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Please do not cave in to the militant organizations.  Even Our President and Vice-President have asked for prayers.  Are you going to sensor your Commander in Chief.  These were the comments of chaplains, that is what they do and that is why they jointed the military to help our brave soldiers who defend this country.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Apr 24, 2020, at 10:40 AM, John Compere  wrote:


(name withheld) –
For your information, 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 official military sponsored religion in official military channels. That is why the unlawful practice was stopped by the military itself.
Your presumptuous protest is mistakenly misdirected & would be more rationally redirected at those who disrespect & disregard the laws & regulations rather than at those of us who respect & request compliance with them.
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 a mode of 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)

Brigadier General John, sorry to hear that especially in these current times of dire need a Military Chaplain can’t ask for prayers. I would think as a man of God like Father Capodanno was, he was just doing his job. I think this is quite a shame, an unlawful practice, really. I will pray for all those effected by this pandemic, even for you.   
Vietnam Veteran,
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Apr 24, 2020, at 12:26 PM, John Compere  wrote:


First & foremost, thank you for your military service. Secondly, please reflect on the wisdom of American Founder & 2nd President John Adams when he wrote that the very definition of a republic “…is a nation of laws and not of man.” (“Thoughts on Government”, 1776)

HI Ms, (name withheld),
Fret not. We’re not ‘caving in’ to militant organizations, whoever you think they may be. We don”t ‘cave in’ to militant religious organizations either. The religious statements and prayers are fine and we have no problem with them, as long as they are put in the proper place.
You see, when placed improperly they appear to have the endorsement of the military and our government and that violates the fundamental laws and understandings of our country, which guarantee the freedom of belief, in whatever form, to all.
Chaplains have a place for their prayers and religious statements. That’s where they belong. Servicewomen and men who want to share in them know where to find them and are free to do so. That way those who practice their faiths or belief systems in other ways are not subjected to them.
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)


That is a cop out. Fr. Vincent Capadonno did not stay in his safe military chapel in Vietnam when he took 27 bullets to the back taking care of our soldiers. He died for what he believed, being there for the military when they needed him. Our military needs God now more than ever when they go to fight the “invisible enemy”. When all our men and women are going into hospitals being military ships, make ship hospitals and regular hospitals. Saying a prayer is not endorsing anything, people have the choice to read it, listen to it, whatever or they can ignore it. A military chaplain is not endorsing any particular religious belief, on a generic belief in God and maybe mentioning Jesus. I feel sorry for the military as I know many who have served overseas and great missed the presence of a military chaplain. But then the military is not what it used to be.

I am so sorry that you feel the way you do. Maybe that is why we are in the situation that we are in today.

May God bless you.

(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
You’ve got it backward – in more ways than one. The “cop out” is pretending you’re not promoting your own
belief system while being smug about letting people who might believe differently just “ignore” the prayer on the commander’s page. Just “a generic belief in God and maybe mentioning Jesus.” Really? How incredibly generous of you. Military chaplains who support the MRFF are deeply worried about the fundamentalist chaplains who operate very consciously, proselytizing at every opportunity while depending on people like you to defend their right to spread the faith.
Spare me the bullet-ridden hero stories. We all know them and whether you like it or not they are not all Christians. Some of them may not be believers at all, but they still stand up, they still salute the flag and they’re  still willing to take a bullet to defend your right to have a narrow mind.
And yes, ma’sm, there is a reason for the situation we’re in today. Try ignorance, bias and self-satisfaction.
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

No problem Mike, I don’t have it backwards. I am not pretending to promote God. I am a Christian and therefor a believer in God. I would expect Military Chaplains to praise and proclaim God. If they can’t express themselves outside of a chapel than no wonder there is a shortage.

Anyway Mike, don’t respond I understand where you stand. Your rational is exactly why we have so many problems today. It is the ignorance and bias of so many people like yourself. AS a Christian I believe and will continue to glory and praise God.

Have a good evening,

(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member
On Apr 24, 2020, at 8:29 PM, Mike  wrote:
This is astonishing, I have to say. The blindness here is beyond belief. You are a Christian; I have no problem
with that. Chaplains have every right to praise and proclaim God. But in America, the government does not promote or favor one faith over the others. That’s how we protect everyone’s right to believe as they choose. it’s called the freedom of religion.
Why is that so hard for you to understand?
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)


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