Of course, like most things, the pseudonym that the group aiding the lawsuit goes under is a smoke screen. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is an organization that embraces the dogmas of a singular definition of what constitutes 'proper' religious beliefs. In an attempt to garner government support for censoring anyone who doesn't share their dogmatic views of religion and its place in society, they continue to play the switch-a-roo with the public, making it seem as if they are really out to promote tolerance and religious diversity, when in fact they are out to get the iron gauntlet of government oppression on their side. They do this by using the age old 'they're tunneling under our houses I say! They're out to conquer the world! We must save ourselves!!' tactics. You just take an old Nazi propaganda speech c. 1934, scratch out 'Jew', and insert Evangelical Christian.
Now, I spent almost 15 years in ministry in an Evangelical setting. I rubbed shoulders with many a fundamentalist and conservative Evangelical who had just as strong beliefs as the MRFF does about what constitutes acceptable religious practice. But it isn't hard to hear the 'Scare Quotes" all over this youtube video, as we are treated to the same type of hysterics that many on the Left accuse the Right of using:
Now, according to MRFF's own website, this is the standards that they seek to promote:
Therefore, MRFF holds that:
- No religion or religious philosophy may be advanced by the United States Armed Forces over any other religion or religious philosophy.
- No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to conform to a particular religion or religious philosophy.
- No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to witness or engage in any religious exercise.
- No member of the military may be compelled to curtail – except in the most limited of military circumstances and when it directly impacts military discipline, morale and the successful completion of a specific military goal – the free exercise of their religious practices or beliefs.
- Students at United States military academies are entitled to the same Constitutional rights pertaining to religious freedoms and the free exercise of those freedoms to which all other members of the United States Armed Forces military are entitled.
- No member of the military may be compelled to endure unwanted religious proselytization, evangelization or persuasion of any sort in a military setting and/or by a military superior or civilian employee of the military.
- The full exercise of religious freedom includes the right not to subscribe to any particular religion or religious philosophy. The so-called “unchurched” cede no Constitutional rights by want of their separation from organized faith.
- It is the responsibility of the military hierarchy to ensure that the free exercise of religious freedoms of all enlisted personnel are respected and served.
- All military personnel have the right to employ appropriate judicial means to protect their religious rights.
"By making a fundamentalist Christian the keynote speaker at this event, the government has promoted, elevated, endorsed and favored Christianity over all other religions," they argued.In other words, simply because of who he is, what he believes, the lawsuit was filed. Because we know that all of those