On Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 2:04 PM (name withheld) wrote:
I am a concerned citizen, and a person who believes in a higher power. How dare you make our community take down a banner advertising vacation Bible school. The only person it OFFENDS is YOU. If anyone else doesn’t like it they obviously don’t have to send their children. I guess you are an atheist, which offends me!!. How dare you!! Apparently you think you are speaking for everyone. Go ahead and bow down, I’m sure you have done it before.
Response from MRFF Supporter James Branum
From: “James M. Branum”
Subject: Re: Vacation Bible School.
Date: June 6, 2021 at 6:22:48 PM MDT
To: , Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]>
Hi (name withheld) ,cc: Mikey Weinstein, Military Religious Freedom Foundation
First— my standard disclaimer applies, in responding to your email I am going to discuss some legal principles, but this shouldn’t be treated as “legal advice” because I am not your attorney.
I didn’t make Fort Sill do anything. The US Constitution’s First Amendment requires it. Let me quote the relevant parts for you: ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”
No part of the US government (including the Army) has the right to endorse one religion over another. The placement of this banner sent a clear message of endorsement.
I am not opposed to there being a VBS, only opposed to it being promoted in a way that implies endorsement. I happen to be a religious person myself, but believe that our government must stay neutral when it comes to religion, because it protects us all.
James M. Branum
Attorney at Law