 15, 2018, at 6:17 PM, Joan Slish  wrote:

Dear (name withheld)
 

Thank you for saying you are ready to listen.

 

We aren’t suing him. We are asking the military to hold him to the laws concerning religious neutrality that have been on the books for years but are being flouted (openly disregard a rule, law or convention.)

 

Mikey is a 1977 Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Mikey served for more than 10 years with the Judge Advocate General (“JAG”) Corps and also spent over three years working in, and for, the West Wing of the Reagan Administration as legal counsel in the White House. In his final position there, Mikey was named the Committee Management Officer of the much-publicized Iran-Contra Investigation in his capacity as Assistant General Counsel of The White House Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President of the United States.

 

Mikey was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in America by the Forward, one of the nation’s preeminent Jewish publications. He also has received a nomination for the JFK’s Profile in Courage Award and received the Buzzflash Wings of Justice Award. In addition Mikey was honored by a distinguished civil rights organization, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, with the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk-Taker Award for those who have taken risks in the pursuit of justice.

 

In December 2012, Defense News named Mikey one of the 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense. As a distinguished “Opinion shaper” exercising a hard-fought influence over the U.S. Armed Forces, Mikey’s influence has been recognized as exceeding that of former General David Petraeus himself by a publication that represents “the world’s biggest military newsroom.”

 

As a JAG, Mikey is fully aware of the laws and regulations regarding religious neutrality in the military and other government entities.

 

He’s also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 7 times – twice in one year.

 

Mikey and MRFF are 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.

https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/about/foundation-voices/

 

Check out our mission statement.

https://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/about/our-mission/

 

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)

 

The Establishment Clause means 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.

 

The Free Exercise Clause (which is subservient to the Establishment 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 of themselves and 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 Clause jurisprudence in Reynolds v. U.S., 98 U.S. 145 (1878). In that case, the court examined 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 Clause by law.

 

The Supreme Court heard the Lemon v. Kurtzman case in 1971 and ruled in favor of the Establishment Clause.

Subsequent to this decision, the Supreme Court has applied a three-pronged test to determine whether government action comports with the Establishment Clause, known as the Lemon 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.

 

Todd Starnes and others in the Christian media are fully aware of all of the above but withhold it because they don’t want people to know the truth; otherwise their agenda to make our service members “government paid missionaries” and “soldiers for Christ” will fail. They want to bring us back to the days of the Crusaders and make every war a religious one

 

US Army Chaplain Major James Linzey, who, in a 1999 video, described mainstream Protestant churches as “demonic, dastardly creatures from the pit of hell that should be “stomped out.”

 

Just imagine serving in our military, being a mainline Christian (Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.) and knowing this is how they feel about you.

 

These mainline Christians face harassment because they are “not Christian enough” or “the right kind of Christian,” given poor performance ratings, advancements withheld and some kicked out of the military under trumped up charges – thus ruining their careers – all in the name of Jesus.

 

We fight for the religious rights of all of our soldiers under the Constitution, case laws and the UCMJ.

 

I have attached the in-depth formal complaint filed by our lawyer Donald G. Rehkopf Jr., with more rules and regulations that have been broken, which has been deliberately left out of the media.

 

If the military would abide by these laws, we wouldn’t be having this fight.

I hope this clears up some of your concerns.

 

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Joan Slish

MRFF Advisory Board Member


 

 

 

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