Removal of Christian Comments from Facebook

As an 82 year old veteran I strongly object to your action removing religious comments from Facebook.  Reliance on the word of Our Holy Father was an important strength for us submariners as we defended our country.

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere

 

On Apr 24, 2020, at 4:24 PM, John Compere wrote:

 

First & foremost, thank you for your military service.
 
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 religion version as official military religion on official military channels. That is why the unlawful practice was stopped by the military itself after complaints from military members, including Christians.
 
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (80% Christians)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Apr 25, 2020, at 12:53 PM, Mike  wrote:

 

Hi (name withheld),
 
You misunderstand. Let me explain.
 
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 clarify things for you.
 
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

We are not dealing with law. We are dealing with commentary. You are using law as a way to avoid religious issues. Atheism is a religion that excludes a god.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

On Apr 25, 2020, at 4:07 PM, Mike  wrote:

(name withheld),
You’re quite wrong; we are not avoiding religious issues, we are protecting religious freedom.
I’m not sure of the point of your reference to atheism. If you are inferring that the MRFF is an atheist organization,,
you are quite wrong again. As it happens, over 95% of those associated with the MRFF are Christians. They’re just not the kind of Christians who push their belief into the faces of others.
Mike Farrell

 

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3 Comments

  1. G

    To the submariner, the word of the Holy Father doesn’t protect you when you are being depth charge by an enemy who has better anti-submarine weapons and tactics to destroy you. If you saw the movie Das Boot, 30,000 of the 40,000 U-Boot personnel had died and why was that? 1) the Allies develop better sonar, 2) they develop better depth charge weapons to destroy the U-Boots, 3) they had jeep carriers to escort the conveys and send out strike aircraft to search and destroy the U-Boots, 4) they had long-range bombers to search for the U-Boots and destroy them, 5) they had developed better night devices such as searchlights and radar on their aircraft detect the U-Boots both on the surface and underwater.

    The German military personnel had belts saying that God is with us which didn’t help them at all.

  2. Infidel

    God is not with antisemites

  3. G

    Infidel, I don’t know that God is not with the antisemites considering the fact that he didn’t help the Jews during the Holocaust and he even killed some of them during their journey back to the Promised Land.

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