What is it you’re afraid of?

From: (name withheld)
Date: August 14, 2018 at 8:56:46 PM MDT
What is it you’re so afraid of?  You might want to reexamine your own life before you try to ruin someone else’s life!  I really feel sorry for you.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Aug 14, 2018, at 11:11 PM, Mike  wrote:

Hi (name withheld),

We’re not afraid, but what bothers us is that so many people, you included, don’t seem to understand the U.S. Constitution and the meaning of freedom of religion. Because so many of your wounded and outraged brethren have contacted us, I don’t have the time to explain what you should already know. Let me only quickly say that we oppose no religion or belief system. We support the separation of church and state as outlined in our nation’s laws and military regulations. The U.S. Government – and that includes the U.S. military – may not propose, promote, propagate or proselytize for any one religion over the others. Period. You see, in order to allow for freedom of belief the government must stand aside and not favor one over the others.

You and the General in question may believe whatever you’d like, but a military officer may not promote his personal religious beliefs to those under his command. He may pray, he may believe strongly, he may act charitably, but one’s religious beliefs are a private matter and may not be put forth in such a way as to impose them on those under his command.

Is that really so hard to understand? We’re not interested in ruining anyone’s life. We’re interested in seeing to it that the beliefs of all those in the military are safeguarded. The fact that doing so causes people like you to scream epithets and blow about how wrong we are seems to me to be an indication that you actually lack trust in the faith you’re trying so hard to defend.


Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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