Freedom of speech for all

Do not shutdown encouragement for our troops with Chaplains mentioning God. Our families of soldiers fought for freedom of speech.
Thank you
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Apr 25, 2020, at 1:03 AM, Mike wrote:


Dear (name withheld),
 
We have no problem with chaplains mentioning God. The problem, as the base commander understood, is that they used the wrong way to go about it, making it appear that the military was endorsing a particular religious view.
 
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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