Gosh guys, it looks like Mikey at MRFF wrote your story for you.
Is it possible that you might practice journalism, act in an oversight role, and await the findings?
But then again, what happens if the Team does find that Mikey's hypothesis - that the military is overrun with proselytizers who have forgotten the oath they took to guard the nation - is wrong? Will you review the process of coming to that conclusion (as a good journalist should) or will you simply jump on the Mikey bandwagon and attack?
"Any guesses on what [the Indy's] findings will be?" I can guess...
Mikey's good friend and classmate,
John C. Buckley III, Esq. (John knows me)
The motivation of Courtside Ministries is not to aggravate anyone, including Atty. Christensen. The purpose is to meet people where they are, and try and make a difference in their lives. For any of us who have been in a courthouse as litigants, we know how lonely you can feel walking out the door. Heck, ask your friends who went through contentious divorces - male and female - how they felt when they walked out the door after being put through the meat grinder. Faith is an answer to many, and some seek that answer when life is tough. The option to say "No" always exists...no one is forced to talk to anyone at Courtside, and in fact, many DO say no. It's a service that one can choose to utilize or not. Free will abounds at Courtside Ministries.
The law is secular by design, and it does not exist to answer the biggest issues in life. The biggest issues in life include:"Why me?", or "Can you help me?", or "Why did I have to lose my son/daughter/father/ mother/sister/brother?", or the biggest one: "Why did God do this? Can a loving God really let this happen?" The law deliberately evades those issues. Unfortunately, sometimes the law solves problems like a surgeon using a meat cleaver, and people end up being emotional and psychological casualties when the legal system is done with them. Courtside tries to help people addressing these issues, and presents grace, mercy and forgiveness as perscriptions to the pain they feel at that time.
Many people feel that faith in Christ offers them nothing, and sometimes those same people conclude, erroneously, that belief in Christ offers nothing to others as well. Unfortunately, some try to PREVENT the presentation of Christ to others because of their own view, thereby inhibiting the marketplace of ideas that the Founding Fathers desired for us all. Those people are wrong, and they should not try to prevent the presentation of a solution - faith in Christ - that has worked for centuries for millions (billions?) of people. After all...if the detractors are right, and there's nothing after life anyway, where's the harm? The Constitution assumed EXACTLY this type of interaction between our citizenry.
John C. Buckley III, MA, JD
Board of Directors, Christian Legal Society
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