Marines

My son is a young Marine and How Dare You take away his right for any Biblical reference on his dog tags.
I’m a retired Army Officer and spent 23 years in defensive of spunks like you.
The world needs more Godly influence, so please go somewhere else vs try to hurt our service men and women.
Shame on you..
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Martin France
Dear Ms (name withheld),

First, I’d like to congratulate you on raising a Marine and for your long and distinguished service to our country.  I hope you don’t mind, but Mikey asked me to respond to your email because he saw that we have something in common–I, too, raised a Marine son and served a full military career (and then some at 37+ years).
As to your comments below, please let me clarify a few points that you may not have caught from whatever source informed you.
1. The Marine Corps emblem, which is NOT found on any official, government-issued dog tags, is a Trademarked item (Like the Coca-Cola script or Apple symbol). That means that any organization that uses it must get the permission of the USMC to do so and then probably pay a fee–especially if they’re doing so as part of a for profit business.
2.  The Marines, being rightfully proud of their Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EG&A) symbol guard its use religiously.  They don’t want it used on anything illegal, unflattering, or controversial that might harm their image or be seen as Unconstitutional. Could you image it being used by White Supremacists or Islamic Fundamentalists? Not good. On the other hand, they can’t really stop someone from tattooing it onto their arm, because that’s an individual’s right to free speech.
3. The company in question can only use and sell items with the USMC emblem in a manner that the USMC and our DoD feels is proper. Mikey and the MRFF don’t make that decision. The USMC’s lawyers and leaders do.
4. Next, our Constitution, which you so ably defended for 23 years, prohibits the establishment of a state religion or the endorsement of any particular religion by it’s organizations and institutions. It also prohibits the endorsement of no religion over a religion. It’s NEUTRAL on religion. That means that you and your son can have and practice your religion as you see fit while serving, so long as you don’t discriminate against others that may not believe as you do–something I’m sure you honored faithfully.
5. So, taking all of the above into account, the USMC decided that it would no longer allow the company in question to comingle its symbol with Bible verses because it might be perceived as the USMC endorsing one religion or preferring one over another.
Can you and your son find and order faux dogtags with Bible verses on them as personal jewelry? Sure.  You and he can wear them anytime you want, subject to any other uniform regulations. 
Can you get the while thing (symbol and verse) tattooed on your body? Yep! (Again subject to regulations if you’re active duty)
Does any of this remove “God” from your life? I doubt it, if your faith is true.
Does this somehow weaken the USMC and its Marines’ ability to defend our nation? I don’t think so.
Would you approve of the Marines (or any other service) allowing it’s symbol to be lawfully used in conjunction with ANY other religion or non-religion? (Picture a flag with the EG&A co-emblazoned with “Allahu Akbar!” on an ISIS flag.). I don’t think so. Now, picture your son’s CO, who is NOT Christian, ordering everyone in his company to order dogtags like this with some other non-Christian  (Protestant) verse or saying (maybe the Rosary or “Religion is the Opiate of the Masses”)
Again, bad. very bad.
So, go ahead and order your Bible verse dogtags and get your tattoos. I’ll defend your right to do so and so will the MRFF and Mikey. BUT, if you want them conjoined with a Trademarked US government symbol produced by a private company, then you won’t (or shouldn’t) be able to get them. And, now, I hope you understand why.
Finally, please try to understand that Mikey and the MRFF are NOT hurting our active duty service members. They are protecting the rights of all to worship or not worship as they see fit, without pressure, bigotry, or bias that might be found in a hierarchical organization that employs lethal Force and defends the rights of Christians, Jews, Atheists, Muslims, Hindus, and many, many others here and around the world.
Thanks again for your inquiry.
M France
Brig Gen, USAF (Retired)
MRFF Advisory Board Member

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1 Comment

  1. G

    Hey, retired Army Officer. Why did you waste 23 years of your life in the military if you didn’t want to protect guys like Weinstein? Was it because you couldn’t cut it in the civilian world? If you didn’t like protecting guys like Weinstein, you should have left at the end of your first enlistment period or not have join the military in the first place. What a waste of time, money, and resources spent on educating and promoting you. You should have never been allowed into the military in the first place. Why don’t you give up your pension and other retirement benefits, Social Security, and Medicare and leave the country?

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