Dog Tags

My husband and I are both retire police officers and he is a Vietnam veteran and I am left speechless after reading a news article that you are demanding the Army stop distributing dog tags with bible verses. These are only given on voluntary request by the men and women risking and sacrificing their lives and safety. I’m sure you believe this to be a matter of critical importance or you are just reveling in the power surge you’re feeling now that you found that you, one man, have the ability to massively change policy in such a powerful institution and affect so many people by penning one letter. We only have one life and it is very short. I pray you will do some soul searching and see if this is really how you want to spend yours and what you really want your life to be known for. To take away something that brings comfort to others, something that has absolutely no affect on you in any way, just because why? You make me sad.

(name withheld)

Shame on you for insisting the DoD stop allowing bible versus to be used on Dog Tags. I am a veteran and though not a church goer I do believe that a lot of service women and men find those versus comforting. You must reconsider your demands!!


God Bless America

(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Dec 4, 2019, at 2:22 AM, Mike  wrote:


Dear (name withheld),
If people want to deface their dog tags with messages you believe they find comforting, they should do so themselves. The U.S. military should not be in the business of providing them, as it is a promotion of a particular religious view and thus a violation of the separation of church and state.
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

On Dec 4, 2019, at 2:09 AM, Mike  wrote:


Hi (name withheld),
You clearly weren’t left speechless. Instead of believing what you read and jumping to conclusions based on what someone wants you to think, you might consider asking for clarification rather than making the long-winded speech you’ve chosen to waste precious minutes of your “very short” life to write and send to us.
If women and men n the military want to get bible verses on their dog tags I’d suggest they arrange for it themselves. However, the U.S. government should not be in the business of making, offering and/or providing religious artifacts. That is government promotion of a particular religious belief and is a violation of the freedom of religion as guaranteed by our Constitution.
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)







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1 Comment

  1. G

    ” that a lot of service women and men find those versus comforting.”

    Yeah and how many of them didn’t find them comforting when the bullets started flying?

    Screw you retired police officers. You didn’t care about people’s rights in this country.

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