Christian Persecution

Published On: June 5, 2021|Categories: MRFF's Inbox|0 Comments|

You really don’t know who Saul in the Bible was? He became Paul in the Bible. And are you a Christian? Ask one of your Christian employees to explain Saul to you. Your group is a modern day Saul. Maybe God will wake you up too.

(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

On Jun 4, 2021, at 7:07 PM, Mike wrote:

Hi (name withheld),
You accidentally sent this to Mikey Weinstein. I think your question was to me.
Actually I do know who Saul of Tarsus was and I know about his becoming Paul and his devotion to Jesus and his sainthood and his teachings. I actually know a lot about the Bible and Christianity and have great admiration for those who truly take Jesus’ teachings to heart and live lives that accord with them.

I was actually having a bit of fun with you because your message was so silly.
Somehow you’ve gotten the impression that the MRFF is anti-Christian and is, in fact, persecuting Christians. That’s false. It is blatantly false, even, it seems to me, stupidly so, because if one would read the MRFF mission statement and pay attention to the work it does rather than leaping to conclusions based on what some bigot claims, it would be quite clearly and evidently false. But it’s hard for some people, particularly Christians of a certain stripe, to realize how phenomenally and stupidly false it is. Some so-called Christians, usually loudly self-anointed Christians, lash out against others from a kind of defensive, we’re-willing-to-stand-up-for-Jesus-and-be-martyred-if-neccary-because-“they”-are-out-to-get-us crouch, and it’s not necessary. The Christian-persecuting crusade is not happening.
Of course there are bigots who hate Christians, just as there are bigots who hate Muslims and Jews and Buddhists and black people and those who are left-handed. But Christians are hardly at the top of the hate list, and are certainly not the primary targets in this country.
Our organization is NOT persecuting Christians. We are protecting the right of the women and men in the military to believe as they choose and we do so by supporting the separation of church and state. At times, because Christianity is the dominant religious faith in our country and because some of its adherents are quite zealous about their belief and think it is the one and only true faith, they become so impassioned about spreading the word that they take advantage of their positions of authority in the military and overstep the line separating church and state. When they do, they have to be corrected. In those instances, people who feel that their rights are being impinged sometimes call the MRFF for help. And we help.
We do not help in an anti-Christian manner because we do not oppose Christianity or any other belief system. We help to see that the separation of church and state is maintained so that people in our military, like the people in our country, are free to think and believe and choose how to think and choose what to believe rather than have someone’s belief imposed upon them.
I hope that clarifies things for you.
Mike Farrell(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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