More Terrible Reactions to Hewett Victory

Steven Hewett got a major victory in King, North Carolina, where the city council voted to settle the case and give him everything he wanted. That means no more Christian flags flying over the veterans memorial they built and no more statue of a soldier praying to a cross. And the idiotic and vile reactions continue to pile up. On Newsmax, a lot of the ignorami there think it’s all about communism for some bizarre reason.

There are a few good judges left, but the matter would be transferred to a communist judge in federal court ( appointed by Clinton or Barack) who’d rule against the Judeo-Christian tradition every time…

ProgLibs (socialists) don’t believe in private property. Why do you wish to have capitalist money ? You voted to give power to the anti-God socialists, so eat your ideological peas now. “Socialism is the road to Communism.” – Karl Marx (but what would he know about it, right ?)…

Most women, blacks, Hispanics, Jews and Muslims vote the socialist-communist ticket every time. At heart, it’s an anti-Christian vote, promoting the Philosophy of Death…

They (socialists) condition people to abdicate and kow-tow to the smallest minority. This pays off later when only about 10% of the people can overthrow the government (ref. Bolshevik Revolution)…

Saying such idiotic things really should automatically rescind one’s right to vote, shouldn’t it? Then there’s all the “he’s not a real veteran” bullshit:

They won’t fight for this memorial because a “so-called veteran” doesn’t like the Christian flag? I understand the cost to the small town but, what is wrong with Hewitt??? (sarc)…

This guy is no Veteran, he’s an a$$hat…!

Yeah, he’s a “so-called veteran.” Must be why he was awarded the Combat Action Badge and a Bronze Star in Afghanistan. Because he’s no veteran. And then, of course, there are the thinly veiled threats of violence:

The ideal thing would be that Steven Hewitt simply disappears some day and is never heard from again. There is more than one way to solve a problem…It is what he deserves…

Why don’t ‘accidents’ happen anymore?

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  • Anne Fenwick

    Most women, blacks, Hispanics, Jews and Muslims vote the socialist-communist ticket every time.

    They (socialists) condition people to abdicate and kow-tow to the smallest minority.

    I’m confused. Oh no, wait… he’s confused.

  • brucegee1962

    They (socialists) condition people to abdicate and kow-tow to the smallest minority. This pays off later when only about 10% of the people can overthrow the government (ref. Bolshevik Revolution)…

    Wait, I thought that the communist socialist plot was to cynically garner votes by unfairly stealing the wealth of the hard-working wealthy Christian minority and handing it over to the unwashed masses. Which is it? I’m so confused.

  • John Pieret

    a lot of the ignorami there think it’s all about communism for some bizarre reason

    Probably for the same reason the ignorami in Congress added “In God We Trust” to our money and “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance during the Red Scare. Them dirty Commies are godless, so we have to show ’em we’re not. And since most of us is Christians, any attempt to rein in government endorsement of Christianity must be a plot by Commies to make us out to be godless.

    OK, it’s bizarre.

  • busterggi

    Newmax – when Fox News is too damned leftist.

  • alanb

    Now who can argue with that? I think we’re all indebted to Gabby Johnson Newsmax commenters for stating what needed to be said. I am particularly glad that these lovely children are here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic frontier right wing gibberish, it expressed the courage crazy little often seen in this day and age.

  • dan4

    Uh, I don’t think you have to be a real-life version of Sherlock Holmes to realize that first comment under the (supposed) examples of people claiming Hewett is not a “real” veteran is meant to be sarcastic.

  • Michael Heath

    RockyMt commenting at the linked Newsmax article:

    . . . a “so-called veteran” doesn’t like the Christian flag?

    James commenting at the linked Newsmax article:

    This guy is no Veteran, he’s an a$$hat…!

    Consider the combination of idiotic, hateful, delusion required to deny the fact that Steven Hewett is a veteran; even from the fallacious ‘no true Scotsman’ perspective. This behavior is consistent with conservative Christians falsely claiming fealty to the U.S. Constitution while being its most effective opponent.

    While it’s notable that Newsmax failed to inform its readers why the actions of King, NC were unconstitutional, those being inconvenient facts to its readers, mainstream news articles are also failing to inform their readers as to why Mr. Hewett is winning this fight.

  • Michael Heath

    busterggi writes:

    Newmax – when Fox News is too damned leftist.

    I think they’re equivalent. They do a lot of joint marketing and share “talent”. In meat-world, I’ve found the Fox News devotees frequently have Newsmax’s magazine featured as bathroom reading material.

    Some people in their seventies that I know who used to be moderate conservatives when they were working stiffs are now devotees of both. I doubt this plunging off the deep-end occurred as frequently with retirees prior to the rise of Fox News, AM conservative radio, conservative viral Emails, and conservative media on the Internet and other outlets.

  • Michael Heath

    dan4 writes:

    Uh, I don’t think you have to be a real-life version of Sherlock Holmes to realize that first comment under the (supposed) examples of people claiming Hewett is not a “real” veteran is meant to be sarcastic.

    Whoosh. If we measured how many whooshes each of us in this forum deserved, I’m confident there’d be no close seconds to you.

    Here I suggest boning-up on the ‘he’s no true Scotsman’ fallacy.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The ideal thing would be that Steven Hewitt simply disappears some day and is never heard from again. There is more than one way to solve a problem…It is what he deserves…

    The Kouachi brothers used to say similar things about infidels, and not long after the French government gave them a free pass, they went into action – twelve dead!

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/10/europe/kouachi-brothers-surveillance/

    I wonder if the person quoted above is getting a free pass from the American government.

    It’s like the domestic violence situation where I live. One person complains about death threats from their spouse and the police say, “We can’t do anything about mere threats, but don’t worry. If they kill you, we’ll check their alibi for sure.”

  • raven

    Newsmax – RationalWiki

    rationalwiki.org/wiki/Newsmax

    Nov 19, 2014 – Newsmax is a conservative Republican-oriented global news portal, whose website, Newsmax.com, has more than 13 million readers a month. It is run by wingnut hack and conspiracy theorist Christopher Ruddy

    Newsmax is a lunatic fringe site.

    It’s right up there with Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Breitbart, Fox NoNews, TruNews, and the dailycaller. While there are a lot of them, I suspect they share the same readership.

  • dan4

    @9 Maybe you should “bone up” on the fact that “(sarc)” is an obvious shorthand for “sarcasm”…which negates the claim by Ed that this comment was impugning Hewett’s status as a veteran.

  • John Pieret

    Michael Heath:

    While it’s notable that Newsmax failed to inform its readers why the actions of King, NC were unconstitutional, those being inconvenient facts to its readers, mainstream news articles are also failing to inform their readers as to why Mr. Hewett is winning this fight.

    Sadly, that’s true. I spent some time going through the media stories about this and almost all don’t get into the constitutional issues. Ironically, the one that comes the closest is from Christian News Network:

    http://christiannews.net/2015/01/10/north-carolina-city-agrees-to-remove-religious-veterans-memorial-due-to-legal-costs/

    At least it quotes Americans United and Hewett as to why the suit was brought:

    [T]he group Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS), led by Barry Lynn, an attorney and licensed “minister” in the United Church of Christ, …

    … note the scare quotes …

    … filed suit against the City of King on behalf of local Afghanistan war veteran Steven Hewitt. Lynn says that the memorial, which depicts a soldier kneeling before a cross, is unconstitutional. The site also features the Christian flag.

    “The United States Armed Forces are highly diverse,” he told the Stokes News. “To have a veterans’ memorial that only honors soldiers of one religion is not only a violation of the First Amendment, but also an insult to the memory of non-Christians who served their country.”

    “I proudly served alongside a diverse group of soldiers with a variety of different religious beliefs,” Hewitt added in a news release last November. “The City of King should be honoring everyone who served our country, not using their service as an excuse to promote a single religion.”

    The story also includes a quote from from a military historian hired by the city who concludes “Those who argue that this is an attempt to promote religion or one faith over another have simply taken the artist’s rendition out of its historical context and assumed things that the artist has not depicted,” without attempting to connect that claim with the constitutional argument. As I’ve said before, the cross appears to be a grave marker. If the city added, say, a Jewish, a Muslim and (just to be sure) an atheist grave marker to the statue, they almost certainly would have been able to keep it as a representation of a soldier mourning his comrades of all faiths and none.

  • John Pieret

    dan4:

    The next comment by that person (RockyMt) tends to negate your contention that he was being sarcastic in his use of “so-called veteran.” In response to a reply that said:

    Probably backed up by ACLU money or some Atheists group paying his bills. In other words he has been bought and paid for.

    RockyMt says:

    You are probably right. ACLU files lawsuits and gets paid by the government in spite of withdrawing them and have for years.I

    It seems an equally probable hypothesis that RockyMt just doesn’t know what the tag means and/or what sarcasm is.

    More importantly, numerous other people agree with that characterization of Hewlett so, if nothing else and despite RockyMt’s intent, his characterization is representative of the Newsmax readership.

  • gshelley

    Has Hewitt stated his religious beliefs? If not, it seems possible he is actually a Christian. Despite the automatic assumption of many that anyone who opposes Christian privilege must be an atheist

  • Al Dente

    Combat Action Badge

    It’s called the Combat Infantryman Badge.

  • Drew

    [Pedant]

    a lot of the ignorami there think it’s all about communism for some bizarre reason.

    I believe you’ll find that it’s ignoramuses.

    [/Pedant]

  • Kermit Sansoo

    dan4 says: @9 Maybe you should “bone up” on the fact that “(sarc)” is an obvious shorthand for “sarcasm”…which negates the claim by Ed that this comment was impugning Hewett’s status as a veteran.

    .

    These people are notoriously bad at word play. They do not understand metaphors, analogies, self-disparaging humor, sarcasm, and perhaps especially biblical quotes criticizing their own unseemly behavior. He likely established that (sarc) was used at the end of sentences in confrontational posts on the net and has been misreading and misusing it since.

  • David Eriksen

    Re: Al Dente @16

    The Combat Action Badge and the Combat Infantry Badge are different things (there’s also the Combat Medic Badge). Mr. Hewitt has the CAB according to American’s United.

  • Habakkuk Jehoshaphat

    Yet another obese liberal who thought he was funny had to become a religion baiter… I guess that’s why people of true faith are unified against the atheists, socialists, and fundamental muslims… Anyway, Mr. Fatass (Ed Brayton), your opinion column is rife with hypocrisy… First of all lets start with “major victory” against what? tolerance! Mr Hewett vs. Tolerance. Cowardice from city council defeats a long standing liberal bastion of tolerance!!! Proving once again that liberals are hypocrites of the highest order.

    “Saying such things should rescind someone’s right to vote” Wow! Freedom of speech anyone? Opinion anyone? What this proves is that tyrant fat asses like Mr. Brayton would like to eat your lunch…. I mean, excuse me, would like to shut you up unless you agree. At least soldiers will die for your freedoms (including speech they don’t agree with). Liberals are the biggest cowards and the city council of King, NC proves it.

    This is the first time I’ve read this blog, and probably the last… But it’s fun to read the words of self-appointed publishers who emulate the likes of Rachel Maddow, and the propaganda outfit known as MSNBC… Microsoft and NBC came up with a news agency that is ultra liberal back when it looked like those two companies would dominate their industries forever… Internet/Software giant, plus biggest television network equals …. wait for it… partner to big brother and the liberal succubus society they cater to…

    Imagine if just one soldier complained against the religion of atheism… the belief that there is no God… would we then have to put religious symbols all over this memorial? I think that fat ass Ed Brayton should walk some of those pounds off and post religious awareness posters all over King, NC… but that might offend one person somewhere…

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    ^ That’s a Poe, right? ^

    Or just stupid?