Religious Freedom

Mr Weinstein,
 
     To say that military chaplains do not have the right to post religious content on Facebook is a violation of their free speech rights that rival fascism, Nazism, and communism in the suppression of fundamental rights.  
     To say that military chaplains posting religious comments on Facebook amounts to proselytizing amounts to stupidity and a clear lack of understanding of separation of church and state.   The separation has to do with the limits of the government not the limits of religious people.  Too bad the military officials who caved to your demands are as ignorant as you are mean-spirited in your hatred of religion and freedom.
     It’s amazing that religious people aren’t trying to force you to do anything, not trying to prohibit you from doing anything.  You on the other hand, in typical leftist fashion,  are all about forcing your agenda on others.  You need Jesus.  He died for you too.
     I will pray for you that you will understand what freedom and decency and goodness and beauty truly are.  And that Christ will bring you to salvation and the knowledge of the truth.  
 
           God bless you,
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

On Apr 29, 2020, at 4:49 PM, Mike  wrote:

Dear Mr. (name withheld),

 

We’ve received a ton of email regarding the recent chaplain/Facebook issue and we’re trying to respond to all of it. Much of it is, like yours, full of judgment, rife with insult and what seems to me to be rather imperious lecturing. Unfortunately, some are quite vile, which is only surprising because their attacks arise from a tale told them by the leader of what claims to be a Catholic organization.

 

Fortunately, when these new correspondents hear the truth of the matter, many of them have been kind enough to apologize and send thanks for the clarification. So please bear with me as I try to make things a bit more clear, this time for you.

 

Apparently you read a tract from a Mr. Bill Donohue that has made the rounds and given a number of people a lot of bad information. I’m sorry about that as it has, as I indicated, 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 not true and Mr. Donohue should know it. He added a bunch of other things that are not true. So 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, according to military regulations, may not be used to promote one belief system over others because doing so implies government endorsement of a particular faith and violates the separation of church and state.

 

You see, we do not oppose prayer. We do not oppose chaplains, nor do we suppress their right to speak. Their 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. I don’t know if the speeches were placed on the chaplain’s page where they belonged. I hope they were, but that’s not a decision for us to make.

 

I hope truly this helps you better understand the situation and helps temper your rather hasty judgment about us.

 

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


 

 

 

 

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