Dear Mikey

Dear Mikey:  I am so sorry for your hatred towards God who loves you so unconditionally, unilaterally, unending, and undeserved.  Your eternity is at stake as well as your happiness in this life.  I am sorry for your bitterness.  I sincerely pray you repent and receive Jesus.  He died for you.  He rose for you. He lives for you.  He loves you unconditionally.  Receive Him, sir, now by going to Romans 10:9.  We all have a sin problem, so we all need the Lord.  God can forgive your pride, anger, bitterness and the issues of your childhood and adulthood that are haunting you.  Please let Him in… He so deeply loves you!
 
In the meantime, I respectfully request you cease and desist attacking the military of the United States and their families with your evil activism.  You evidently do not even know American History or the founding fathers Judeo-Christian values.  You can find America’s true history at my website, www.ReligiousFreedom1st.Com.  
 
The Lord have mercy on you and I pray that He grants you grace to repent and receive Christ.  Knowing Jesus is a RELATIONSHIP, not a RELIGION.  It’s not too late for you, sir.  God is going to come to you in dreams, visions, and through people who sincerely care about you, and you are going to fall in love with Jesus and the Bible!
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein
…well, well, well, hello there, (name withheld) boy!!……and Happy New Year there, brutha…and oh, by the way, I find your incredibly insulting e-mail to be breathtakingly arrogant and sickeningly sanctimonious….your moronic and pedestrian characterization of MRFF’s activism as “evil” is idiotic in the extremis….your sad and astonishing dearth of historical knowledge is embarrassing….even the pathetic, putrescent cretin David Barton has disavowed the “quote” you attribute to Washington (ie. “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”)…you’re truly a fundamentalist Christian bully it seems……..hey, (name withheld), what did you get your “Doctorate” in??….Duplicity?…Dishonesty?…Disingenuousness?…note well; the well over 66,000 United States armed forces members and veterans who are MRFF clients (about 95% of them Christians, as are over 80% of MRFF’s paid and volunteer staffers numbering in excess of 450 persons) would most FORMIDABLY disagree with your specious and stupid “ request” that MRFF “cease and desist” from our “evil” civil rights activism on their behalves….eaten any good books lately, (name withheld)?….burned any??……so long, Mikey Weinstein….Founder and President, Military Religious Freedom Foundation


No problem, Mikey, I forgive you and so does Jesus.  Sometimes each of us have to be confronted with truth before we can come to repentance… I did.  I am sorry you are on such a mean-spirited tirade.  I do respect you as a fellow human being.  Respectfully to another man made in the image and likeness of God,
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Jan 1, 2020, at 1:20 PM, John Compere  wrote:
Presumptuous Proselytizing Pastor Cheatham,
 
Your sanctimonious sermonette is morally misdirected. It would be more rationally redirected at those who disrespect & disregard our US Constitution, American law & US Armed Forces regulations rather than at those of us who respect & request compliance with them. Moreover, even Jesus separated religion & government (Matthew 22:21 & Mark 12:17).
 
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, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Former Chief Judge, US Army Court of Military Review & US Army Legal Services Agency
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (over 80% Christians)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson
On Jan 1, 2020, at 2:36 PM, Wilkerlb wrote:
Dear Pastor (name withheld),
I am an Advisory Board member of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).  Mikey Weinstein, head of that civil rights organization, passed to me a copy of your email below and asked me to respond.  I am doing so now.
My first-blush reaction to your missive, I must say in all honesty and frankness, was one of astonishment.  Your assumption of overwhelming superiority is not masked by your almost unctuous praise of your particular–and I assume very personal–version of what George Washington and many of our Founding Fathers more often called “Divine Providence” than “God” and his scriptural son, Jesus Christ; no, it comes through loud and clear.  It is the most disquieting aspect of your communication. 
I am a Christian, my wife is a Christian, my children and grandchildren are Christians, my family as far back as I can trace were all Christians; yet, not a single one of these family members would subscribe to your sense of superiority.  Indeed, most of them were or are humble before their God, considering that humility as an absolute prerequisite for the proper disposition toward a divine providence as well as an acknowledgement of the complete failure of woman and man to even come close to Divineness.  We stand humble before God, not all-knowing, all-comprehending, all-encompassing–as apparently you do.  In fact, I get the powerful feeling that you feel you are divine.
But more to the point, what you demonstrate in your email is precisely why the MRFF exists: to assist members of the military in their rightful, constitutional, lawful wish to not be prevailed upon by people such as you–and certainly to be free from being coerced by the military system (“the Government”) into having to act as if they have been coerced by you by going to your prayer meetings, prayer breakfasts, mandatory Bible classes, and such, in an official setting.  (In the chapel or church is where such activities are to take place.)  Such military personnel want to think for themselves, particularly in the very personal realm of spiritual beliefs.  Most of the MRFF’s military clients are themselves Christian–but not your kind of Christian, nor, as I said, do they want to be troubled by your kind of Christian.
You may live with your sense of superiority in the tiny world of your mind which you inhabit; but you may not compel military members against their will to do so–nor may you use those military member’s leaders to compel their subordinates to do so, nor may you advertise your beliefs under the official auspices of the U.S. military.  That is the strength and beauty of our republic. And, oddly enough, it is the best protection for your extremely narrow and unbending beliefs.  I am constantly amazed at how Dominionists and other narrow-minded evangelical, fundamentalist Christian groups fail to understand that reality.  In essence, you and they are your own most dangerous enemies.  In other words, on Monday “they” will come for the Jews; on Tuesday for the Christians; and on Wednesday for all believers (or non-believers), no matter the religion.
I won’t comment on your knowledge of history.  It is woefully weak, even woefully wrong.  But I find such falsehood to be another characteristic of tiny minds: they mold history to fit their own needs rather than reality.  I wonder, sometimes, what Christ would think of such falsehood.  I don’t believe he would look on it favorably.
But the Jesus Christ I know would of course take you in; he refused neither thief nor prostitute and instructed the rich that they had about as much chance of entering paradise as a camel had of passing through the eye of a needle (and therein lies a tale if one knows the history during Christ’s time of “needles” and “camels”).   But I don’t think the Jesus Christ whom I know would be much in favor of your lingering too long in his personal company.
Lawrence Wilkerson
Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Response from MRFF Supporter

Dear Pastor (name withheld),

 

Greetings in the precious name of the Lord.

 

My dear friend and colleague, Mikey Weinstein, asked me to take a look at your recent email to him and give him an opinion as I have been a Spirit-filled Christian from my college years on.  I am also a former Reserve and Active Duty Army Chaplain.   These days, I am a Pentagon-vetted credentialer of military and civilian chaplains – about 330 of them presently. I have done this for over 27 years.   And I and my deceased parents, uncles and aunts  grandparents, great-grandparents, as well as living sister, cousins, wife, and a daughter are all Bible-believing Christians.  In fact, I am not aware of any family members of mine who are not Christians.

 

I know that you have asked Mikey to cease and desist attacking military folks and their religious freedoms.  I can honestly say that in the many years (more than a decade, 15-20 at this point) that I have known him, Mikey has never attacked anyone in the military about observing their own religious freedom.  To the contrary, he is doing his best to insure that all can observe their faiths – unhindered, unmolested.  In fact, in my opinion, he is doing all he can to make sure that there remains a military chaplaincy to perform or provide for the Free Exercise of Religion for all.  The problem occurs when commanding officers or chaplains attempt to use their authority to compel a subordinate to attend a chapel service or a prayer breakfast, or any other military religious function.  They are attempting to influence others’ religious freedoms.  By the very nature of the military, it is inappropriate to even invite a subordinate to such an event as that amounts to “command sponsorship” and the junior service-member would feel that they might offend the senior member by not participating, and/or suffer some sort of retaliation for ignoring such an invitation.

 

Similarly, it is really not appropriate to promote Christmas or any other Christian holidays [or non-Christian holidays, for that matter] and symbols (to include nativity scenes) and Bibles on POW/MIA tables on military or Federal property.  To do so would be to imply that Christians are preferred over Jews or Muslims or Buddhists or fill-in-the-blank.  That is just not the American Way — or the way of our Founding Fathers.

And along these lines, our Founding Fathers did not mention Christ or Christianity in the Founding Documents.  I don’t think that was happenstance or neglect as they even went out of their way to make sure that in this great country, there were no religious tests to hold office.  Article VI, Clause 3:  by its plain terms, no federal officeholder or employee can be required to adhere to or accept any particular religion or doctrine as a prerequisite to holding a federal office or a federal government job.

 

I say all that to say this:  If it were not for Mikey Weinstein, and others like him, this country would eventually drift to a majority rule by Christians, Evangelical Christians to be sure.  You and others might think that is a GREAT thing.  But given our country’s rapidly growing diversity, it is just a matter of time before Muslims or organized secularists will eventually be the majority.  Then, by majority rule, they would call the shots and issue edicts for religious displays for EVERYONE.  [Those with no religious preference, those who check “None” on religious preference surveys are already at 26%!  See this week’s article on that at https://www.foxnews.com/media/religiously-unaffiliated-nones-america .]  So I would much prefer to be in an officially and intentionally religiously-neutral military rather than one where ultimately folks will feel discriminated against or pressured about observing their own faiths and tenets or, worse, actually will be prohibited from  their Free Exercise of Religion.

 

If you would like to discuss this further, I would be glad to do so.

 

Blessings in Christ,

(name withheld)


 

 

 

 

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