Suing New Hampshire VA hospital

From: (name withheld)

Subject: Suing New Hampshire VA hospital
Date: May 14, 2019 at 3:36:01 PM MDT

 

Hi Mikey,
Mikey I’m appalled that you are suing over the very thing that is in your organizations name. “”religious Freedom?” See this is all a part of an alarming trend in this country. We all think we can tell everyone what to do, what to say, what to believe, and how to live, or else. It’s got to stop. Freedom means Freedom? Doe’s it not Mikey? So when you start a frivolous lawsuit telling others what to do and what to believe (at least your not doing that, I hope?) I’m a veteran and I and many other veterans are very up set over this. We feel you are disregarding what this Veteran went through in the name of god, or your lack there of. You have a right to what you believe but don’t force others to follow your ways. Leave that to the damn communist Democrats. A bible doesn’t stop a person from being atheist. You org needs to let it go.
Thank you
have a nice day
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere

On May 14, 2019, at 6:13 PM, John Compere  wrote:

(name withheld),
 
Thank you for your military service. Both the Military Religious Freedom Foundation Founder Mikey Weinstein & I are fellow veterans.
 
Please be advised the Foundation, which is composed of over 80% Christians, opposes Christians putting their religious scripture in the middle of non-religious POW/MIA remembrance displays to publicly proselytize their private religious beliefs in government hospital facilities for many valid reasons, primarily because it violates the US Constitution & long established American law.
 
All POWs, MIAs & military veterans are not Christians & exclusively endorsing & promoting Christian scripture in government facilities is a violation of the 1st Amendment which prohibits our government from endorsing & promoting a religion & requires government neutrality regarding religion (neither pro-religion nor anti-religion, but religion-neutral). Religious scriptures can be placed in hospital chapels for those who wish to see or study them.
 
“It has been suggested that [the military chaplaincy] has a tendency to introduce religious disputes into the Army, which above all things should be avoided, and in many instances would compel men to a mode of Worship which they do not profess.” – 1st President & Commander-in-Chief GEORGE WASHINGTON
 
Most Sincerely,
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Advisory Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation

From:  (name withheld)
Date: May 15, 2019 at 9:32:11 AM MDT
To: John Compere
Cc: Military Religious Freedom Foundation <[email protected]militaryreligiousfreedom.org>
Subject: Re: Suing New Hampshire VA hospital
Hi John,
thank you for your reply and thank you all for your service. I’m glad I contacted you because I don’t just follow blindly. I contacted your ORG hoping to get the truth behind what I saw on TV( “believe half of what you see and none of what you hear” is my belief) and I did. I stand behind the constitution and now your ORG. Fox news always complains how Democrats only follow the laws that suit them and to see them pull the same Bull is disturbing.

I do believe government needs to get out of our lives and church and state need to remain separate. I believe in freedom and would give my life for it. So with that being said I will write my congressman today about just that, and you should urge others to do the same. And I will donate to your ORG as well as a thank you for standing up to government and for freedom.

Take care
and thank you again for your service
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On May 16, 2019, at 12:56 AM, Mike  wrote:


Hi (name withheld),

The only thing – well, the primary thing – that’s appalling is your complete lack of understanding of what we’re doing

and why.

I agree there is an “alarming trend in this country,” unfortunately you represent it. It is a tendency to make false assumptions

and act on them by spewing a rant full of self-righteous indignation. It makes you look like a fool. And there seem to be a lot of you out there.

You see, we’re not telling you “what to do, what to say, what to believe.” We’re saying the constitution needs protection. We’re all for people having the right to their own belief system, whatever that might be, and our only objection is to the placement of a religious artifact on a government-sponsored display where it doesn’t belong.

We are certainly not “disregarding what this veteran went through in the name of god.” If someone wants to put up a display honoring this man and include his bible, that’s up to them, as long as it’s done in the proper manner. A POW/MIA display honors men of all beliefs, perhaps including no belief, and a Christian Bible can’t presume to properly honor them all. When such a display is placed in a U.S. Government facility it cannot, according to our constitution, our laws and military regulations, promote one belief system over all others.

So spare us the lecture about what freedom means, as we understand the concept a bit more clearly than you seem to.

Think about it, (name withheld), and stop wallowing in ignorance.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


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