Mikey Weinstein Belittles, then Speaks at Georgia School
Update: The recent articles reference complaints filed this past summer by UNG’s “Students for Secular Freedom.” For background, Cadet David Gormley started a Change.org petition on April 27th calling for “Remov[ing] Christian Prayers From School Sponsored Events.” This was apparently the day of UNG’s Memorial Retreat, according to a video uploaded to YouTube by Gormley but attributed to another student, Saara Wintersgill. (Wintersgill is credited on another video from another ceremony the same weekend.) UNG’s SSF subsequently advertised the petition on Reddit, saying a “U.S. Public College Forces Sectarian Prayer on Cadets.” An atheist posting of the controversy in April generated some interesting comments on both sides of the debate. The SSF apparently has crossover with UNG’s “Skeptics Society,” for which Gormley and Wintersgill are listed as officers. Wintersgill has previously published articles at the student paper on the activities of her group.
Cadet Daniel Holder of the University of North Georgia — “the military college of Georgia” — apparently objected to prayers offered at school events. After being “ignored” by the school, he called Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s MRFF. Weinstein promptly wrote a letter (PDF) to the school, accusing UNG of violating the Constitution and being “Christian supremacists” [emphasis added]:
UNG’s brazen contempt of our Constitution is undeniable…This state sponsored organization [the cadet chaplain corps] is a Christian Supremacist group…
Until the day comes that the United States chooses to follow the shining examples of Saudi Arabia, the Taliban, and the Holy Roman Empire, your organization does not have the right to require your diverse student body to bow to the god of your choosing or celebrate your chosen religion above all others.
In a new twist to the same old tale, after venting his vitriol toward the school and its leadership, Weinstein didn’t threaten to sue. He asked for a “face to face” (to avoid “the courts of law and public opinion”).
He got the invite and spoke on August 18th.
The school did not respond to Weinstein’s demands, but said it is “taking Weinstein under advisement.”