The Hopper Response to Mikey Weinstein: Come to Dinner
LtCol Aaron Hopper is the husband of US Air Force Reserve Major Christina “Thumper” Hopper, the target of Mikey Weinstein’s attack this week claiming she was violating military regulations when she identified faith in God as her life motivation.
He personally responded to Mikey Weinstein on Wednesday…and invited him to dinner.
It remains to be seen whether Weinstein has the courage to meet the Hoppers in person after denigrating Christina from behind the keyboard. If nothing else, Aaron’s admirable response and noble offer may help some of Weinstein’s acolytes realize Weinstein’s targets are real human beings — not the faceless, one-dimensional criminals Weinstein generally makes them out to be.
The Hoppers invite Mikey Weinstein to dinner:
Mikey Weinstein, you have written that my wife could be accused of, “1st degree religious zealotry unbecoming of a military leader,” following a feature article written about her last week. Yet Christina has never pressured anyone in the ranks to listen, agree with, or accept any of her beliefs. She didn’t ask for an article to be written on her. She simply answers about what is important to her when asked. In the article last week, for example, she was responding honestly and simply to the question: “What drives you in life?” Her answer: “My faith in God”. Should she have lied for the sake of military decorum and separation of church/state?
Mr. Weinstein, if I read correctly, you have indicated that you are driven by past and unacceptable persecution of both yourself and your sons at the AF Academy for being Jewish. For that persecution, I am deeply pained – it is not Christ-like. Christina was herself the target of racism when younger. But the sad irony is that Christina and I have great and deep respect for Judaism and Jews, we have immediate family members who are Jewish and living in Israel, and our Christian faith has grown tremendously as a result of our study of the Jewish roots and Hebraic background of Christ and Christianity.
I would like to invite you to visit us at Vance Air Force Base. Just as we would for any friend, we will give you a tour, take you to the simulator, and buy you dinner. You will find, I think, that we have a tremendous and diverse group of military professionals who believe many different things, share those things with each other without pressure or bigotry, and work together for a common purpose without slandering one another online.
What do you think, Mr. Weinstein. Will you visit us?