Freedom FROM religion

Have you given ANY thought to the name of your organization???

Your organization only believes in freedom FROM religion. Is your next order of business attacking DeBlasio for supplying 500,000 Halal meals during Ramadan or do you just target certain religions??? All the problems in this world, and this is how you choose to spend your time, spreading hate???????????

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere

On Apr 25, 2020, at 7:54 PM, John Compere  wrote:

 

For your information, a great deal of thought was given to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation name because we are the only American non-profit constitutional rights organization dedicated solely to protecting & preserving the right to religious freedom of our military men & women from those who do not respect that right. To date, we have represented over 67,000 military members (95% are Christians) who have requested our assistance. We will proudly & patriotically continue to do so as long as there are those who interfere with that right. For this pro-bono advocacy, the Foundation has been officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 7 times.
 
We support America’s historic trinity of religious liberties provided by the US Constitution 1st Amendment – (1) freedom from government established or endorsed religion, (2) freedom of religion or no religion, & (3) freedom for religion speech. It separates government (which includes the military) from religion & prohibits our government from “respecting” a religion requiring government neutrality regarding religion (neither pro-religion nor anti-religion, but religion-neutral). The US Constitution Article VI provides no religious test shall ever be required for public office – separating religion from government. This is known as American separation of church & state lawfully established over 2 centuries ago. Even Jesus separated religion & government (Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17).
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (over 80% are Christians)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

On Apr 27, 2020, at 10:40 PM, Mike  wrote:

Dear (name withheld),

Yes, we’ve given a lot of thought to the name  of our organization. You appear to be a bit confused.

I suspect your ire derives from the fact that you read a tract from Mr. Donohue that has made the rounds and given a number of people a lot of bad information. I’m sorry abut that as it has caused a storm of angry and ill-informed condemnation to come our way.

 

Mr. Donohue is wrong. He said, for example, that Mikey Weinstein is an “anti-Christian activist.” This is a lie. He said a bunch of other things that are not true. Let me explain the facts to you.

 

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. The commander’s 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.

 

The speeches were simply in the wrong place. Some complaints came to us, so we contacted the authorities at the base. They in turn looked at it, saw what was wrong and removed the speeches. No harm, no foul. I don’t know if the speeches were placed on the chaplain’s page where they belonged. I hope  they were.

 

And I hope this helps you better understand the situation.

 

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


 

 

 

 

 

 

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