“As a pro-active advocate for separation of church & state for all Americans (i.e., civilian & military), the MRFF & its mission statement are completely compatible with my secular advocacy & interests. It is a natural fit.” – Gen. John M. Compere
John Milsap Compere is a West Texas rancher and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, Texas lawyer, U.S. judge and Vietnam-era disabled veteran.
General Compere is a descendant of the Rev. Lee Compere, who came to America as a missionary to the Native Americans. An accomplished writer with an illustrious military career, Compere is the author of 74 published articles for local, state, and national bar associations, as well as being an editorial columnist and commentator for the Abilene Reporter-News, plus contributor to several other publications.
For half a century, General Compere practiced law as a US Army lawyer and Texas lawyer, mediator and arbitrator in Federal and State Courts. For 4 years, Compere served in Washington D.C. as Chief Judge of the US Army Court of Military Review, a tenured Federal Court position requiring nomination by the President of the United States of America and confirmation by the Senate.
Serving for 26 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, General Compere began as an ROTC cadet at Texas Tech University before beginning active duty as a 101st Airborne Division paratrooper, where he served in Thailand, Vietnam, Honduras, Panama and the USA. Compere retired from the Army as a Brigadier General and Vietnam Era Disabled Veteran.
As a resident of West Texas, General Compere has been frustrated by what he sees as relentless attempts to establish a de facto theocracy, where Christian religious and conservative politics are intertwined and there is scant room for progressive ideas or alternative ideological or theological stances. He considers himself an advocate speaking against the Religious Right. As a former United Methodist Church member, newsletter columnist and teacher of the Bible and its history, he is confident that this study, teaching and knowledge enable him to provide reliable and rational refutation to the selective scriptural snippets used by bible-belt bullies to impose their religious beliefs on others.