VA Bible

On Feb 28, 2019, at 7:05 AM,  (name withheld) wrote:

Instead of removing the Bible why didn’t you request that other religious texts be included in the display?  It’s organizations like yours and the aclu that are tearing down the fabric of our country. Maybe we should get rid of all the money in the US too. In God we trust. Also get rid of the Constitution as God is mentioned there. Get rid of the Declaration of Independence too and go back to being owned by Great Britain. Thank you for your service but I served also and think your wrong.


Response from Founder and President of MRFF Mikey Weinstein

From: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]militaryreligiousfreedom.org>
Date: February 28, 2019 at 8:09:26 AM EST
To: (name withheld)
Subject: Re: VA Bible
From: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]militaryreligiousfreedom.org>
Date: February 28, 2019 at 8:09:26 AM EST
To: (name withheld)
Subject: Re: VA Bible
Hi (name withheld)… Actually God is SPECIFICALLY not mentioned in the constitution… The Declaration of Independence is not a governing document for the country but in the constitution there’s absolutely NO mention of God… As there are literally thousands of religions, a POW/MIA table simply could not hold even a fraction of Each of their respective books of faith… we would, however, be open to a “generic book of faith“ which holds thoughts from multiple religions and includes intentionally blank pages for those who follow no faith traditions… Not an ideal solution but one we have worked with in the past and we will find acceptable on occasion… If you think that we at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and the ACLU are tearing this country apart, may I suggest that perhaps it is just too hard for you to see beyond your possible white straight Christian male privilege, good sir?… Maybe I have and inaccurately assumed that you are straight and white and Christian but we face comments like yours a lot and after a while we get used to those who make them… Please accept my apologies if I have assumed wrong here?…. please also remember that we are representing the 14 veteran clients in this matter… The majority of them are actually Christians themselves… … In any event, James, thank you for taking the time to reach out… Mikey Weinstein… Founder and President, Military Religious Freedom Foundation…

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere

On Feb 28, 2019, at 9:36 AM, John Compere wrote:

(name withheld),
 
The US Constitution is secular, contains no deity reference & mandates “no religious test” shall ever be required as a qualification to any public office (Article VI).
 
The Declaration of Independence contains universal terms inclusive of all religious & non-religious beliefs. Moreover, it declares “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed” (not from a deity).
 
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation represents military men & women who have requested the Christian religious book be removed from secular POW/MIA display tables because it (1) disobeys the Constitution, military regulations & established law of our land by promoting a version of religion, (2) distracts from the secular display purpose of POW/MIA remembrance by proselytizing a religion, (3) distorts the original & historic secular tradition of the POW/MIA display, (4) disregards common dinner table settings that do not include religious books, & (5) disrespects all military members (& all Americans) who are not fundamentalist Christians.
 
The purpose of the POW/MIA display is to leave a place at the dinner table for our military comrades who are prisoners of war or missing in action for when they return. It is intended to be a respectful remembrance to never forget THEM. It is not about a religion or religious scripture.
Hopefully, this will help you understand why we represent military members who request it, why our motto is “Fighting for our service members’ rights, so they can fight for ours” & why Military Religious Freedom Foundation has been officially nominated for the Noble Peace Prize 7 times for its advocacyon behalf of military men & women.
 
Most Sincerely,
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Advisory Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (over 80% of whom are Christians)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Feb 28, 2019, at 9:49 PM, Mike wrote:


Hi (name withheld),

It appears that Mikey has clarified things for you, so I assume you now better understand the

situation. We get a lot of responses, many of them quite intemperate, from people who simply don’t

understand either our position or the reality of the laws in this country.

But just in case I can help a bit, we’re not against the Bible and our intention is not “removing the Bible,” as you suggested, but only in seeing to it that no artifact promoting a single religious belief system is put forward in a manner that implies preference on the part of a governmental entity for one belief system over others. I think the suggestion of a ‘generic book of faith,’ if one felt it necessary to display such a thing, might solve the problem if it offered a reference to all belief systems including non-belief.

Our concern, as I trust you understand, is to honor the separation of church and state, as the Founders intended, thus protecting the freedom for all Americans to believe as they see fit.

I find your suggestion that our organization and the ACLU are “tearing down the fabric of our country” to be confusing, at best. What we are doing is protecting the fabric of this country, which is based on the right of all people to act and speak freely and to believe as they choose without feeling alienated or being intimidated by the powerful or popular if they happen to differ.

At any rate, I hope you’ll give some consideration to the serious implications of our mission. I find it is a misunderstanding of our intent that, for some, seems to push buttons that expose, to my way of thinking, an actual lack of faith rather than an embrace of it.

Best,

Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

 

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1 Comment

  1. Beth Zion

    Maybe Mikey should look in the mirror for he is a white, male, straight, Jewish privileged person!

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