Your Stance On Bible at VA hospital

From: (name withheld)
Date: August 30, 2019 at 2:25:36 PM MDT
To: [email protected]org
Subject: Your Stance On Bible at VA hospital

I suggest the MRFF read the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. Your actions are directly opposed to written specifics

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.

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Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;


Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member John Compere

Aug 30, 2019, at 3:46 PM, John Compere wrote:

(name withheld),
 
Please be advised the Constitution 1st Amendment provides our historic trinity of religious liberties – (1) freedom from religion, (2) freedom of any religion or no religion, and (3) freedom for religion speech. It prohibits our government from lawfully “respecting” religion and requires government neutrality regarding religion (neither pro-religion nor anti-religion but religion-neutral). It has been our American law for 228 years. Its genesis was the 1785 Virginia Statue of Religious Freedom mandating “No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever.”
 
Please be assured the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is well acquainted with & actively advocates for the 1st Amendment because it protects our veterans from public promotion of a religion in government facilities. The public promotion of religious scripture by the government in its facilities violates the 1st Amendment. Religious scriptures can be placed in hospital chapels for those who wish to see them – not on secular POW/MIA dinner table remembrance displays in the public foyers of government medical facilities.
 
As you said yourself below the 1st Amendment forbids “promoting one religion over others”.
 
Sincerely,
 
Brigadier General John Compere, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, US Army (Retired)
Former Chief Judge, US Army Court of Military Review
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Advisory Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (composed of over 80% Christians)

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. OldSoldier

    That Bible on the table was a gift from a World War II veteran who had been a prisoner of war. That precious book had been a family heirloom he was kind enough to donate to the hospital. It deserves its place of honor. The MRFF should be ashamed of itself for the grief they have caused one of our “greatest generation”. How low are you willing to sink?

  2. OldSoldier

    I want to share a beautiful Soldiers prayer I saw online. I don’t care if I get slammed for this. We are one nation under God

    Father,
    Thank you for the example of David, the warrior king who poured out his heart to you from the midst of battle. Whether he was running for his life, fighting for his countrymen, or celebrating a victory, his thoughts often turned to you.
    Sometimes he wept in fear and frustration. Other times he wrestled with doubt, discouragement, or loneliness. When sin broke his heart (and yours), he talked to you then, too. His example reminds me I can come to you no matter what I’m facing, and you will hear my prayer.
    I praise you, Father, as Lord of the universe and the supreme commander in chief. You direct world affairs for your purpose and your glory. Nothing happens apart from your will. I can rest, knowing that everything that comes into my life has been filtered through your fingers of love. Help me trust you and believe. When my faith wavers, help me in my unbelief.
    You tell us in your Word that if we regard sin in our hearts, you will not hear us, so I begin this time of prayer with confession. Forgive me, Lord, for the ways I’ve failed you. For the times when I’ve sinned against you in word, thought, or deed. Forgive me, too, for the times when I could have done good, but didn’t. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.I am an old Soldier who believes we are one nation under God.

  3. Dan Fletcher

    If a Bible on a table offends you. Don’t look at it. How can you possibly think that is fair to Christians. With all the things going on in this terrible world we live in. Instead of spending money fighting against a bible on a table spend it on the hungry and homeless vets. You people are pathetic.

  4. G

    Sorry, Fletcher, but it is either all religious books on the table or none at all.

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