Mikey Weinstein Attacked by a Highly Dishonest Yappy Dog

This is actually about a year and a half old, but it was just brought to my attention. It’s a blog post by a guy named Coleman Luck, supposedly a Hollywood producer and a Vietnam vet. And it’s just chock full of lies and stupidity, beginning with the very first paragraph:

I’ve been thinking a lot about Mikey Weinstein, the atheist who is leading the charge against Christians in the military. Let me tell you a story.

No, let me give you some inconvenient facts. First, Mikey is not an atheist. I know, it’s so much easier to frame the situation as the evil atheist against the good Christians, but that’s simply not the case. Nor is he “leading the charge against Christians in the military.” The overwhelming majority of the soldiers that MRFF helps are Christians. He is leading the charge against Christian privilege and imposition of religion in the military. These are not even remotely the same thing, but your inability to make such distinctions is duly noted right up front.

He then tells a story about how a superior officer tried to make him drink a beer in Vietnam but he bravely refused and didn’t file a complaint over it. Based on that irrelevant fact, he then continues his absurd attack on Mikey:

I’ve read the story of Mikey Weinstein and his son who both complained bitterly that Christians had harassed them at the Air Force Academy. Let me be clear, I don’t believe in harassing anyone ever for their religious beliefs or lack of them. (There are plenty of other reasons to harass people that are far more enjoyable.) But Christians have been harassed in the military for almost 2000 years. (Read the story that comes out of ancient Rome called the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste. They were the pride of the Roman army and they died for their faith.) As a Christian, you expect harassment and discrimination. It comes with the territory wherever you are. So suck it up.

I think I’ve heard this one before. It began “Dear Muslima.” Some Christians were killed in the Roman military, so therefore….what, exactly? His argument is that therefore Christian officers in the military should be allowed to treat non-Christian soldiers unequally and impose their religious views on them. And he actually thinks this is a reasonable argument. Not the sharpest bulb in the sign, to say the least.

I don’t think the real issue for Mikey Weinstein is oppression because of his atheism. Neither do I think it’s oppression because he and his son are Jews. I’ve known brave, tough soldiers who were atheists and Jews. They could take anything thrown at them and they have my eternal respect both as men and warriors. I think the real issue for Mikey Weinstein and his son is gutlessness. They are wusses. Mama’s boys. I’ve known boys like this in the army. They couldn’t take the heat. While the other men were sucking it up and going through the rough training, they were writing to their Congressman.

The military is a crucible. It brings out the best or the worst in a person. If you are a whiner and a complainer you get no respect and that must haunt you. I suppose it might make you furious enough to spend the rest of your life lashing out at those you blame for your own failure. I’m sure it would be important to convince yourself that, in reality, you aren’t a coward, you’re really a defender of freedom. I feel sorry for Mikey Weinstein and his son. They should have our pity, not our anger.

You know who I don’t feel sorry for? Moronic assholes like Coleman Luck. I don’t pity them, I despise them. They are everything that is wrong with the world. And by what possible measure has Mikey been a failure? He was an Air Force officer, part of the JAG corps, a legal counsel in the White House under Ronald Reagan, and chief counsel to Ross Perot. If that’s failure, what would success be? Oh, and he’s still not an atheist.

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  • Michael Heath

    Coleman Luck states:

    Let me be clear, I don’t believe in harassing anyone ever for their religious beliefs or lack of them.

    If this were true, Mr. Luck would be a supporter of Mikey Weinstein’s cause rather than a defamer of Weinstein and what Weinstein’s cause is about.

    From my perspective the Christian religion is rife with people who frequently claim their god, their religion, and themselves possess certain admirable qualities. But even casual observations reveals that their god’s supposed and threatened behavior, and the behavior of at least conservative Christians, has both at the top of any list of supposed gods and people who behave or promote behavior in direct violation of these admirable qualities.

  • Michael Heath

    Coleman Luck states:

    I don’t think the real issue for Mikey Weinstein is oppression because of his atheism. Neither do I think it’s oppression because he and his son are Jews. I’ve known brave, tough soldiers who were atheists and Jews. They could take anything thrown at them and they have my eternal respect both as men and warriors. I think the real issue for Mikey Weinstein and his son is gutlessness. They are wusses. Mama’s boys.

    This vivid demonstration of Mr. Luck undeservedly projecting his own cowardice onto Mr. Weinstein and his son deserves to be nominated for the 2014 Bryan Fischer Award. Admittedly, the competition is fierce given all other worthy nominations.

  • Trebuchet

    Moronic assholes like Coleman Luck.

    Since a superior officer tried to make him drink a beer, I’m guessing he’s a Mormonic asshole as well.

  • Michael Heath

    I attempted to publish a comment at Coleman Luck’s blog post. Mr. Luck screen comments prior to publication. My comment merely links to this blog post noting Ed’s thread here was a fisking of Luck’s blog post.

    So now the question is:

    Is Mr. Luck too much of a coward to post my comment? Or will Mr. Luck either post my comment and then misconstrue what Ed and Ed’s commenters write, or just lie here in this thread or in a new blog post?

    I perceive that these are the only reasonably possible results. That’s given my confidence Luck lacks the courage and integrity to directly confront his defamatory comments and then honestly and fully respond. He demonstrates far too much cowardice and dishonesty to pull himself out of the very deep rabbit hole of conservative Christianity.

  • John Pieret

    Mikey is not an atheist. I know, it’s so much easier to frame the situation as the evil atheist against the good Christians, but that’s simply not the case.

    That can’t be! Good Jews wouldn’t whine about being made to sit through a Christian prayer service. They’d just suck it up and accept it as the price for not believing in the right God.

  • sanford

    I just looked at Lucks blog. Not much of a blogger, Maybe he is too busy or no one read it. his last post way some time last year. His last post was last July

  • alanb

    The military is a crucible. It brings out the best or the worst in a person. If you are a whiner and a complainer you get no respect and that must haunt you. I suppose it might make you furious enough to spend the rest of your life lashing out at those you blame for your own failure

    With only a few changes, this could be about female soldiers and rape. I suspect that Mr. Luck would not object to that change.

  • LightningRose

    Ed, a few metaphors for you:

    Not the brightest bulb in the sign (or, on the tree)

    Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    Not the sharpest hoe (or tool) in the shed.

    You have conflated each of theses on numerous occasions.

  • rogerstanyard

    More metaphors:

    Dim as a Toc H lamp.

    Normal for Norfolk.

    One stop short of East Ham.

  • Anri

    As dumb as a very large box full of very heavy hammers.

  • vereverum

    Half a bubble off.

  • amadan

    My personal favourite (first heard from an Irish politician, describing a junior minister appointed more for his family connections than his abilities) – “He’s not the sharpest sandwich in the dictionary”.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    Well, this guy’s about as sharp as the leading edge of a marble…

  • Alverant

    Elevator doesn’t go to the top floor

    Room temperature IQ

    A few fries short of a Happy Meal

    A sandwich short of a picnic

    A few issues short of a complete collection

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    A couple of bottles short of a six pack.

    Less than a full deck. (I had a friend who had some mental health problems and at one time was institutionalized. She told me that she and some other patients found themselves playing Crazy Eights with less than a full deck…)

    Dumb as a box of hammers is still my favorite.

  • tfkreference

    LightningRose: the difference in respect between pedantry and pedastry is less than the difference in spelling.

  • rogerstanyard

    And another: “Even his best friends would not describe him as an intellectual.”