Group wants to ban WWII POW’s Bible from veterans memorial

From:  (name withheld)
Date: March 1, 2019 at 10:01:58 AM MST
To:[email protected]militaryreligiousfreedom.org” <[email protected]militaryreligiousfreedom.org>
Subject: Group wants to ban WWII POW’s Bible from veterans memorial

Bible at the center of a Manchester VA Medical Center display has been targeted by an outside group for being “intolerable” and “unconstitutional.”
No Weinstein it’s not unconstitutional.  Why don’t you find your dumb ass something useful to do.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere
On Mar 1, 2019, at 10:57 AM, John Compere  wrote:

Dear anonymous,
 
The historic tradition of the American POW/MIA dinner table display was originated by the River Rats, a group of American Vietnam War combat pilots, who began this military tradition without religious books. Thereafter, the American Legion continued the tradition without religious books. A few religionists have disregarded & disrespected this non-religious military tradition by placing their religious books on the display & imposing their choice of religion on others without lawful authorization.
 
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation represents military men & women who have requested the religious books of others be removed from POW/MIA remembrance displays because it (1) disobeys the US Constitution, military regulations & established law of our land by endorsing a religion, (2) distracts from the original purpose of POW/MIA remembrance by promoting a religion, (3) distorts the original non-religious tradition of POW/MIA remembrance by inserting a religion, (4) disregards common dinner table settings that do not include religious books, & (5) disrespects all military members & all Americans who do not want someone else’s version of religion proselytized on the POW/MIA remembrance display.
 
The purpose of the POW/MIA dinner table display is to leave a place at the dinner table for our military comrades who are prisoners of war & missing in action for when they return. It is intended to be a respectful remembrance of THEM. It is not now nor has ever been about one’s choice of religion.
 
Most Sincerely,
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Advisory Board Member, Military Religious freedom Foundation (over 80% are Christians)

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