Michael was the name of by brother who was killed in a B-52 crash

Dear Mikey,
 
Michael was the name of by brother who was killed in a B-52 crash at March A.F.B. in 1978 after serving all through the Vietnam war, so by extension your name means something to me.  I am sorry to hear your conscience and personal principles have moved you to oppose what might be helpful means for coping with life and its challenges for others who happen to be people who believe in God and depend on having God in their lives.  What is that to you, that you have taken the initiative you have taken, and persuaded others to pay attention to you and stifle freedom?
 
Sincerely,
 
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Apr 24, 2020, at 11:12 AM, John Compere  wrote:
Reverend (name withheld),
 
First & foremost, please accept sincerest sympathy for the loss of your brother.
 
Please be advised the US Constitution, American law & US Armed Forces regulations prohibit our military, as part of government, from promoting or endorsing a religion except in military chapels or military chapel channels. Military chaplains may not proselytize their version of religion as the official military sponsored religion in official military channels. That is why the unlawful practice was stopped by the military itself after many military members, including Christians, complained.
 
Even 1st President & Commander-in-Chief George Washington recognized the problem when he wrote Congress that the military chaplaincy “…has a tendency to introduce religious disputes into the Army, which above all things should be avoided, and in many instances would compel men to Worship which they do not profess.”
 
Most Sincerely,
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (composed of over 80% Christians)

 

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