Freedom of religion

Our founding fathers developed a constitution to protect our religious liberty. I suggest you read some of their original documents to learn about our true history and their intentions. Stop trampling on our religious freedom. The ‘separation’ of church and state is to enable us the right to worship. Read founding fathers documents.

(name withheld)
USN RET


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere

On Jan 14, 2020, at 12:09 PM, John Compere  wrote:

First & foremost, thank you for your military service.
 
The US Constitution, American Law & US Armed Forces regulations require our government to refrain from promoting or endorsing a religion. The Constitution also provides for secular oaths & prohibits any religious test (Article VI). Even Jesus separated religion & government (Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17) & opposed sworn oaths (Matthew 5:34&37).
 
Your critical comments would be more credibly directed at those who disrespect & disregard our laws rather than at those of us who respect & request compliance with them. And, I have read the Founding Fathers’ establishment documents & their history as well as the applicable laws & regulations.
 
Brigadier General John Compere, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, US Army (Retired)
Former Chief Judge, US Army Court of Military Review & US Army Legal Services Agency
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (80% Christians)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Jan 14, 2020, at 1:57 PM, Mike  wrote:

 

Hi CDR  (name withheld),
 
Thanks for checking in. We have studied the Founders carefully and agree that the purpose of our laws is to ensure the protections of our freedoms. The separation of church and state is one of the wisest and most profound of those protections in that it presupposes the understanding that if the government is seen in any way to imply support for, to prefer or to promote one particular faith or belief system over others it puts a very large thumb on the scale in favor of that specific one. In a system dedicated to allowing all citizens the freedom to believe (or “worship,” as you would have it) or not believe, as they choose, we Americans must take care to see to it that this line of separation is carefully honored and maintained.
 
Therefore, the protection of “religious liberty,” as you’ve termed it, cannot allow, for example, your belief system to impugn the integrity of someone else’s by mistakenly or surreptitiously implying it has a government association or endorsement. For that we thank the Founders.
 
I hope that helps you better understand our position.
 
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

Thank you both for your reply. I however disagree with you. If someone chooses to swear in using a bible, as is done when our Commender in Chief is sworn in office, this hardly impinges on the rights of others. They should have the right to swear in according to their beliefs with watchdogs barking all over them. There is such a lack of tolerance anymore for things that are good and right. I think it is a shame and so many more honorable things to fight for. 

 
Again thank you for your reply. 
 
(name withheld)
USN RET

Response from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein
ok, ma’am….well, thank you for your civility……we WILL most assuredly disagree as to WHICH “things are good and right”, I can assure you!…..we will also fervently differ with you, apparently Commander kauffman, as to which matters would qualify as  “…so many more honorable things to fight for.”…we have over 66,4000 MRFF armed forces and veteran clients whom we are helping and have helped (95% of whom are Christians themselves)….let me assure you that THEY would also part company with you formidably on both points I just highlighted…..all best for 2020…respectfully, Mikey W…..

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. watchtower

    USN RET Person — The Constitution does not require a Bible, it is a tradition. John Quincy Adams chose to take his presidential oath on a “Volume of Laws,” stating that he chose to uphold the Constitution, not the Bible, as President.

    I believe most Presidents swear in with a bible just to go along to get along.

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