Harassed by Mikey Weinstein, Part 7: You’re Being Watched
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein has demonstrated an obsession with ChristianFighterPilot.com — at least, insomuch as he wants to lodge complaints about this site mere minutes after content is published.
Presumably, the time he spends monitoring this site is part of the reason Mikey Weinstein has paid himself nearly $1.95 million to date from the donations his charity receives. It turns out, though, that he’s not the only one he drags into rapid-response.
It seems Mikey Weinstein has had his lawyer, Randy Mathis, on speed-dial. On 30 August 2011, an article was posted here entitled “Military Atheists Miss the Mark with Chaplain “Humor”“. The article discussed the “first act” of then-US Army Sergeant Justin Griffith, who had just become “military director” for American Atheists.
For his opening volley, Griffith had chosen to denigrate US military chaplains and their service — and sacrifice — to their country. The article rebutted his claims — noting, for example, that multiple chaplains had received the Medal of Honor.
Mikey didn’t like it.
The Air Force soon received a letter from Randy Mathis. Not just soon, but the same day [emphasis added]:
Earlier this morning, it was called to my attention [redacted] amazingly, has made another posting concerning Staff Sgt. Justin Griffith (a Foundation client)…
This further posting today appears egregiously inappropriate.
There have been several instances in which Weinstein has picked up the red phone for his lawyer — the most likely cause has been his rage and bruised ego. This time was different. As you’ll remember, Weinstein had long ago given up on his lawsuit against ChristianFighterPilot.com and had begun lodging complaints with the Air Force. The Air Force had responded — and Weinstein sensed blood in the water.
He hadn’t yet become a spam-bot — that would come later — rather, because the Air Force had seemed responsive to him, Mikey Weinstein was lodging complaints about every blessed thing he could think of in the hopes that something would hit the mark.
Weinstein had his lawyer copy the letter addressed to Gen Robert Nolan to
- Gen Garrett Harencak, commander at Kirtland AFB;
- Gen William Lord, the Air Force CIO;
- Gen Richard Harding, the Air Force’s JAG;
- Gen Donald Hoffman, Commander of AFMC;
- and, of course, then-Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen Norton Schwartz.
(It’s worth noting Weinstein claimed special relationships with four of the five names on that list. Weinstein’s daughter had worked in Gen Harencak’s office and Weinstein had a “close personal…relationship” with Gen Harencak. Gen Lord would “come out” as Mikey Weinstein’s ally almost immediately after his retirement in 2012. Gen Harding met with Weinstein personally and was, willfully or not, the point of contact for Weinstein in the CSAF’s office. Weinstein’s relationship with Gen Schwartz has been extensively documented. It would seem Weinstein was stacking the deck with “inside men” in his attempts to have his complaints heard.)
In this case, Weinstein’s tool was SSgt Griffith, who had a fairly long history of atheist activism and was, at that time, in the middle of working on an atheist “festival” to counter a Billy Graham event that had occurred earlier on Fort Bragg.
As you can read at the original post — which is, of course, still online — there is nothing “egregiously inappropriate” about it. Griffith publicly made incorrect statements about the military. Said statements were rebutted. The worst thing said about Griffith was that he was “wrong.”
Even so, because the Air Force had seemed responsive to his complaints, Weinstein picked up the hotline to his lawyer and had him fire off a legal complaint the very day the article went up. You almost have to feel sorry for Randy Mathis, though he’s presumably well paid by Weinstein’s “charity” for his on-call status to every Weinstein whim.
There was nothing in that article that was noteworthy; but by sending an ominous legal letter with pleading words in it, Weinstein presumably hoped to do…something — and do it right now.
The point, though, is that Mikey Weinstein is obsessed — and you’re being watched.
You can read the 2-page somewhat-amusing letter here.
As a side note, whatever happened to Justin Griffith, the Army Sergeant the MRFF was so keen on defending? He’s long since gone. Rock Beyond Belief is defunct, the position of “military director” at American Atheists no longer exists, and the principles the MRFF claimed it was defending have long since been forgotten.
As with so many of Mikey Weinstein’s famous “clients,” once he’s drained them of their fundraising potential, Mikey Weinstein simply discards them.
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.