Mikey Weinstein to Sue over Medal of Honor? (Video)
Last year Michael “Mikey” Weinstein threatened to sue the US Army because it exposed a group of Soldiers to a chaplain’s prayer, which the chaplain closed with
through Your holy name…
In response, Weinstein demanded the chaplain be disciplined and the Soldiers be given an apology. Weinstein threatened an “aggressive” Federal lawsuit (as opposed to a benign lawsuit, apparently) if the Army refused his demands.
To be clear, Weinstein was willing to sue because a chaplain said “through Your holy name” during a prayer to a group of Soldiers in an auditorium.
Based on events just this week, will Weinstein threaten to sue again?
On Monday, US Army Chief of Chaplains (MajGen) Donald Rutherford prayed in uniform and on national television — and, shockingly, closed with…”in Your holy name.” Just a few feet away stood President Barack Obama, Commander in Chief of the US armed forces, with his head bowed.
Will Weinstein threaten to sue over the same thing he found so abhorrent just last year?
When Mikey Weinstein threatened to sue the Army last year, it was probably the 20th such threat he’d made in just the past few years. It was also probably the 20th such time that, rather than filing the “aggressive” lawsuit he promised, he did absolutely nothing.
Given the long parade of threatened lawsuits Weinstein has left unfulfilled, it is likely he never believed he had a winnable case to begin with. Even in the rare instances when Weinstein did sue the military — the most recent was filed three years ago — the lawsuits were often stuffed full of unrelated claims from Weinstein that had nothing to do with his client’s case. When each suit was subsequently dismissed, Weinstein made similarly strident promises that he was going to file an appeal. Weinstein never did. Not once.
In each case, it appears Weinstein rode the wave of publicity as long as it would last — making fundraising appeals along the way — and then promptly dumped his “client” when the calls from the media stopped. Those clients were young enlisted US service members who took home less pay in an entire year than Weinstein did in just two months.
In other words, Weinstein appears to have been using these troops for their publicity value — which fed his fundraising — not serving these troops as an advocate for their cause. US Army SSgt Victoria Gettman, US Marine SSgt Dustin Chalker, Army PFC Jeremy Hall — they and more were enlisted troops who for a time were Weinstein’s pawns. Once their media value wore off, Weinstein’s support for their cases ended.
Which brings us back to Chaplain Rutherford’s prayer, which was given at former Army SSgt Ryan Pitts’ Medal of Honor ceremony. Weinstein won’t sue over the prayer not because of religious freedom, but because it would hurt his public relations efforts. Weinstein is already on the defensive from a Pyrrhic victory in March that has set back his “cause.” His “charitable” MRFF has also been reeling from the story — which has since gone viral — that Weinstein pays himself a quarter-million dollars per year from “charitable” donations — the same charity for which he uses US troops as fundraising props.
If Weinstein really believed that prayers at formal military events were the evil he claims — and the words “in Your holy name” were Christian code language — he would attack the Medal of Honor ceremony as vigorously as he has these other events. If Weinstein really believed in the cases of the “clients” he’s had, he would file those lawsuits and appeal their dismissal. Instead, Weinstein works little more than his mouth, and the bulk of the MRFF’s “charitable” benefits seem to go directly to him.
It would seem there’s only one thing Mikey Weinstein really believes in, and it has nothing to do with “religious freedom.”