I guess people got a little heated over the removal of some plastic figurines from Shaw AF Base.
Of course…Fox News ran with this story and Todd Starnes in all his brilliance made some “phone calls” to discover that removing the nativity display aboard Shaw AF Base was actually unconstitutional. Is this where I get to – “lol, smiley face”? Starnes is always good for a laugh. Shortly after his puff piece was published online I received an email from someone who apparently reposted Starnes puff piece with one added sentence – that Mikey and I are ‘self-identified’ enemies of the Republic. It’s always good to have fans…smh
Speaking of fans..
I got my first hate mail.
From: “Paul and Xxxxx Xxxxxxxxx” <email@example.com>
Date: December 9, 2013 at 3:41:05 PM EST
Subject:Shaw Air Force BaseMs Weinstein,As I think Mikey Weinstein is your husband and you probably know Paul Loebe please give them a msg for me: grow up you little pissants. Glad I never served with cry babies like you when I was in the service. I do not give a monkey’s ass what a persons religious affiliation is or is not, freaks like you who cannot just leave things alone and must pound the table like you have PMS do nothing to make anything better. So what if you are godless, I couldn’t care less and if you want to put up a godless display go ahead, most rational human beings wouldn’t give a crap unless they were insensitive, arrogant, childish, intolerant, histrionically challenged individuals like yourselves. Your actions do nothing but sow division and acrimony. IDIOTS!Paul Xxxxxxxxx
I’m sorry to hear that your oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution” was not something you took serious. When I made that oath I meant it! It was something that I took to heart. In my time in service I have ensured that any Constitutional infraction that I witnessed was corrected both in uniform, whether it having been in both the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan in which I proudly served, or back here in the great United States of America. The Establishment Clause of our dear Constitution clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” and all Department of Defense regulations are required to follow that edict. I am sorry that you have been unable or unwilling to follow the historical precedent set forth in case law whether it be from Everson vs. Board of Education, Abbington vs Schemmp, or Epperson vs. Arkansas. Those cases are just the tip of the iceberg and I do sincerely hope you pull your head out of the sand, research what small amount of information I have provided you, and understand that all branches of the government are required to remain secular.
No one here at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation cares in the least what type of worship a person performs in their home, church, or chapel. But when you attempt to subjugate the government and enforce your religious will upon it I will be there, ready to face you. I have sworn my life to defend the Constitution and I will do everything in my power to see that it remains intact beyond my own short years.
Special Projects Manager
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
*Disclaimer: Although I am a Marine Sergeant my views do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense, U.S. Marine Corps, or any affiliated branches.*