Fort Drum

Dear Mikey,
Regarding the remarks posted on Facebook by Captain Amy Smith; Major Scott Ingram to which you objected, they are military chaplains at Fort Drum doing their job, and expressing their First Amendment rights. They are trying to bring some solace to those who believe in a transcendent goodness during this time of temporal crisis. You are an intolerant fool and provocateur at a time when we need calm.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Apr 25, 2020, at 1:41 AM, Mike  wrote:

(name withheld),
It’s disappointing to have your message conclude in such an ignorant, childish manner. You’re not only
wrong, you compound your error by behaving stupidly.
We are well aware of what Capt. Smith and Major Ingram were doing. What you fail to note is that they were doing
it improperly.
For the record, 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.
Capt. Smith and Major Ingram know that. Now you do as well.
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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