Jerry Dewitt’s Humanist Community Gets Frightening Threat

Jerry Dewitt has been building a humanist community in Lake Charles, Louisiana, called the Lake Charles Community Mission Chapel. They’ve been facing discrimination in finding a place to meet, but worse than that is this very frightening threat that was left in the mailbox of one of the leaders of that community:

We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. You’re (sic) little group of devil worshipers is not welcome here. Let the love and message of the Lord filter through you and may you escape from the eternal damnation that you have condemned you (sic) and you’re (sic) innocent children to. Repent you’re (sic) Satanistic ways or you will find that the Lord works in VERY mysterious ways. You are against God and are not welcome in this area and we WILL spread his message to the hearts and minds of your innocent children. To deny His word to your children is abuse, and if you do not learn to love Him and His word then we will have no choice but to take action to protect your children from your devil-enabling ways. Do not even try to report this to police – we are everywhere and His work will be done in His name thru (sic) us, the true believers.

The police have been contacted and are investigating. I certainly hope they can find the person who sent it and convict them. This is, of course, quite common. Ask anyone who has ever filed a church/state lawsuit and they can tell you all about the threatening phone calls and emails. Ask Mikey Weinstein, who had swastikas painted on his house and who gets threats like this on a practically daily basis.

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  • whheydt

    Just to get the meme over for this thread…

    Just feel the Christian love.

  • He Who Shall Not Be Blamed

    And we shall know them by their…. Oh, nevermind!

  • John Pieret

    John 13:35

  • bmiller

    I would guess the police will not give this 110%. Although the Acadians are less insane than the Baptists of Northern Louisiana, so….

  • raven

    The police have been contacted and are investigating.

    The police have been contacted and are investigating. and are pretending to do something.

    The local police will sometimes do something. But often enough, they either can’t do anything because they aren’t trained to deal with death threats. Or they don’t care enough to bother.

    The FBI does a much better job. They deal with death threats constantly and even have a cybercrimes division. They have so many that they used to pick and choose and let most slide. This all changed after Gabbrielle Giffords was shot. Politicians are their bosses and politicians don’t like getting killed by assassins.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    YOU PEOPLE SHOULD READ THE CONSTITUTOIN!!! ITS FREEDOM OF DERISION NOT FREEDOM FROM DERISION!!!

  • raven

    This is, of course, quite common.

    QFT!!!

    A lot of scientists get them too. The xians mostly focus on biologists and climatologists.

    While death threats from xians are quite common, they are also felonies. One that is often prosecuted. There are a lot of people in prison for this.

  • nicemarmot

    That’s so weird. Louisiana is usually known for its well-educated populace, progressive social policies, and enthusiastic acceptance of new and exciting ideas.

  • Alverant

    Sounds more like a terrorist threat to me. Get the feds involved. Since the USPS was used (assuming it was sent through the mail and not just shoved inside the mailbox), this is a felony.

  • raven

    Death threats are a form of…terrrorism.

    Climate Scientists Face Organized Harassment in U.S. …

    www. bloomberg. com/…/climate-scientists-face-organized-harassment-in-…

    Sep 10, 2012 – “I get the odd critical email from a skeptic, but would not classify anything as … In contrast to Europe, climate policies in the United States are dead for the … said Bruno Tremblay, a climatologist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. … to a secure facility after they received a deluge of threats from skeptics.

    and

    Climatologists Tell Congress About Abuse They Face For …

    insideclimatenews. org/print/4651

    May 20, 2010 – Personal attacks, intimidation and death threats are now part of being a … of US citizens, such new ideas will have to be implemented quickly.

    One climatologist group had to be moved to an undisclosed secure facility.

  • Kevin Kehres

    @9…Sounds more like it was shoved in the mailbox…

    FWIW: This looks like a violation of the Patriot Act.

  • rationalinks

    Let the love and message of the Lord filter through you…

    Ah yes, let the love and message of the Lord filter through you. Nothing says love like a nice death threat…so sayeth the lord.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Since the USPS was used (assuming it was sent through the mail and not just shoved inside the mailbox), this is a felony.

    IIRC shoving it in a mailbox is enough.

  • Jackie

    It’s just a threat. Surely, they need to toughen up and be open to discussion and criticism. I’m sure it was just sent by teenage trolls and if they ignore them, they’ll go away. It’s only the mail. Reporting them to the police is censorship.

    /sarcasm

  • Kevin Kehres

    @13…isn’t is a crime to deliver mail without proper postage? Get the Postal Inspector on it! That’ll show ’em.

  • Larry

    You’re (sic) little group of devil worshipers is not welcome here.

    Me fail English. That’s unpossible!

  • chilidog99

    Phill Robinson, is that you?

  • jws1

    John Pieret: I’m having a tough time finding John 13:35, as none of the three Johns have 13 chapters, and none of the chapters they do have reach 35 verses.

  • vereverum

    @ jws1 #18

    It’s the gospel not a letter

    John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

  • Michael Heath

    . . . Lake Charles Community Mission Chapel. They’ve been facing discrimination in finding a place to meet, but worse than that is this very frightening threat that was left in the mailbox of one of the leaders of that community:

    I think threats in meat-world are more chilling than the threats we receive from trolls on the Internet. So I too hope to see justice served here.

    Awhile back heddle waved away the death threats I received, claiming anyone who argues on these topics over the Internet should expect some threats. This was a lie. The threats I received had nothing to do with the Internet, but instead was a reaction to a letter to the editor I wrote that was published in the local newspaper*. Those threats came via my listed land-line phone. That experience was a factor in our getting rid of our landline phone (which I don’t miss).

    The 2004 election year was a bad year for GBLTs and their supporters. In MI there was a referendum to amend the MI Constitution to prohibit gay marriage in a way that also caused children to suffer. The Catholic running to be my state rep. in the state legislature argued that his policy on gay rights would be in compliance with the hierarchy of his church. He was quoted in that same paper. My letter was a response to his quote that explained why his position was both unconstitutional and downright un-American.

    He won the election, easily. So from 2005 over the next four years, my state and U.S. congressmen, both Catholics, overtly argued in the media that the Catholic hierarchy’s positions were their highest precedence, that rather than defending the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Congressman was Bart Stupak, a Democrat. He and his caucus he led held Obamacare hostage for several weeks just prior to passage. That in hopes of advancing their anti-abortion rights cause.

  • jws1

    vereverum: thanks. Just read it in the greater context of the story. It sounds like very slippery language coming from Jesus.

  • Jackie

    I think threats in meat-world are more chilling than the threats we receive from trolls on the Internet.

    Really? What makes the medium of delivery less threatening? How is a piece of paper any more “meat space” than an email? The internet is real. The people receiving it are real. The people making the threats are real. Email is just as real as snail mail. People making threats online cannot be written off as merely “trolls”.

  • Alverant

    #22 I hear what you’re saying, but it takes more time, effort, and money to send a threat via mail than over the internet. It’s like how sending out spam is easy but physical ads shoved in your mailbox are more likely to be looked at.

  • D. C. Sessions

    “Physical ads</strike threats in your mailbox” also make a rather strong statement in and of themselves:

    “I know where to find you, and it’s easy for me to reach you there.”

  • captain_spleen

    Somebody’s been watching too much True Detective.

  • Michael Heath

    Me earlier:

    I think threats in meat-world are more chilling than the threats we receive from trolls on the Internet.

    Jackie earlier:

    People making threats online cannot be written off as merely “trolls”.

    You misrepresent what I wrote. I didn’t write, ‘merely trolls”. I wrote trolls.

    Jackie writes:

    How is a piece of paper any more “meat space” than an email? The internet is real. The people receiving it are real. The people making the threats are real. Email is just as real as snail mail.

    I never claimed otherwise, so again you misrepresent what I wrote; nor are your premises here even relevant to my position. If you want to credibly rebut someone’s post then I suggest not misconstruing what they wrote, as you do here, and then criticize that instead. What you’ve done is create an exemplary, though remedial, strawman to beat-up.

    Please also note I led with, “I think”. This is merely my observation; emphasis on the merely. I don’t know whether it would empirically withstand scrutiny though I’d be happy placing a bet it would.

    The reason I take this position is simple and should be obvious. The threats I’ve received in meat-world were physically immediate. It’s my perception the probability that the Christians who were making these threats had a far more likely ability to carry through on these threats vs. threats from trolls I’ve received on the Internet. The latter would have require far more energy, time, and resources to carry out vs. threats I received in the very small town I live in from people contacting me from that same small town. Caller ID can be helpful, one was from a local Christianist church which no longer exists.

    In addition, two of the three death threats I received were from people that were demonstrably inebriated. It would be a simple task to hunt me down while inebriated given our proximity; especially since my listed landline phone number referenced my home address.

    The infuriated Internet trolls? These people would have a tough time staying buzzed between the moment they were enraged to the time they needed to finally confront me. Or if they were sober, maintaining their fury during the entire trip. That doesn’t mean such trolls don’t exist who could make good on their threats, just that I conclude the odds are less. It’s the same logic that addresses why so much gun violence is between people that know each other.

  • http://www.facebook.com/revmatt sc_94fcac0d7c66800c216855e86b6758f9

    What does it say about contemporary atheism that until reading the story I assumed from the headline that they were being threatened with violence and murder by other atheists rather than by theists?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    sc_94fcac0d7c66800c216855e86b6758f9 “What does it say about contemporary atheism that until reading the story I assumed from the headline that they were being threatened with violence and murder by other atheists rather than by theists?”

    I don’t know. What does it say about contemporary atheism that until reading the story you assumed from the headline that they were being threatened with violence and murder by other atheists rather than by theists?

  • skylanetc

    This is common stuff, received by any person or organization publicly espousing liberal or humanist views down South. A friend of mine, active in environmental protection causes around Baton Rouge, has received death threats, had shots fired into his house (no police action, of course), and had his property vandalized. Yet he perseveres–and wins, occasionally.

    It takes strong nerves to stand tall for progressive ideas in benighted, violent Dixie. I applaud the courage of Jerry Dewitt and the Lake Charles Community Mission.

  • Anri

    sc_94fcac0d7c66800c216855e86b6758f9 @ 27:

    What does it say about contemporary atheism that until reading the story I assumed from the headline that they were being threatened with violence and murder by other atheists rather than by theists?

    What does it say about your understanding of contemporary atheism that your assumption was wrong?