Scott C. Mathews: The myth of the military martyr
June 3, 2013
The myth of the military martyr
Re: Susan Stamper Brown's May 1 column
Allow me to suggest to Ms. Brown that before engaging in such ridiculous spin that she do at least a little research about the subject she writes about. Mikey Weinstein represents a think tank out of Albuquerque, N.M., called The Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Their mission statement is, "The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment." This is a direct quote from the man via the Huffington article he wrote that started this spin campaign. "Neither MRFF nor any other genuine religious freedom organization of any repute has ever championed — and never would champion — that evangelical Christians, as a whole, should be ousted from the government or the military. We demand only that people of all faiths (or no faith) obey their solemnly sworn oath to the Constitution and follow the military's regulations regarding religion."
In other words, ensuring that our military does not proselytize troops into Christianity or any other religion as the Constitution states. So no, Christian folk are not being thrown to the lions. There is no mention of retaliation toward anybody who serves and wants to practice believing in or praying too any deity they so please. This article is a fine example of how lazy our press in this country has become. Wander around the internet and you will find many right-leaning, Christian organizations that spew the lies in which her article was based on. Yes, Ms. Brown, your article is completely based upon an article from the ghost of Andrew Breitbart and his right-wing conspiracy website. Try harder.
Scott C. Mathews, Breckenridge
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