Get a real job

I am fed up with crybabies, like you.
What we really need is relief from the hate for religion, that you spread so casually.
I didn’t have a dog tag with bible verses on them, but I certainly wouldn’t impose my views on another soldier.  I am a fierce patriot, and I would gladly fight for my brothers and sisters whether they are religious or atheistic. The one person I wouldn’t desire is a back biter like you, behind me, in battle.
You are a coward. You hide behind the freedom afforded to you by reducing and slowly pruning the freedoms allowed to others. There are countries that would love to have you, such as Russia and China.  You should at least embrace the words of our founding fathers since you are an American. If not, then move to Havana where you would certainly be welcomed with open arms.

You and your worthless organization are a divisive and dangerous force to diversity and should be ashamed of yourselves. As a New Mexican, I am dismayed that you are officed here in my state.

You are welcome to open a lawsuit against my Xmas lights at anytime. We would pummel you in court.
Whine away you small, petty person.

Regards,

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere

On Dec 4, 2019, at 4:34 PM, John Compere  wrote:

 

First & foremost, thank you for your military service.
 
Military members have the right to any belief & any scripture they want, but one version of religion cannot be officially promoted & endorsed by our secular government by placing it on government issued property (military identification tags) at taxpayer expense because that violates the US Constitution, established American law, Department of Defense regulatory laws & military regulations.
 
As a veteran, you should know our troops do not have the right or authority to determine what is or is not on their official government issue military identification tags any more than they have the right & authority to determine what is or is not on their official government issue military identification cards.
 
Please direct your angry at those who disrespect & disregard our laws rather than at those of us who respect & request compliance with our laws.
 
As Founder & 2nd President John Adams wisely wrote – The very definition of a republic is a nation “of laws, and not of men” (“Thoughts on Government”, 1776).
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (80% Christians)

Sir,
I thank and salute you for your service, as well.
Your points are certainly well taken, and I believe to be worth consideration.
I am not as stubborn as the emotion exhibited in my letter. My apologies for the tone. I don’t normally react in such fashion.
If you would indulge me with your time to consider my viewpoint, it would be appreciated.
The dog tag ‘restriction of verse’ seems to be a trivial pursuit. When it comes to becoming a stalwart soldier, motivations are many.
Perhaps a simple verse or quotation on a dog tag is a motivating factor for a person of any faith or lack thereof.
I admit that there may exist security issues or other negative consequences which I have not considered. I too, am passionate about the ‘rule of law’, however I believe in the hearts of good men as well. So I admit, technically speaking, you are correct.
Ben Franklin said:
“When you are finished changing, then you are finished”.
Thus, I always study the other side of the debate.
With Deep Respect,
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Dec 9, 2019, at 4:20 PM, John Compere  wrote:
(name withheld), thank you for your civil response.
 
Military members may possess any belief & purchase any scripture they wish, but a private commercial business is prohibited from illegally profiting off of them by misrepresenting & mismanufacturing its souvenir 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.
 
Best wishes for the holidays.

 

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