The Bible at VA

From: (name withheld)

Subject: The Bible at VA
Date: May 13, 2019 at 11:51:40 PM MDT

 

Mickey,
Why do you have an objection to a Bible carried by a POW of World War II being displayed? Are you also happy that many statues in the South of Confederate soldiers that are being destroyed? I look at that Bible as part of World War II history as I look at the status as part of the Southern Civil War history. We can not go back and change anything in the past. The picture I saw of the Bible, it was in a glass (or plastic) case. No one can read it. I don’t see where a Bible that was precious to a POW should have to be removed from a display because of narrow minded people like you. You probably don’t like the picture of George Washington kneeling and praying by his horse. And if you don’t like anything religious, please check your money and I will gladly accept any of it that has the words “In God we trust” on it. I promise you that this country was founded under the direction of God. It is because of people like you that God is being removed from this country and look at the problems that are happening. One last question, when you die and meet you Maker, will you be able to look Him in the eye and tell Him you fought to remove Him from people? Then maybe you don’t believe in God. I do. I proudly served my country to grant all people to have freedom of speech, even if I don’t agree with what many say.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On May 14, 2019, at 3:11 PM, Mike  wrote:


(name withheld),

Mikey has no problem with “a Bible carried by a POW of World War II being displayed” as long as it is done in the proper manner, probably privately. But in any case such a display should be done without the inference of U.S. Government authority, as is the case in the New Hampshire VA Medical Center, where its presence both violates the separation of church and state and infers that it honors all POWs and MIAs regardless of their belief or non-belief.

What does your question about the removal of statues of Confederate soldiers have to do with anything, except in some strange connection in your mind? Who is trying to change the past? is there something about recognizing egregious errors and doing something to atone for them that troubles you?

In terms of the Bible on the POW/MIA table, it was removed when the impropriety of its presence was pointed out (which involved explaining the history of such tables and their reason for being), but then was reinserted onto the table in, as you pointed out, a protective case, and bolted down. That was done, one assumes, by someone who thought, incorrectly, that the removal of the Bible was somehow an insult to Christianity, which it was not. Its continuing presence there, presumably under the watchful eye of a self-appointed defender of the faith, reestablishes the violation and inappropriateness stated above.

Your assumption about narrow-mindedness applies much more appropriately to yourself, I wish you understood, a fact that you make even more evident with your even sillier assumptions about a picture of George Washington and Mikey’s view of religion.

Your belief in God is your own business, Chettie, but your asinine judgments about Mikey Weinstein and the MRFF are evidence that you don’t follow the teachings of whatever you consider to be the Maker you apparently feel you have the right to speak for. It’s the so-called ‘believers’ like you, the self-appointed, judgmental, oh-so-pious ones so quick to leap to wrongheaded conclusions and declare themselves saved and thus superior that in my opinion turn people away from religion.

Spare us the baloney about your support for the free speech of those you don’t agree with. Take the time instead to learn a bit about why the Founders of this country struggled to make ours a nation in which everyone of any belief system has the equal right to choose how and what to believe and to practice it without your deeming it unacceptable.

And while you’re at it, think about the POWs and MIAs who just might not have been Christians and how they might feel about being honored by the Bible about which you are so defensive.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


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