People just want something to be angry about, something that they can complain about to the point that they believe they scored some minor victory that literally no one else will ever care about in the future.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is calling on the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado to cancel a scheduled speaking appearance by a Chick-fil-A executive.
According to the Associated Press (AP):
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation said Wednesday the company has a history of supporting anti-gay causes and that Rodney Bullard, a Chick-fil-A vice president and academy graduate, shouldn’t speak at the school’s upcoming leadership conference.
Bullard said the company and its charitable foundation don’t fund anti-gay programs. He says Chick-fil-A’s foundation funds programs to help children in poverty, including groups that work with LGBQT youth.
I guess the whole crux of the problem is that in 2012 then-president and current CEO of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy publicly opposed gay marriage, before walking publicly regretting entering the fray in 2014.
“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,” the MRFF’s mission statement reads.
Correct me if I’m wrong here, but doesn't the right to religious freedom allow American citizens to practice whatever religion they choose and not a right to freedom FROM religion?
Here are a few tenets of the MRFF, also according to their mission statement:
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 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 MRFF seems to be a “freedom FROM religion” organization instead of promoting that people should engage in their religion as they see fit, within the law. The organization’s primary goal appears to want to shield people from religion, curtailing freedom of speech in order to prove some kind of anti-religion stance.
Or it could just be that the MRFF just doesn’t like Christians, since I’ve never heard of them before this.
Whatever the case, if you were for religious freedom, wouldn’t you want people to be able to hear whichever speaker they like? Let people decide for themselves. And how do they know that Bullard would’ve spoken about religion?