Trampling Rights

Mr. Weinstein,
In all due respect you are trampling on individuals freedom to exercise their religion by dismantling the prayer by military Chaplins. This is especially offensive for two reasons. First, the job of a Chaplin is inextricably connected to God. Secondly, in a Country where the overwhelming majority do believe in God, at a fear inducing and insecure time as created by a Pandemic, faith is a source of strength and wisdom. I get the separation of church and state but your actions in this case are outside this protection. I find it reckless that you would proceed with this issue with millions in dire need of food, security, rent, health, comfort, etc. Please in the future, consider the legitimacy and timing of your remarks and actions.
Respectfully,
A Practicing Catholic and former Military wife


Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member

On Apr 25, 2020, at 1:28 AM, Mike  wrote:

 

Dear (name withheld),
 
No ma’am, you misunderstand. We are not dismantling anyone’s prayer. We are requiring only that the chaplain’s
prayers be properly placed.
 
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.
 
Once things are done in accord with military regulations, we have no problem with it.
 
Thank you.
 
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

 

 

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