Greetings MRFF Supporters!
Let me draw your attention to the powerful letter written jointly by MRFF and Veterans for Common Sense to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. In this letter, we demand the immediate cessation of all forms of unconstitutional proselytizing in the U.S. military. In particular, we revealed the shocking story of the replacement of military mental health professionals with chaplains. Many service members find that their mental state, often deeply ravaged by PTSD, is manipulated to force conversion to evangelical Christianity. This 'battlefield Christian proselytizing' is a pathetically poor substitute for the respect and professional care our troops should receive. For more information about this horrible trend, read the Truthout article below titled "Can Jesus Cure Shell Shock?"
This illicit proselytizing has been significantly noticed throughout the world. The incredible Alternet story below by Bruce Wilson describes exactly how the Jihadists are observing unrestricted, unlawful Christian activity within the military and interpreting it as irrefutable proof of a Christian Crusade that justifies jihad. Americans are taking notice too. I and MRFF Senior Research Director Chris Rodda have had the opportunity to speak out in a number of recent interviews. The links to listen can be found below.
The American reaction to Constitutionally-violative proselytizing systemically plaguing our armed forces isn't remotely enough. The war on terror is becoming a Christian crusade faster than we are counteracting the Christian fundamentalists. Every day we fight tooth and nail for the very foundational rights of our military personnel victims, the vast majority of whom are practicing Protestants and Roman Catholics themselves! We rely solely on the generous donations of patriotic supporters like yourselves. PLEASE help us leverage the recent media attention and push back the noxious tide of unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian proselytizing in our honorable United States armed forces. Please make a fully tax-deductible donation today.
Finally, to address and counter a common criticism of the tenacious and passionate manner in which the Military Religious Freedom Foundation defends the Constitutionally-guaranteed religious freedoms of our honorable and noble servicemen and servicewomen, I would like to point to a fantastic quote by Edward Said:
Nothing in my view is more reprehensible than those habits of mind in the intellectual that induce avoidance, that characteristic turning away from a difficult and principled position which you know to be the right one, but which you decide not to take. You do not want to appear too political; you are afraid of seeming controversial; you want to keep a reputation for being balanced, objective, moderate; your hope is to be asked back, to consult, to be on a board or prestigious committee, and so to remain within the responsible mainstream; someday you hope to get an honorary degree, a big prize, perhaps even an ambassadorship.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Your Eternal Ally,