Religious Freedom

Every president, acting as commander in chief, has invoked God, beginning with George Washington. To say that military chaplains have no right to identify themselves as officers when they engage in religious commentary is to say they have no public right to exercise their freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Only fascists think this way.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Apr 27, 2020, at 10:06 PM, Mike wrote:
Hi (name withheld),
 
Apparently 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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1 Comment

  1. Jeff

    Please learn the facts before you condemn Mikey Weinstein and the MRFF.

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