Praying for your soul Mikey

You are lost, brother. Don’t try to bring others down with you.

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere

Please be advised the US Constitution, American law & US Armed Forces regulations prohibit our secular military, as part of our secular 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 religion on official military channels. That is why the unlawful practice was stopped by the military itself after military members, including Christians, complained.
 
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (over 80% Christians)

Dear General Compere,


First of all, thank you for your service in Vietnam Nam. My hat is off to you!
 
Regarding military personnel asking the public for prayer, I have a different view of the Constitution. I believe it mandates the government cannot force her citizens to follow a particular religion, but does not prohibit government employees from praying publicly. Or anyone else, for that matter. If the US Armed Forces regulations prohibits this, it is a shame.
 
Presidents from George Washington to Donald Trump have prayed publicly, even Congress came together after 911 to pray on their steps. But a chaplain can’t ask for prayer? Our country has more to worry about than the Coronavirus. 
I will continue to pray for Mikey, and those Christians who complained about prayer, and for our entire nation. We’ve had our backs to God too long.
 
Respectfully, 
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On Apr 25, 2020, at 1:49 PM, John Compere  wrote:
Military chaplains are not prevented from praying, preaching, etc in military chapels & on their chaplain’s religious Facebook pages where it is appropriate & permitted, but they cannot do it on the official commander, unit or installation Facebook pages which are strictly secular by law & regulation & where it is neither appropriate nor permitted. Military chaplains are fully advised & well aware of these legal restrictions.
 
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.”

Thank you, General, for clarifying that for me. I stand corrected and educated.

I won’t waste any more time of either of you.
(name withheld)

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