Weinstein gets one-word response from AFA over anti-Christian map

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

An atheist is threatening to sue the American Family Association if his name is not removed from the organization's new anti-Christian bigotry map. The head of the AFA, meanwhile, has responded.

Mikey Weinstein contacted the American Family Association via a letter and demanded that the organization remove his New Mexico-based Military Religious Freedom Foundation from the map (see below). Wildmon's official one-word response to Weinstein was: "No."

AFA's anti-Christian bigotry map"We're not going to remove him," says Ed Vitagliano, executive vice president of the Mississippi-based ministry. "His language clearly speaks for itself. We have simply stated what is obvious and that is that Mikey has just a deep seated hatred for Christianity."

Vitagliano reminds OneNewsNow that Weinstein uses "the most virulent kind of language" to describe people of faith.

Vitagliano

"Calling Christians 'monsters' and saying that Christians in the military are just an absolute stench like 10,000 rotting pig carcasses," Vitagliano points out.

Weinstein has bragged about quick actions by the U.S. military when he calls to complain of religious activities in the armed forces. He most recently complained when an Air Force public affairs officer wrote and published a story about a sergeant's Christmas-time mission trip to Mexico.  

Weinstein convinced the Air Force, which later found no wrongdoing, to investigate the incident.  

AFA has accused of Weinstein of forcing the U.S. Air Force to drop the Christmas-time ministry "Operation Christmas Child" at the Air Force Academy, where a cadet's Bible verse was removed from his whiteboard outside his dorm after Weinstein and others complained. 

While Weinstein has bragged about his "victories" to quash religious expression, OneNewsNow has reported that his crass statements also drew the attention of Congress during a 2014 hearing on religious freedom.

U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes confronted Weinstein last fall (see video below) about a quote in The Washington Post in which the atheist said he created his organization to be a "weapon" that would "lay down a withering field of fire and leave sucking chest wounds."

"Was that an accurate quote?" Forbes asked.

"I want to make it very clear," Weinstein answered, "that we realize what we're facing is a tsunami of fundamentalist Christian-"

"Did you make that quote or not?" Forbes asked again, to which the atheist repeated his earlier statement.

Finally, Weinstein answered the question. "Yes, of course I said those words…and proudly."

Forbes then asked Weinstein about a second quote  in which Weinstein described evangelical Christians in uniform as "well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters" who terrorize other military service members with a "weaponized and twisted" version of Christianity.

"Did you make that quote?" Forbes asked the atheist. 

"I did," Weinstein answered.

An extensive report on Weinstein's complaint about the AFA map is posted on blog website christianfighterpilot.com, which notes that Weinstein has defended the controversial "hate map" of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

AFA and other groups that complain about the "hate map," Weinstein once wrote, "raise a deafening hue and disingenuously bellow mournfully like the cowards they are."

The website suggests Weinstein has a "delicate disposition" if he can accuse the AFA of being cowards while complaining when the tables are turned on him. 

Vitagliano suggests that Weinstein would rather have Christianity restricted to churches - or not exist at all.

"That, to us, is the very definition of anti-Christian bigotry," the AFA spokesman says. 


Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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