Proselytizing

There is nothing illicit about proselytizing.  Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are our rights to practice in the public square.  Separation of church and state means that the government should not prohibit the practice of religion.  Government should stay out of the free practice of religion.  Our inalienable rights are endowed by our Creator.

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Martin France

On Apr 24, 2020, at 7:10 PM, Martin France wrote:

 

Theresa, are you aware that, according to the Dept of Defense’s own regulations, proselytizing in the military workplace is illegal?  For one reference, look up Air Force Regulation 1-1.  Yeah, it’s so important that it’s Instruction ONE-DASH-ONE.  While I agree that the government should not prohibit the practice of religion, it also means that it cannot ESTABLISH a religion or use a religious test to hire people into the military or any civil service jobs.  Let me ask you this…  If you started work at a new company and found out at everyone you worked with was Muslim and they proselytized you every day, would you feel comfortable?  Would you stay in the job?  What if they fired you because you weren’t Muslim?  Would you be okay with that?  Also, the inalienable rights  endowed by your Creator to which you refer are mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.  The Constitution–which is our real law, the Declaration has no legal value, really–doesn’t mention God or a Creator.  Thanks for writing! 
Sincerely,
M France, PhD
Brigadier General, USAF (Retired)
MRFF Advisory Board 

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Martin France
On Apr 24, 2020, at 7:18 PM, Martin France wrote:


Hey, (name withheld), here’s an excerpt from that Instruction:  

2.12. Balance of Free Exercise of Religion and Establishment Clause. Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for their own free exercise of religion, including individual expressions of religious beliefs, and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. They must ensure their words and actions cannot reasonably be construed to be officially endorsing or disapproving of, or extending preferential treatment for any faith, belief, or absence of belief.

 

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