Military Dog Tags

Cannot believe you are so petty to not allow military personnel the choice of having custom dog tags with scripture or anything else on the back.
Think you should consider the wishes of the military people and find something more important to do.

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein

…the “wishes of the military people”, (name withheld), would most assuredly also include  the “wishes” of the various DoD military branches as they (Army, Navy and USMC) totally agreed with our demands to have this FOR PROFIT Christian company, “Shields of Strength”, abide by the written terms of the licensing contracts they signed with DoD for use of these trademarked logos which STRICTLY FORBIDS them from using these logos to promote any partisan political or sectarian religious views…thus, nothing “petty” about THAT, man!!…….BOOM!!…of course the proselytizing promotion of ONLY a Christian religious view on these souvenir dog tags, which this company makes VERY clear is its specific objective, also wretchedly violates the Constitution’s separation of church and state!!….there you go, brother…..we at MRFF deeply believe that fighting to preserve such bedrock foundational principles guaranteed by our nation’s wonderful Constitution is about the MOST IMPORTANT thing we could EVER do!!….maybe do a tad more homework before throwing your crap at us, eh, sport??!!…..have a great day, (name withheld)!!…..Mikey Weinstein….Founder and Pres., MRFF….


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere

On Mar 31, 2020, at 8:14 AM, John Compere  wrote:

 

You are obviously not aware that military men & women may purchase & posses any verses
(religious or non-religious) they want & wear them in conformity with military uniform requirements. However, a private commercial business cannot illegally profit off of them by misrepresenting & mismanufacturing its souvenir merchandise as official government issued military identification tags in violation of its licensing agreement with the US Department of Defense & applicable regulatory laws. That is why the unlawful practice was stopped by the military itself.
 
Your presumptuous protest is morally misdirected & would be more rationally redirected toward those who disrespect & disregard their agreements & our laws rather than at those of us who respect & request compliance with them.
 
Founder & 2nd President wisely wrote the very definition a republic is a nation “…of laws, and not of man.” (“Thoughts on Government”, 1776).
 
Most Sincerely,
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (over 80% Christians)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

On Mar 31, 2020, at 11:31 AM, Mike  wrote:

Hi (name withheld),
You might consider getting a better understanding of the facts before doing your carping.
We have no problem with people wearing dog-tags with “scripture of anything else” on them as long as
the dog-tags do not have the official emblem of the particular branch of the U.S. military on them. You
see, putting the official emblem on something with a particular religion’s message on it gives the appearance
of government support for that particular faith, which is directly contrary to law and military regulations.
Some, possibly you, forget that ours is a free nation that provides for the freedom of belief, whether religious
or not, for everyone. But it specifically does not promote one religious belief system over the others.
The people who made and sold the dog-tags you seem intent on defending not only violated the agreement
they made by putting the official emblem on their dog-tags, they also made known the fact that their purpose
in making and distributing these items was to proselytize for Christianity. That, of course, is their right, but they cannot make it appear the U.S. Government is endorsing their project as they tried, dishonestly, to do.
So save your name-calling and judgments until you better understand the facts. Then you won’t look so silly.
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

 

 

 

 

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