MRFF Advisor Mike Farrell’s Spot On Response to Detractor’s Hate Mail – “You Will Soon Be Dust”

From:  (name withheld)
Subject: you will soon be dust
Date: November 28, 2018 at 1:38:03 PM MST

 

What is your MRFF’s problem with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

What did He ever do to you all at the MRFF other than to die and sacrifice His life for your sinful and evil ways.

You all seem to want Jesus kicked out of the military and replaced with MRFF?

The MRFF wants to be God now?

May the MRFF and your ring leader the jewish Mr. Weinstein wilt as the autumn leaves.

Becoming simple dust in the wind.

Time is on our side not the MRFF’s.

You will all soon be but a forgotten memory.

Christ rules eternal.

His will be done.


Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
Date: Nov 28, 2018, at 7:13 PM, Mike wrote:
Hi Big Hamster,

That’s the best I could do in terms of decoding your name. Hope it’s close.

Let me see if I can help. It appears you are one who believes he (I assume you’re a “he”, apologies if not. It’s just not my experience to receive messages from women who call themselves Big Hamster.) has a meaningful personal relationship with “our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” That’s fine with us. Lots of people do, many of them friends, staff, clients and supporters of the MRFF.

I do wonder, I have to say, about the use of the word ‘our’ at the beginning of the phrase. Should I assume from its use that you speak for others beyond just yourself? Or are you suggesting with the word ‘our’ that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of everyone? If the latter, while I guess I understand the aspirational nature of the assumption, I think it’s a reach.

But OK.

Understand, Big H, that we get a lot of mail from people who claim to be Christians but really don’t seem to understand Christianity. Most of them don’t send messages in the kind of semi-poetic form you’ve apparently attempted here, but kudos for the try.

However, despite the difference in form, or perhaps meter, you, like other faux Christians, appear to be confused about what we do and why we do it. So let me walk through it with you, verse by verse.

1. We have no problem with your devotion to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We think the U.S. Constitution supports people’s right to believe as they choose. Where we seem to run into problems is with what I’d call totalitarians, meaning people who believe they are so right in their personal belief that anyone who doesn’t share it is not only wrong but is a worthless scumbag condemned to hell.

That goes a bit far, don’t you think? Our reading of the constitution and military regulations based on it not only says people can believe as they’d like or not believe in anything at all and still be decent, productive American citizens and members of the military. More than that, it says the U.S. military, as part of the U.S. government, cannot promote one belief system over others. I hope that’s clear, because it seems to be a hard one for some people to get.

2. He didn’t do anything to us. As I said, many of the folks around us are Christians and many are not. We don’t have a problem either way. As for the “sinful and evil ways” you suggest he died and sacrificed himself to clear up, I trust you’re talking about yourself and others who ascribe to that teaching and are not accusing us of anything. As I’m sure you realize, accusing us of such a thing would not be a very Christian thing to do.

3. We don’t want to kick Jesus out of the military. We didn’t know Jesus was in the military.

4. The MRFF has no interest in being God. It is an organization dedicated to protecting the freedom of religious belief in the military. (It’s sort of stunning to me that someone could somehow come to a conclusion like that. Do you realize how silly you sound?)

5. “Wilt as the autumn leaves” is an interesting turn of phrase. It could be read as ‘everything has its time,” I suppose, but in the context you present it sounds like a death wish. That, among other aspects of this message of yours, leads me to conclude that you are exactly the kind of totalitarian I described above. That’s sad,

And of course your reference to “the jewish (sic) Mr. Weinstein identifies you as a bigot. That too, is sad.

6. Dust in the wind, 7. time on your side, 8. forgotten memory. Again, your attempts at poetic expression are deeply injured by the ugliness of your intention. You progress, I’m sorry to say, from sad to pathetic.

Per your ending salute, if the Christ I learned about were to meet you on the street, you wouldn’t know him. I suspect, bigot that you are, you’d fear and reject him.

Poetry, in order to be truly poetic, requires a capacity to appreciate beauty. It’s obviously a capacity you lack, making your words flatten and become self-satirizing. It’s very much like the Christianity you claim to embody and profess: flat and self-satirizing.

 

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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