From: (name withheld)
Date: May 10, 2019 at 4:22:00 PM MDT
To: <[email protected]>
Subject: Freedom

We don’t need you telling us we can’t have a bible anywhere Vets are welcome.

Freedom of religion is for Everyone including Christians.

(name withheld)

Give a rest and do some good with your organization not just stir up trouble.

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere
On May 10, 2019, at 5:02 PM, John Compere  wrote:
(name withheld),
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (composed of over 80% Christians) opposes fundamentalist Christians putting their religious scripture versions in the middle of non-religious POW/MIA remembrance displays to publicly proselytize their private religious beliefs because it –
(1) disobeys the US Constitution, US Armed Forces regulations & American law, (2) distorts the original non-religious purpose of POW/MIA remembrance by promoting a religious scripture version, (3) distracts from non-religious POW/MIA remembrance by promoting religious beliefs not shared by all POWs, MIAs & Americans (military & civilian), (4) disregards common dinner table settings that do not include religious scripture in the middle of them, & (5) disrespects millions of Americans (military & civilian) who are not fundamentalist Christians.
Please be advised the US Constitution 1st Amendment provides our historic trinity of religious liberties – (1) freedom from religion, (2) freedom of any religion or no religion, & (3) freedom for religious speech. It prohibits our government from “respecting” a religion, requires government neutrality regarding religion (neither pro-religious nor anti-religious but non-religious), & does not allow our government to endorse, promote or impose a religion.
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Advisory Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On May 10, 2019, at 11:06 PM, Mike  wrote:


Hey (name withheld),

Try reading the Constitution, (name withheld). Try reading some U.S. history. There is something called the separation of church and state. It’s the way the founders protected Americans’ right to believe or not believe as they choose. What it means is the U.S. Government cannot and should not promote any one religious faith or belief system over any other.

Nobody here is opposed to Christianity. Most of those associated with the MRFF are Christians. But they understand it is not appropriate to pretend all servicemen and women or all POWs and MIAs are or were Christians. The original POW/MIA tables were designed by River Rats in Vietnam, you may remember them. There was NO Bible on the table. The American Legion understood and there were NO Bibles on their POW/MIA tables.

The MRFF has been pointing this out to every unit, hospital or other institution that has inadvertently put a Bible on their tables and they’ve all understood and have taken them off. Except for this outfit. They initially agreed, and then someone decided to make an issue of it. This is what the fundamentalists want. They want everyone to think we’re anti-Christian so they can push their own agenda. We’re not having it.

Hope that helps you understand.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)

On Sun, May 12, 2019 at 10:18 AM (name withheld) wrote:

Get a life.

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

On May 12, 2019, at 12:01 PM, Mike wrote:


Whew! What a thoughtful riposte!

Kind of lets us know the capabilities of those who oppose the freedom of religious choice.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)




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