constitutonal guarantees

Mr. Weinstein :
Our military chaplains retain their rights to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Amen.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Apr 24, 2020, at 4:17 PM, John Compere  wrote:

 

Please be advised 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 religion version as official military religion on official military channels. That is why the unlawful practice was stopped by the military itself after complaints by military members, including Christians.
 
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (80% Christians)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Apr 25, 2020, at 12:50 PM, Mike wrote:


(name withheld(,
 
They certainly do and we support that right.
 
We agree that military personnel have every right to pray. We have no objection to prayer. We object to inappropriate proselytizing. You see, chaplains have a face book page whereon they can do all the praying and lecturing and teaching and enlightening they’d like. But that’s a separate page from that of the unit leader or commanding officer. That page may not be used to promote one particular belief system over others because doing so amounts to government endorsement of a particular faith and violates the separation of church and state.
 
I hope that helps you better understand.
 
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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