Thanks for the quick response

From: MRFF Client/Military Officer’s E-Mail Address Withheld
Date: September 11, 2019 at 1:17:05 PM MDT
To: Michael L Weinstein <[email protected]>
Cc: Chris Rodda <[email protected]militaryreligiousfreedom.org>
Subject: Thanks for the quick response
Mikey – thank you to you and your team at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation!
Today, I reported an issue at my local Veterans Administration Medical Center to Chris Rodda, and within a matter of minutes had emails in response from both of you, and two quick telephone conversations to confirm the details of the situation.
Over the last 13 or so years, I’ve kept an eye on the actions of the MRFF, in all that you do to support all of us who have served or still are serving, regardless of our faith – in order to help ensure that every individual can worship according to the dictates of their conscience.
I’ve seen too many times where this freedom in the military was endangered, either out of fear of reprisal for trying to attend worship, or from a hostile work environment where it was well known – if you weren’t the right kind of Christian, you’d better not say anything; or even something so seemingly innocuous as showing preference to a certain faith based on what sacred book was displayed on a common memorial in an official location.
It’s been harder for people to attempt to restrict my freedom to worship over the years, as I have risen through the ranks to where I am now, at 25 years of service, and continuing.
What about the junior servicemembers who are afraid to rock the boat?
That’s where you in the MRFF come in.
Thank you for all that you do!

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8 Comments

  1. OldSoldier

    I wanted to post a beautiful poem about a Soldier that reminds all of us we are accountable to God for what we do on earth
    The soldier stood and faced his God,
    Which must always come to pass;
    He hoped his shoes were shining bright,
    Just as brightly as his brass.
    “Step forward now, soldier,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you turned the other cheek?
    To my church have you been true?”
    The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
    “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t;
    Because those of us who carry guns,
    Can’t always be a saint.
    I’ve had to work most Sundays,
    And at times my talk was rough;
    I’ve had to break your rules my Lord,
    Because the world is awfully tough.
    But, I never took a thing
    That wasn’t mine to keep;
    Though I worked a lot of overtime,
    When the bills got just too steep.
    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear;
    And sometimes … God forgive me,
    I’ve wept unmanly tears.
    I know I don’t deserve a place
    Among the people here;
    They never wanted me around,
    Except to calm their fears.
    If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn’t be so grand;
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”
    There was a silence all around the throne,
    Where the saints often trod;
    As the soldier waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.
    “Step forward now, soldier,
    You’ve borne your burdens well;
    Come walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
    You’ve done your time in HELL!”

  2. Grey One talks sass

    Old Soldier,

    Why you selected such saccharin prose is a mystery to me. Ugh. I thought torture was banned by the Geneva Convention. Seriously, keep this up and I’m going to name you an honorary Vogon.

  3. G

    Old Soldier, many soldiers lost their faith in believing in God and religion after going through a war. Why did God create a hellish thing like war?

  4. OldSoldier

    G there can’t be right without wrong and good without evil. God gave us free will we can love each other or kill each other. So often men blame God for their own foolish mistakes. Man created war not a loving just God.

    Grey One talks sass, that is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read. I performed it at my church. Leave it to a sardonic rectal opening like you to mock it

  5. Grey One talks sass

    OldSoldier, you need to read more poetry. As for your name calling it has been brought to my attention when a person resorts to such antics it means they have no other facts to support their point. As you repeatedly call me names I figure I’ve earned a badge of honor. Thanks. 🙂 By the way, defining a bit of writing as saccharine is not mocking, it is being descriptive. Calling you a Vogon – that is mocking you. For a self claimed educated person you sure like to make up definitions to words when you feel like it.

    G – I’ve found to really muck things up one requires the human touch. We humans continually torture, murder, and degrade anyone called other – all in the name of a mystical essence we humans call deity.

    It’s simple – every morning each person has a choice to do good or evil in the world. And I’m not talking about huge grand actions but the little things which escape most folks attention. Well, most except these little kindnesses are huge to those who receive them. I say it’s simple but like all simple things putting such actions into practice is hard.

    So, how will you, the reader of this blog interact with your community today? I choose to be For The Good of All And May It Harm None.

  6. Grey One talks sass

    Alright OldSoldier, let’s fisk this thing, Grey One style (I wasn’t planning on doing this but you called me a name so here we go…)

    {Fisk – verb / slang: to refute or criticize (a journalistic article or blog) point by point
    Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
    Word origin of ‘fisk’ C21: after the use of this technique by Robert Fisk (born 1946), British journalist, to criticize articles}

    OldSoldier posted:
    The soldier stood and faced his God,
    Which must always come to pass;
    He hoped his shoes were shining bright,
    Just as brightly as his brass.

    “Step forward now, soldier,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you turned the other cheek?
    To my church have you been true?”

    The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
    “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t;
    Because those of us who carry guns,
    Can’t always be a saint.

    I’ve had to work most Sundays,
    And at times my talk was rough;
    I’ve had to break your rules my Lord,
    Because the world is awfully tough.

    But, I never took a thing
    That wasn’t mine to keep;
    Though I worked a lot of overtime,
    When the bills got just too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear;
    And sometimes … God forgive me,
    I’ve wept unmanly tears.

    I know I don’t deserve a place
    Among the people here;
    They never wanted me around,
    Except to calm their fears.

    If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn’t be so grand;
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

    There was a silence all around the throne,
    Where the saints often trod;
    As the soldier waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.

    “Step forward now, soldier,
    You’ve borne your burdens well;
    Come walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
    You’ve done your time in HELL!”

    First point – tears are tears. Every human in the world has emotions and our bodies express some of those emotions as tears. The concept of unmanly tears is a reinforcement of toxic masculinity (not that all males are toxic but that some hyper male stereotypes are toxic). It is a fact if one doesn’t acknowledge ones emotions they will, like water, find a way out and usually in a fantastically inappropriate way.

    Second point – who didn’t want the soldier around? It’s never expressed, only the sense that the soldier wasn’t welcome. I believe this idea springs from homeless veterans and other people society has forgotten or thrown away. As I’ve discovered it’s not a warrior is not welcome, it’s that the Military (no matter what branch) does a suck all job of teaching soldiers how to be civilians again. This isn’t a new issue, just one that is currently in the news and needs more attention.

    Third – and not in order – why is working overtime a crime? What should be a crime is employers who refuse to pay a living wage. Side note: Does anyone else remember the age of the Unfunded Mandate when upper management asked us working slobs to do more with less and when things got better we’d be rewarded? Yeah, I’m still waiting. (squints eyes – I don’t think they meant that promise).

    In closing (and conclusion) I stand by my label of saccharine. I know what the author was trying to say but they used old stereotypes and sloppy rhymes which to me is lazy writing.

  7. OldSoldier

    Paul Harvey once did a piece on his show called If I Were The Devil. Even though he did it over fifty years ago it is chilling how relevant it still is today. I have highlighted two parts of it because that is what the mrff is trying to do

    I were the devil … I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
    I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings;
    I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;
    I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;
    I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;
    I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;
    I WOULD TAKE GOD OUT OF THE SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY AND MAKE EVEN THE MENTION OF HIS NAME THE GROUNDS FOR A LAWSUIT
    I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;
    I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;
    I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.
    I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;
    I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;
    I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;
    I WOULD PERSUADE PEOPLE THAT THE CHURCH IS IRRELEVANT AND OUT OF DATE AND THE BIBLE IS FOR THE NAIVE
    I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;
    I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.

  8. G

    Old Soldier, there has been good and evil long before the Christian God show up because people create laws to regulated evil.

    God must be pretty stupid in giving us free will, If man created war, then God should be stopping it; however, look at the wars God created when he allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt and return to their homeland. Remember when Moses had to hold his arms up during the battle of Rephidim; otherwise, the Israelites would have lost? God seems to be enjoying people killing each other and making conditions on who wins and who loses like he did with Moses.

    That poem from Paul Harvey sounds more like what happens when you don’t put any restraints on capitalism when you look at the political, social, and economic conditions in America has declined for the last 39 years. Judge Frederick Powell wrote a very, very long memorandum on how the CEOs can take back America which includes taking ooer the meid outlets: https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/democracy/the-lewis-powell-memo-a-corporate-blueprint-to-dominate-democracy/

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