The Law of The Land

From: (name withheld)
Date: August 16, 2018 at 11:33:46 AM MDT
To: [email protected]org
I am praying for your organization that you will see that the persecution of Christians is not only wrong in the eyes of Almighty God but against the law according to the First Amendment. If an Air Force General’s web site offends you then don’t there. Real simple. Have a better day.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere
On Aug 16, 2018, at 2:51 PM, John Compere  wrote:

Dear (name withheld)

 
Please be advised the US Constitution prohibits our government (which includes the military) from promoting or endorsing a religion. The US Supreme has continuously & consistently confirmed this as the law of our land. US Armed Forces regulations prohibits the military from promoting or endorsing a religion. The 1st Amendment contains, respectively, our historic trinity of religious freedoms – (1) freedom from public religion, (2) freedom of private religion, and (3) freedom for religious speech. These freedoms cannot be used to violate the freedom of others.
 
The secular military mission is to defend our nation against its enemies – not promote or endorse a religion. The secular military service oath is to bear true faith & allegiance to the US Constitution – not to a religion. Military chapels are available for those who choose to worship & military chaplains are available for those who seek spiritual support.
 
No military person, other than military chaplains, may use his or her office, position or rank to presumptuously & publicly promote private religious beliefs. That is the law as well as mandatory military policy. No military person is above the law & that applies to all religions, including Christians. Those who disrespect & disobey the Constitution, military regulations & military service oath have the right to seek a civilian career.
 
Please have a better day yourself.
 
Most Sincerely,
Brigadier General John Compere, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, US Army (Retired)
Former Chief Judge, US Army Court of Military Review
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam)
Military Religious Freedom Foundation Advisory Board Member

On Thursday, August 16, 2018, 4:15:00 PM CDT, (name withheld) wrote:
Well sir, if you believe that justifies your actions then good for you. I don’t agree with it and I believe the Constitution allows for that as well. Just so you know, I fully support our troops regardless of what their beliefs are. I hope and pray that the Lord keeps you and all of the other service men and women safe and out of harms way.

Sincerely,
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere
On Aug 16, 2018, at 4:53 PM, John Compere  wrote:

Dear (name withheld),
Thank you for your civil response. Your support of our military & hopeful thoughts for our military men & women are sincerely appreciated.
John Compere

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6 Comments

  1. Umberto Fonte

    Congratulations, you and your kind are quickly turning this country into one nation under Satan with no liberty or justice for anyone. keep up the good work.

  2. Grey One talks sass

    Umberto – let us play a game.

    If the Generals webpage had been promoting any other religion than Christianity would you be so quick to defend him?

    See, I already know the answer based on your comment. If the General had been a Pagan, Muslim, or Satanist you would be protesting instead of supporting.

    In the public square here is a tip – leave your faith and religion at home. Your rights end where mine begin and you Christian Nationalists are all kinds of boundary violators. It’s not an easy thing to do, nothing of importance ever is. However, to move forward it’s vital that you Christian Nationalists learn how to play well with others. So far y’all have failed the subject.

  3. Umberto Fonte

    You’re right. Time to scratch that old saying off the currency, In God We Trust. Let’s trust in nothing. I don’t trust you, you don’t me and anybody willing to lay down their life to defend this country ought to have their head examined. Sorry if you’re triggered because of my beliefs. While we’re at it, let’s get rid of the constitution and ban all public speech.

  4. Grey One talks sass

    Thank you Umberto for that excellent suggestion. The USA should remove In God We Trust and replace it with E Pluribus Unim. Out of many, one. It was the original slogan after all.

    Curious – why would I toss the Constitution and Bill of Rights? In this part of your response you don’t make any sense. Nor did you answer my question or play my game. You just tossed a huff and accused me of being triggered. Projection much?

    Guess you can’t handle sharing. Perhaps a refresher in Kindergarten will remind you of what is important. After, I learned the most important life lessons in kindergarten. I believe there was even a book published on the subject. Please read it before responding.*

    * Yes, I gave you homework.

  5. Ariel Thomann

    Dear Umberto and Grey: I also concur with the suggestion that ‘In God We Trust’ be removed from the currency (it was first inserted in a 1864 two-cent Union coin – thus not applicable in States from the old “Confederacy”?), and not applied to other currency until the early 1950’s (McCarthy era). But I suggest that instead we go back to the three mottoes specified by the Founding Fathers and used in actual currency in 1776 and 1787:
    (a) the word “FUGIO” applied to a sundial under the sun,
    (b) “MIND YOUR BUSINESS”,
    (c) “WE ARE ONE” (in English, not the Latin version ‘e pluribus unum’).

    And please note that the “no religious test” clause in Article 6 of the Constitution was adopted ‘nem com’ (unanimous) in August of 1787, years before the Bill of Rights. And the only objection to it was that it was unnecessary in view of the “prevailing liberality”!.

    Yes, more homework… Peace

  6. G

    We should remove the word “Under God” and “so help me God” when doing the Pledge of Allegiance and swearing under oath in a court of law. The cops don’t seem to fear God when giving false testimony and evidence in a court of law.

    “Congratulations, you and your kind are quickly turning this country into one nation under Satan with no liberty or justice for anyone. keep up the good work.”

    Umberto Fonte, you need to apply that statement to the wealthy people and business leaders who have been destroying the country and the world for the last 38 years.

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