Thank you!

Published On: September 14, 2023|Categories: MRFF's Inbox|2 Comments|

From: (name withheld)
Date: September 12, 2023 at 1:21:55 PM MDT
To: [email protected]
Subject: Thank you!

I want to thank you, comrade, for standing up against the scourge of Christian imperialism.  Your work against the religious right is legendary and laudable.  As our mutual hero, Marx, has stated, “religion is the opiate of the people.”  Exterminating all religion is the goal, as we both know.  From Christians to Jews, all religion is an affront to mankind, reason and the progress of humanity in general.  Thank you again for your commitment to the cause. 

Your new friend,

Vladimir


Response from MRFF Founder and President Mikey Weinstein

On Tue, Sep 12, 2023 at 4:05 PM Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]> wrote:

Which “Vladimir“ are you referring to, little fellow?… Would that be the best friend of tRump?


From: (name withheld)
Subject: Re: Thank you!
Date: September 13, 2023 at 10:46:22 PM MDT
To: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]>

No comrade, I only wish to congratulate you for holding to the ideals of the communist revolution.  You are a great Bolshevik!  You have shown the world that we cannot have religion.  It is the opiate of the people.  I’m sure you would be pleased to see all Religious adherents in the gulag, no?  Maybe we can put you in charge of imprisoning all Jews and Christians.  You make Marx proud!  Thanks again! Vladmir


Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member James Currie

Dear (name withheld)

I have been asked by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to respond to your recent emails, and it is my privilege to do so.

Jonathan Swift, the great Anglo-Irish author of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, was so good at satire that we still read his works today, in English literature classes if not in most peoples’ everyday book perusing. You might try his A Modest Proposal, which you can purchase on Amazon and at other book outlets, as an example of well-structured satire. I mention this to you because it is so clear from your much-strained emails to Mikey Weinstein that you think you are being quite clever and are demonstrating just how erudite you are by engaging in what you undoubtedly believe to be satire. Unfortunately, you are simply an ignorant anti-Semitic bigot who does not do satire well and who would not understand the US Constitution and its First Amendment if it bit you. If any of these words are too big for you to understand, look them up.

First of all, MRFF is not anti-religion. It has now served over 85,000 clients who ask only that they be allowed to practice their own choice of religious expression while serving in the US military. Ninety-five percent of these clients are self-identified as Christian, with the other five percent divided among those who embrace Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, other religions, or no religion. MRFF does not discriminate in terms of its clients’ religious beliefs, nor does it charge clients for its assistance. It exists as a civil rights non-profit to call attention to and to enforce the “wall of separation” that President Thomas Jefferson wrote in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Conn., Baptists had been erected by the First Amendment. This “wall of separation between Church & State” has existed since the First Amendment to the US Constitution was adopted in 1791, and those of us who serve or have served in the military have all sworn an oath to “support and defend” the US Constitution—including all amendments to it—“against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” This is what MRFF is all about.

Your attempt to link MRFF to Russia is both laughable and absurd. You will not find any more patriotic Americans than those of us who support MRFF. We do not embrace any dictators, Vladimir Putin included. We support our country and its Constitution, and we hold the line against ignorant twits like you who periodically come out from under their rocks and sling mud at us. I can assure you, Mr. Harlan, that in your pitiful attempt at satire you are merely demonstrating your inability to compose a straight-forward critique of MRFF and its activities, because doing so is beyond your intellectual capacity. If you disagree with our interpretation of the US Constitution, you are free to cite bona fide sources in support of your position. Otherwise, please just crawl back under your rock and remain there until the next brain fuzz strikes you.

Col. James Currie, USA (Ret.), Ph.D.
Board of Advisors, Military Religious Freedom Foundation


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere

On Sep 14, 2023, at 9:48 AM, John Compere wrote

(name withheld),

Your specious and sarcastic comments reflect only on yourself and reveal only your ignorance of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and the 236 year old American Constitution.

For your information, The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is an American non-profit civil rights advocacy organization founded in 2005, nominated 7 times for the Nobel Peace Prize and composed of 900 volunteer and paid staff of Americans (85% are Christians). We have represented over 85,000 American military men and women (95% are Christian) who requested their right to religious freedom guaranteed them by the United States Constitution, Department of Defense directives and Armed Forces regulations be protected. We represent the religious freedom of all faiths and beliefs when requested by them and will continue to do so with pride and patriotism.

For your enlightenment, the secular Constitution provides for separation of religion and government. Attached for your reading and reflection is my historical article which will be published on the Military Religious Freedom Foundation website for Constitution Day 

(September 17).

“He who knows only his side of the case knows little of that.” – John Stuart Mill  (Philosopher)

Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation


Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

On Sep 18, 2023, at 12:19 AM, Mike wrote:

Vlad is a nice try, but Bubba fits you better.

Vlad might work in an ironic way if you only understood that communism died a much-deserved death in Russia a while back. It’s a bit late to be trotting out the old shibboleths in an attempt to smear anyone or anything. It just makes you look dumb.

We here at the MRFF are used to dealing with Bubbas of the world, though, the dopes that think they’re clever as they expose their naked stupidity. 

So thanks for the laugh.
Mike Farrell l(MRFF Board of Advisors)


On Monday, September 18, 2023 at 10:20:43 PM CDT, (name withheld) wrote:

John,

First off, thank you for your service.  I have nothing but respect for those who have served our country.  Beyond that, you are out of line.  I was having a conversation with comrade Weinstein, which obviously he was unable to handle, so he sent you.  

Stick to what you know.  You may be a good soldier, but as a historian or a Theologian you have missed the mark.  First off, “Christians” don’t fight to remove a Christian book store from a military base.  You misunderstand what the word “Christian” means.  It doesn’t mean someone who grew up in a “Christian” country.  It doesn’t mean someone who is Catholic and goes to church once a year at Christmas.  It means someone who has bowed the knee to Jesus as Lord.  That allegiance is absolute.  It overrules family, friends and country.  Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Good luck in finding folks in your organization who fit that definition of “Christian”.  That kind of Christian, under Roman rule,  was the kind that were unwilling to give up Jesus even in the face of being fed to lions.  By the way, If you want to know who wins in the end, read the last few chapters of the book of Revelation.  I know you don’t believe it, but at least read it for your own information.  

As far as the radical left’s assertion that there is a “separation of church and state”, let’s clear some things up.  First, that statement was taken from a letter that Jefferson wrote to some Baptists, assuring them that the government would not force them to submit to a state church’s wishes.  The statement was not meant to keep God out of government.  Anyone who believes the founding fathers meant that, have lost their ball in the weeds.  Here’s some proof from history.

How about this Thanksgiving proclamation by George Washington?

A copy of this proclamation was sent to the executives of the States by the President in a brief form letter. This form is recorded in the “Letter Book” in the Washington Papers.

City of New York, October 3, 1789.

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee78 requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

You object?  Does it make your skin crawl? Maybe you need to rethink your position.

Here’s Ben Franklin at the constitutional convention: 

“We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we ourselves shall become a reproach and by-word down to future ages…I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.”

–Benjamin Franklin, 

You must be really upset by now.  But wait, there’s more…

Here’s George Washington giving general orders to the military:

“It is required and expected that exact discipline be observed, and due Subordination prevail thro’ the whole Army, as a Failure in these most essential points must necessarily produce extreme Hazard, Disorder and Confusion; and end in shameful disappointment and disgrace.

The General most earnestly requires, and expects, a due observance of those articles of war, established for the Government of the army, which forbid profane cursing, swearing & drunkeness; And in like manner requires & expects, of all Officers, and Soldiers, not engaged on actual duty, a punctual attendance on divine service, to implore the blessings of heaven upon the means used for our safety and defence.”

Wait, what???  He said soldiers have to go to church services?  I could go on and on with quotes showing you and your pals are way off in your understanding of what the founding fathers meant, but I’m sure you don’t care what they meant.  John, you and your buddies have lost your ball in the weeds.  You’re a shill for anti-religious bigots.  That’s a disgrace to the uniform.  Do your homework and maybe in the future you won’t look so ridiculous spouting your propaganda.

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere

On Sep 19, 2023, at 8:18 AM, John Compere wrote:

Hate-mailers like you do not seem to have the cognitive capacity or common civility to comprehend your hate-mail only encourages us to strive harder to protect the constitutional right of our military men and women to freedom from and of religion and only increases our support among patriotic Americans with knowledge of our successful efforts.


On Wed, Sep 20, 2023 at 6:36 PM (name withheld) wrote:

I sent this to your attack dog, John C as well:

(name withheld)


Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell

On Sep 20, 2023, at 8:50 PM, Mike wrote:

I don’t have a dog, (name withheld).

What, exactly, is your beef? I doubt seriously that you’re actually serious about calling people communists, unless you’re thinking of and talking to China.

Try to be specific so I can point out how incredibly wrong, and by the way, astonishingly stupid, you appear to be.

Mike Farrell

(MRFF Board of Advisors)


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2 Comments

  1. Tom O September 14, 2023 at 10:59 am

    EVERY totalitarian government tries to suppress or co-opt religion. As the Roman empire in the 4th century and Russia in the 1990’s showed us, the latter works much better than the former to reinforce the power of the state. Notice that the Russian Orthodox church supports the invasion of Ukraine, because they claim that Russia is fighting for traditional family values and religious faith against the sexual promiscuity and atheism of the decadent values of western Europe. Why does that sound familiar?

  2. Ironmoped September 15, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Speaking of Russia, Trump now uses Putin as a defense against his indictments!

    GOP – Good Ole Putin – Putin/Trump 24!

    Orwellian MAGA Dystopia.

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