Jun 5, 2013

Military Civil Rights Leader Sees Increase in Death Threats

I missed the chance to get together with Mikey Weinstein when he was in Madison, Wisconsin on a book tour.

Security and logistics didn't work out, and I told Mikey I understood and not to worry about it.

I am aware that death threats against Mikey are the norm, coming from Dominionist Christians, Evangelicals, and the type of people whom the late journalist, Ralph McGill termed "rabid, mad-dog minds."

Message from Facebook poster who threatened to
kill civil rights activist, Mikey Weinstein
These people can't bear the work of this proud Jewish man serving our country, and making the U.S. military safe for all servicemembers, as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Section III.

But some of Mikey's enemies are not garden-variety fundamentalist Christians.

No, these idiots would kill him, if they had the chance. But Mikey knows how to take care of himself.

As a Vietnam combat Marine once told me, advising on how to deal with enemies: "We don't get stressed. We inflict it." Crazy dude knows what he is talking about.

Anyway, writing this piece because a new death threat on Facebook against Mikey pissed me off.

Here's the story:

Vile Death Threats Levelled at Mikey Weinstein on Facebook

The following screenshots (many more threats are on Facebook), taken from Facebook, show the extent of the vile hatred that has been directed towards Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, Founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Mikey has been given many names by his enemies including “Satan”, “Satan’s lawyer”, “the Antichrist”, “That Godless, Secular Leftist”, “Antagonizer of All Christians”, “Most Dangerous Man in America” and “Field General of the Godless Armies of Satan.” With such hideous slanders and attacks being repeated daily in the Christian fundamentalist press, it comes as no surprise that many have wished death to Mikey and his family.

Please note: while we typically redact the names of those who send us hate mail in respect to privacy concerns, the below threats were made on Facebook in the full knowledge that a public audience would see them.

The following messages from “Becky Williams” were posted to Mikey Weinstein’s Facebook page on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 4, 2013:  
  Click here to access selected hatemail from detractors and cowards afraid to show their faces.

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