You, Sir, have a terribly distorted view of the rights imbued by the First Amendment to the Constitution…It clearly does not imply freedom FROM religion, but rather freedom OF religion…It is a travesty that so many presumably intelligent and sensible people either cannot see this or CHOOSE NOT TO SEE IT…It also does not state nor endorse the removal of the right of free speech just because a person is a soldier or an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces… What exactly do you expect is the function of a military Chaplain anyway?…Is he just supposed to give pep talks devoid of religious rhetoric?…I think not!…

You, Sir, have done our country a great disservice and especially so in the midst of this pandemic by demanding public silence by military Chaplains on spiritual matters when so many Americans, be they military or civilian need a comforting and encouraging word…

(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Apr 24, 2020, at 2:00 PM, John Compere  wrote:


For your information, the US Constitution, American law & US Armed Forces regulations prohibit our secular military, as part of our secular 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 official military religion on official military channels. That is why the unlawful practice was stopped by the military itself after military members, including Christians, complained.
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (80% Christians)




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