Freedom of Christian Speech

Sir,
 
Freedom of Christian speech is tantamount to our liberties.  These actions should be fought tooth and nail.  I respect the freedom of speech but not allowing Christians to demonstrate their ideas is unconstitutional.
 
Thank you for your time.
 (name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Apr 24, 2020, at 7:09 PM, John Compere  wrote:

 

First & foremost, thank you for your military service.
Please be advised the US Constitution, American law & US Armed Forces prohibit our secular military, as part of our secular government, from promoting or endorsing a religion except in military chapels or military chaplain religious channels. Military chaplains may not proselytize their religion version as official military religion on secular military channels. That is why the unlawful practice was stopped by the military itself after complaints from military members, including Christians.
Most Sincerely,
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 6:34 PM, Mike  wrote:
Dear (name withheld),
I’m afraid your knowledge of our history and your understanding of our constitution are a bit askew. Freedom of speech is, of course, something we all cherish, but something called “Freedom of Christian speech” appears nowhere in our constitution and to suggest it does exposes a bias on your part that our nation’s founders were quite careful to protect against.
As to the rest of your message, no one here is keeping Christians from speaking. What we are doing that has upset some people who, like you, misunderstand the situation, is not denying the right to speak but protecting the separation of church and state by seeing to it that religious proselytizing is done in the appropriate place.
You see, we agree that military personnel have every right to pray. We have no objection to prayer. We object to inappropriate proselytizing. 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.
I hope that helps you better understand.
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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