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Dec 28 2011

Mikey Weinstein, A Traitor in the War on Christmas

Over the past few months, I’ve been faced with the utter irony of splitting my time between dealing with the steady stream of lies about my boss and the organization I work for being part of the so-called war on Christmas, and having numerous conversations with that same boss about helping to send toys to kids for Christmas. One minute I’d be writing about the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) spreading lies about our organization, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), trying to stop Air Force Academy cadets from participating in Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child, which, as I wrote in a previous post, isn’t exactly what happened, and the next minute I’d be on the phone coordinating MRFF’s participation in a Christmas toy drive run by a student group I work with here in New Jersey.

For the second year, MRFF has partnered with the students of Kean University’s Be the Change to send toys to kids in the Gulf whose families have not yet recovered from the BP oil spill, with the students collecting the toys (828 of them this year) and MRFF handling the shipping.

MRFF’s involvement with Be the Change’s Toys for the Gulf project began last year, when I happened to be on the phone with my boss, Mikey Weinstein, just as I was trying to figure out a way to pay for getting the hundreds of toys collected by the students from New Jersey to Mississippi in time for Christmas. Mikey’s immediate response to me explaining our shipping dilemma was that the toys had to get there, whatever it took, and that MRFF would make it happen.

This year, it was Mikey who asked me if we were doing it again, telling me he wanted to help if we were. And so, once again, MRFF, while being relentlessly bashed by the likes of the ACLJ and FOX News as a bunch of Christmas-hating atheists, helped send toys to hundreds of kids whose families couldn’t afford much for Christmas. Yes, folks, Mikey Weinstein is a traitor in the war on Christmas!

 

In reality, of course, MRFF is not an atheist organization. We are a religious freedom organization, with clients, staff, and volunteers of all religions as well as no religion, with the overwhelming majority being Christian, both Protestant and Catholic. So, while we pushed for the religious holiday displays at Travis Air Force Base to be moved two blocks from a main intersection to the chapel grounds, and, when that didn’t happen, supported the base’s atheist community being able to put up a display alongside the religious displays, we equally supported a Christmas toy project benefiting a community where there are many struggling veterans, as well as some of MRFF’s Christian clients. To us at MRFF, that’s what religious freedom is all about.

Fast forward to Christmas Eve. The Toys for the Gulf project had been a huge success once again, with the big event having taken place in Gulfport the night before, and I was hanging out with my mom and getting things ready for Christmas Day. I was occasionally checking my email, just in case anything important came in, and, although it’s pretty hard to shock me after everything I’ve seen in my four years of working for MRFF, I couldn’t even fathom what I was seeing that night — hate mail on Christmas Eve! Yes, as I, like millions of other people around the country, was enjoying the holiday, there were so-called Christians out there who are so full of hate that they were actually gathered around their computers instead of their Christmas trees, writing emails like the following.

 

From: E-Mail Address Withheld
Date: December 24, 2011 3:31:10 PM MST
To: ——[email protected]
Subject: Church Xmas Msg. to Mickey’s family & MRFF

Our church leaders and congregation have been watching Mickey Weinstien and the MRFF for some time now. We read and watch everything in the news about Mickey and his family and MFRR. We started praying years ago for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to open his blinded eyes to the Good News so that Mickey will stop his wicked war on our brethren Christians in the military. But it has not happened. Our church knows why. Our Bible knows why too. Mickey is gone and lost to satan forever and we no longer waste our time praying to the Savior to stop his evil ways. 2 Corinthians 6:14. To Mickey’s wife Bonny we say harken unto the Lord Jesus or face hellfire. To his sons Casey and Curtis we say harken unto the Lord Jesus or face hellfire. To his daughter Amada and his son Caesy’s wife Amber we say harken unto the Lord Jesus or face hellfire. To the MRFF people of Patricia, Becky, Chris and Haley and Linda and Leah, Joan and Elisabeth and Philip and Richard and FJ Taylor and Andy and David Akeva and the Ambassador Wilson we say harken unto the Lord Jesus or face hellfire. Your leader Mickey is all possesed of Satan. Can you not see the obvius? If you ask him he will denie this of course which is always the top sign that he is possesed and in league with the dark one. This Christmas it is still not too late for all of you to break away from  Mickey and save your souls. By doing this you will finally understand the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ born on Christmas day. If you do not free yourselves of satan’s barking dog Mickey this Christmas then you will all find out the Bad News of burning forever in hell soon enough. John 3:36 You will not respond to this message as we know how rude and ruthluss MFRR people always are in replying to polite peaceful and loving Christians trying to stop Mickey.

But what was it that Mikey Weinstein wanted to know from me in the midst of receiving emails like this? That everything with the Toys for the Gulf event had gone smoothly and that the kids had gotten their toys!

I want to end this post with three things.

First, I want to say what amazing people the students of Kean University’s Be the Change and their professor, Dr. Norma Bowe, are. Not only do they do special projects like Toys for the Gulf, they work tirelessly all year round feeding the homeless here in New Jersey, working with a teen homeless shelter (with several of the former residents of the shelter having gone on to become Kean students), and doing many other incredible service projects both locally and around the country.

Second, don’t believe the BP produced commercials currently airing on TV that claim that everything is back to normal in the Gulf. It’s not.

And, finally, THERE IS NO FREAKIN’ WAR ON CHRISTMAS!

 

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  1. 1
    coragyps

    And to the folks who wrote that letter, I would like to say “go fuck your superstitious selves with a dull chainsaw.” But I’m just as polite, peaceful, and loving as those folks are, so I’ll just imagine I did.

    One could hope that the letter is an example of Poe’s Law……

  2. 2
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    Oh, now, this is priceless:

    If you ask him he will denie this of course which is always the top sign that he is possesed and in league with the dark one.

    I wonder what the writer of that email would say if I accused zem of being possessed by Satan? Would they acknowledge it, or deny (or is that “denie”) it? Folks like this must take 1984 as an instruction manual.

  3. 3
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    And to Chris and Mickey and the most excellent folks at MRFF and Be The Change: congratulations.

  4. 4
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    These people should probably get a clue as to what Mikey is about before praying for or condemning him. Could have saved them years of prayer and wasted time at Christmas. Could have put that concern and energy into something good.

  5. 5
    Midnight Rambler

    If you do not free yourselves of satan’s barking dog Mickey this Christmas then you will all find out the Bad News of burning forever in hell soon enough. John 3:36 You will not respond to this message as we know how rude and ruthluss MFRR people always are in replying to polite peaceful and loving Christians trying to stop Mickey.

    This is the epitome of Poe’s law summed up in two sentences. Total lack of self-awareness or deliberate parody? Who knows? The whole letter suggest the former, but it just goes to show…

  6. 6
    Jeremy Shaffer

    If you ask him he will denie this of course which is always the top sign that he is possesed and in league with the dark one.

    So, we can know if one is possessed by and in league with the dark one because they will, when asked, lie by denying it but if they are not they will… lie by saying yes when asked? Did I get that right or am I missing something? I have to be missing something.

    Is it me or do all these sure- fire detection methods have easy and obvious work- arounds?

  7. 7
    pyrobryan

    So denying that you’re possessed by satan means you are possessed by satan. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t? Would the author of this letter deny such an accusation if it was made at them?

    I also had to laugh at the author claiming to be “polite peaceful and loving Christians” after a whole letter claiming that “Mickey” was of the devil and he and all his family and colleagues would be burning in hell for all eternity. I don’t call that polite, peaceful or loving. I hope you responded to them and asked them if they were so loving, why their letter was in such contrast to what the Bible says about love in the oh-so-famous 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. This letter was not patient or kind. It was boastful and proud. It dishonored others. It definitely was keeping records of wrongs. It did not protect, trust, hope or persevere.

    Such hypocrisy. The sad thing is, they probably really thought they were being loving and kind by threatening you with eternal torture.

  8. 8
    Pinky

    Boy-howdy can this person express zimself*.

    “We started praying years ago for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to open his blinded eyes to the Good News so that Mickey will stop his wicked war on our brethren Christians in the military. But it has not happened. Our church knows why. Our Bible knows why too.”

    1. They had been praying to Jesus so Jesus could open his own eyes about his own program?

    2. “Our Bible knows why too.” Is zie* saying that church’s bible is a sentient being? Does the pastor leave a night light and the radio on when zie locks up for the night so the bible will not get lonely or frightened? Has this bible ever been caught sleeping with the Book of Mormon or getting a hummer from the Koran? Does the bible talk with all the congregation or just a few?

    Seriously the last part of the hate mail is a coded threat to Mr. Weinstein and zirs family along with those who work with zim or are associated with zim. I noticed how each individual, even zirs children and in-laws, is mentioned by name. I held out for a long time that Christians were mostly peaceful people but that has eroded to a nub seeing threat letters like this and other actions with no outcry from the True Christians™.

    (*Gender neutral pronoun.)

  9. 9
    Chris Rodda

    And the weird thing about this email is them knowing so many names of people at MRFF, although we’re still trying to figure out who Philip is. This person even mentions our bookkeeper by name, and Mikey’s daughter and daughter-in-law, even though they have their names reversed.

  10. 10
    d cwilson

    Is it me or do all these sure- fire detection methods have easy and obvious work- arounds?

    Things were a lot easier when they were allowed to just throw people into the river. Back then, if they floated they were a witch and if they drowned they were innocent.

    Damn liberal activist judges.

  11. 11
    suzysalaksartok

    Yeah, as long as you say it with a smile and a friendly tip o’ the hat, threatening somebody is just as polite and pleasant as you please.

    Also, Why Do They Capitalize so much random Stuff, like Good News, but not Their own dark Lord ‘satan’ (Which is a proper noun)? He’s just that evil?

  12. 12
    had3

    They stopped praying for Mikey? Prayer quitters are Satan’s allies; jesus was just on the verge of opening his eyes (mikey’s, jesus’s, or both) and they stopped praying – sigh.

  13. 13
    Aquaria

    Stupid and creepy is a dangerous combination.

  14. 14
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    THERE IS NO FREAKIN’ WAR ON CHRISTMAS!

    Except maybe in Nigeria where the Jihadists there really are bombing churches and killing Christians in the name of Allah?

    Your leader Mickey is all possesed of Satan. Can you not see the obvius? If you ask him he will denie this of course which is always the top sign that he is possesed and in league with the dark one.

    Or the Messiah! The true Messiah always denies his divinity!

    [Monty python theft]

    Mickey : Alright, alright I am the Messiah!

    Crowd : He is! He is the Messiah! All hail the Messiah!

    Mickey : Now SOD OFF! ;-) [/ Life of Brien ref.]

    Then there’s this particularly charming little detail :

    This Christmas it is still not too late for all of you to break away from Mickey and save your souls.

    How very pro-family of them (Eyeroll.)

    And when their souls are “saved” will that mean they get look down at Mickey, their husband, father, uncle and whatever else burning in eternal torment and laugh or will they mourn and grieve and plead for him to be released like, say, non-religious decent people would do?

  15. 15
    Foster Disbelief

    I can’t figure out which line I like more.

    Either:

    If you ask him he will denie this of course which is always the top sign that he is possesed and in league with the dark one.

    Wouldn’t their whole argument fall apart if you asked them if they were possessed by Satan? “No, of course we aren’t poss…Damn you MRFF!”

    or:

    we know how rude and ruthluss MFRR people always are in replying to polite peaceful and loving Christians trying to stop Mickey.

    Very true. So where is the letter from “polite, peaceful, and loving Christians?” Are you holding out on us, Chris? Or is calling someone Satan’s barking dog and threatening hellfire considered polite and peaceful in their neck of the woods? How do they say “Good Morning?” “Burn in hell!”?

    All joking aside, with the listing of individual names contained in this e-mail, I hope you are red-flagging this at least as a possible threat. I don’t like assuming the worst of people, but I’d rather you all be cautious than a front page tragedy.

  16. 16
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Mickey, thank you for sending Christmas gifts to families that can’t afford them. You are a real hero.

    I do suggest passing this to the police in case some “loving Christian” decides to speed your family breakup with an axe, or at least displaying the complete headers and printing it for your hate-mail file in case they do proceed to direct threats.

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