Gratitude for MRFF’s work in protecting the 1st Amendment at Fort Sill

Published On: June 3, 2021|Categories: MRFF's Inbox|0 Comments|

From: “James M. Branum”
Subject: Gratitude for MRFF’s work in protecting the 1st Amendment at Fort Sill
Date: June 3, 2021 at 3:08:04 PM MDT
To: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]>

Dear Mikey,

I am writing this letter to thank you and Ms. Sarah Kline (MRFF local representative at Fort Sill, Oklahoma) for your fast and effective work in dealing with a first amendment issue at Ft. Sill.

But first a bit of background… I am a civilian attorney in Oklahoma who represents servicemembers in courts-martial and administrative actions. I am also a Jewish Humanist who believes strongly in the essential wall of separation between church and state.

On my most recent visit to Fort Sill, I was astonished to see a banner with an explicitly Christian evangelistic message at the main gate. The placement of this particular banner in such a public location sends an exclusionary message to not only non-religious servicemembers, but also religious servicemembers who are not evangelical Christians. It also sends a message of exclusion to the broader Lawton/Fort Sill community, many of whom have to drive through this gate every day for work.

When I reached out to the Mikey Weinstein at the MRFF, I didn’t know what to expect, but was surprised to hear back from him within an hour, and then was even more amazed to hear that within only a few days, they had secured the removal of the banner

I deeply appreciate the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for their work and especially for being ready to go to bat so quickly for the rights of us all. I am also very thankful to all of the people out there who donate to MRFF. Their ability and capacity to respond so quickly is directly related to this generosity.

James M. Branum
Oklahoma City

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