Bible Verses on Name Tags

Dear Sir,

As a daughter of a Navy Vjueteran, wife of a Navy Seal, mother of a Marine and retired police officer, I can assure you that in all of our darkest, scariest, most desperate times while serving our country and community, we received solace, courage and hope from the physical manifestations of our faith.
Our Bibles can be taken most places but not in the middle of real battle.
 Why would you want to hurt us so spitefully. These are absolute voluntary actions that are not broadcast into people’s faces but worn discreetly near our hearts.
Please reconsider this decision to dedicate your efforts to separating warriors from their faith.  I pray God opens your heart and your eyes to what is really going on here.
Sincerely
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Dec 7, 2019, at 3:50 PM, Mike  wrote:

Hi Ms. (name withheld),

I’m afraid you misunderstand. No one here is interested in depriving you, your loved ones or anyone you know of the solace, courage and hope you may

realize from carrying physical manifestations of your faith. You may certainly carry any such thing as long as it comports with the law and military regulations.

However, the dog-tags in question are manufactured and sold by a company that has violated the agreement it entered into with the branches of our

military. The official identification of the various branches of the military are allowed to be used to acknowledge agreement with the U.S. Government

only when the item bearing that ID is neither sold for profit making purposes nor can it carry a religious message.

You see, as a nation that believes everyone has the equal right to his or her religion or belief system, the U.S. Government does not officially endorse any one

particular faith or belief system over others.  So the makers of the dog-tags violated their agreement and have been asked to stop making and selling them.

They can make anything the want and sell it, but they can’t attach a religious message to anything that bears an official government  identification.

I hope that helps you better understand the situation.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Dec 7, 2019, at 6:39 PM, John Compere  wrote:
(name withheld), first & foremost, thank you & your family for your patriotic service to our our country.
 
Military members may possess any belief & purchase any scripture they want, but a private civilian business is lawfully prohibited from knowingly & illegally profiting off of them by misrepresenting & mismarking its souvernir merchandise as official government issue military identification tags in violation of its own licensing agreement with the Department of Defense & regulatory laws. That is why the military stopped it.
 
Most Sincerely,
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (80% Christians)

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1 Comment

  1. Looks like this unconstitutional action won’t stand.

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