Sickening

On Mar 1, 2019, at 9:50 AM,  (name withheld)

Good morning:

I read an article about your attempt to have removed, a Bible, from a WW2 memorial at a VA, and was appalled, sickened by your radical position. As a disabled veteran, I am offended. This is history! It is evident this is just an excuse to promote your radical ideology and diminish the countries heroes of something that he/she cherished at that time!

Secondly, what is next? Removal of every single artifact, of history in this country, disgraceful! Such divisiveness! This country was founded on such principles of faith, while it may not be mine or those you say you represent, or yours, but’s it’s a reality!

The sad piece, for me is that this is the part of history you would like to erase, shame on you!

(name withheld)


On Mar 1, 2019, at 11:26 AM,  (name withheld) wrote:

Mikey:

First, I deeply apologize if I sounded off and it was felt personally and I had no intention of “throwing stones”.

I have researched the work you do, and just disagree on the approach taken specifically in this situation.

I would die for this country, and for the cause of Christ.

Again, please accept my sincere apology.

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein

From: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]militaryreligiousfreedom.org>
Date: March 1, 2019 at 11:29:44 AM MST
To:  (name withheld)
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Sickening
Hey, no problem brother… I am sure we could be friends if we were ever able to meet face-to-face… Your apology is very much accepted… I respect your views and I respect your faith in Jesus Christ… You are a splendid person for having the guts to stand up and admit you were wrong… I hope you have a wonderful weekend and maybe we can meet someday over a beer or diet Coke?

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Mar 1, 2019, at 11:00 PM, Mike  wrote:


Hi (name withheld),

Sorry, but you’re being silly and slightly hysterical. I don’t know the source of your information, but it has failed you by not giving you the entire story.

The Bible doesn’t belong on the POW memorial and was not part of the original version, which was created by an organization dedicated to and serving the needs of veterans. It was not part of the original and should not be placed on copies for two reasons. First, all POWs are not Christians and we should not be in the business of ignoring or disparaging the faith or belief systems of those valiant men who have other beliefs. Second, religious artifacts like the Bible should not be placed on government-sponsored displays because the U.S. Government cannot and should not appear to be promoting one belief system over any of the others adhered to by those in our Armed Forces. That, I’m sure you understand, is the law. Further, for obvious reasons, it is a fundamental part of military regulations.

So please, calm down. There is no reason for you to be offended. We fully support the right of all members of the military to believe as they choose. And we honor all POWs, all veterans and all those who are currently serving. We just want to be fair to those of all beliefs. I trust you understand that.

As to the rest of your intemperate remarks, I respectfully suggest you reconsider them in view of the information you now possess. We have no interest in erasing our country’s history; it is our mission to protect it from those who attempt to alter it to promote their own vision of what they’d prefer it to be.

Best,

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


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