Harassed by Mikey Weinstein, Part 5: You’ve Got (Lots of) eMail
While Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s lawyers weakly threatened this site with a lawsuit in 2009, the “conversation” with Mikey actually began more than two years earlier. It turns out, in fact, that Mikey Weinstein can actually come across as an OK kind of guy — so long as he agrees with your ideology.
In December 2007 — almost exactly 9 years ago — Mikey Weinstein responded to an email that rebutted a recent MRFF press release with the following missive:
The random capitalization and punctuation (as well as his inability to release the period key on the keyboard) often make Mikey Weinstein’s emails seem as though they belong in his wife’s book about poor grammar and hate mail. That aside, while he was being a bit arrogant and obnoxious, it was still relatively light-hearted.
That changed a few hours later.
In the email cited above, Weinstein had said
your founding of the “Christian Fighter Pilots Association” must bring great pride and joy to you, eh??!!…….
to which the response was
I did not found such an organization, nor am I aware of the existence of one. If you are, please let me know. Sounds interesting.
After that, the email exchange continued for a few hours, with these emails fading into the reply column, when suddenly Weinstein seemed to have an epiphany:
Something clearly changed in Weinstein’s tone. The content of his email indicates he or his assistant Chris Rodda had apparently (and poorly) tried to do some background research on his newfound pen pal — and he didn’t like what he’d found.
In response, Mikey Weinstein brought the hate — and even longer ellipses:
Not long after, however, Weinstein seemed to reconsider — and he sent the only known apology to ever come from Michael “Mikey” Weinstein:
A few months later, though, Weinstein cooked off again, this time demanding personal identifying information at the end of a virtual wall of text [formatting original, emphasis added]:
(That email contains one of Mikey Weinstein’s best quotes:
we’ve put our money and veracity where our mouths are: in Federal Court…..
For the record, Mikey Weinstein was tossed out of that Federal Court, apparently meaning he’d lost his money — and his veracity. As a result, Weinstein hasn’t been willing to “put his money where his mouth is” for years. Now, he keeps a large part of that money for himself.)
For those that know Mikey Weinstein, they’ll recognize something else in this diarrhea of the mouth besides the bad grammar, poor spelling, and incomprehensible logic: projection:
No one had participated in ad hominem against Mikey Weinstein; in fact, he was the one doing so even in this very email — yet he accused others of doing so. No one attacked his family or their faith — yet he had done the very same to others in that very email. No one was “hiding” behind a keyboard — a tactic the “keyboard commando” Mikey Weinstein uses even today. (On that last point, Weinstein’s tantrums were somewhat amusing because he was so contorted demanding a name he not only already had, but one he had also used in addressing prior emails.)
The emails continued in that vein for nearly a month, with Weinstein’s typical threats, name-calling, and generally obnoxious behavior throughout. It would seem Mikey Weinstein was unaccustomed to someone not immediately kowtowing to his superior…ellipses?
After that last email, Weinstein finally went silent, allowing his acolytes to take his stead in the direct correspondence for more than a year.
In August of 2009, however, Weinstein’s habit of sharing emails within his group backfired, as an email intended for internal distribution was accidentally sent to ChristianFighterPilot.com.
That began another exchange with Weinstein, which resulted in this threat (including a reference to his SAT scores!):
By November, Weinstein was apparently finally convinced that his long running effort of intimidation and email threats had failed. The lowly website with “only 3” readers refused to fold under his threats, and Chris Rodda would later confess the “tiny blog” was beginning to have an effect. Thus, Mikey Weinstein’s poorly formatted, grammar and spelling-challenged emails were replaced by letters from his lawyer — letters that were ultimately as weak-willed as his own emails.
So while the harassment became, in Mikey Weinstein’s words, a “different type of confrontation,” it was ultimately still just harassment.
To be fair, most of these emails were received in an email exchange — and receiving an email after you’ve sent one can hardly be considered harassment. Rather, it is the content of Mikey Weinstein’s diatribes that defied expectations of common decency and degraded into harassment. Weinstein’s missives are filled with personal invective, ad hominem, intimidation, thinly veiled threats of “confrontation,” denigration of family, creed, and character, accusations of criminal conduct, etc — none of which, by the way, was either warranted or returned in kind. The “hate speech” flowed only in one direction.
Mikey Weinstein is one hate-filled grandpa.
If nothing else, these emails show Mikey Weinstein has a pretty big mouth — and he’s not afraid to use it. These days, though, Weinstein is more likely to start with his lawyer, but the effect is the same: If someone should have the gall to critique or counter his vapid arguments, Mikey Weinstein does little more than call people names, attack their character, and demand their capitulation — under thinly veiled threat of lawsuits and financial ruin.
You’ll note, though, that nowhere within those spittle-flinging diatribes does Weinstein actually rebut the critique made of his argument, nor does he defend his stated position — likely because he knows he can’t. Instead, Weinstein simply attacks any person who would oppose him.
When the truth reveals Mikey Weinstein’s error, he attempts to silence the truth.
If ChristianFighterPilot.com is any measure, Mikey Weinstein’s efforts have failed.
Note: For those who may wonder about the context of the Mikey Weinstein emails copied above, you can find the entire email chains (separated by subject line) below. The only edits were to redact non-public information. As with any email chain, read from the bottom up.
There are two separate chains of “MRFF vs CCC” because of Mikey Weinstein’s epiphany described above, which caused him to go back and reply to an earlier email and start another conversation. Enjoy:
MRFF vs CCC (chain 1)
MRFF vs CCC (chain 2)
About This Series
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s lawyers once claimed ChristianFighterPilot.com was “obsessive” about Weinstein and his MRFF. Naturally, ChristianFighterPilot.com is about military religious freedom — and it is surely relevant when Mikey Weinstein, a public figure, makes a living by publicly attacking religious liberty, as he so frequently does.
On the contrary, Mikey Weinstein is “obsessive” with a few individual US troops, veterans, and even a couple of civilians — most of whom are private citizens unknown to any outside their circle of friends. Weinstein and those associated with his MRFF have attacked them, their employers, their families — sometimes even their children — in ongoing campaigns of harassment that have sometimes spanned years.
This series will document Mikey Weinstein’s history of harassment — in his own words, with his own formatting, filled with his own invective.