Monday, December 1, 2014

Updates on Mikey, Klingenschmitt

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

We've reported for many years on Mikey Weinstein and his campaign to uphold the U.S. Constitution's ban against government-sponsored religion in the military.

He's written a couple of books about his exploits, and now his wife, Bonnie, has come out with a book as well. The book is actually a compendium of hate mail she and her family have received due to Mikey's activities. The book is being promoted with billboards, like this one pictured below in California.

The sign was rejected by two billboard companies, Weinstein tells us, as being too inflammatory and vulgar, but a mobile billboard service agreed to display it.

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Static billboards were also purchased that carry the same image of Bonnie Weinstein with the words: "What in God's name is happening?"

Speaking of Weinstein's exploits, last week, his attorney sent a letter to Gordon Klingenschmitt recently asking him to stop praying for Weinstein's and his family's demise as he has in the past, which gave rise to a federal lawsuit. That case was dismissed, because Weinstein couldn't prove that the prayers were directly tied to some of the threats and attacks on his home, such as when someone scrawled a swastika on his home. Then, Klingenschmitt sued Weinstein for defamation. That case is pending, which gave rise to this letter on Nov. 19:

Pretty interesting that Klingenschmitt now is complaining of getting threats against him. As reported by the Gazette earlier this month: "Maybe that includes me. Maybe I need to tone down my rhetoric, but there have been liberals who throw rhetoric at people of faith and I think are stirring up these crazy people on the left. They are inciting violence."

Speaking of Klingenschmitt, who was recently elected to a House District seat from El Paso County, he lost his case last week with the Court of Federal Claims in which he was seeking full pension benefits.

Klingenschmitt has claimed he was court martialed for praying in Jesus' name, but in reality, the court ruled, he actually was punished for wearing his uniform to a political event in violation of a direct order not to do so. As the court ruled:
The Order did not limit Dr. Klingenschmitt’s right to engage in any religious practices (including presenting an opening prayer at the event or invoking the name of Jesus in his prayer). It simply prohibited Dr. Klingenschmitt from engaging in this activity while wearing his uniform at what was clearly a political event and not, as Dr. Klingenschmitt seems to suggest, a bona fide religious service.
In the way of background:
Klingenschmitt graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1991 and served in the Air Force for 11 years before becoming a Navy chaplain in 2002. In 2006, he was found guilty of disobeying an order by wearing his uniform to a political protest at the White House in March 2006, according to the Washington Post. Simultaneous to that, Naval officials recommended his "involuntary release" from the Navy "due to lack of career potential," the Post reported at the time. The New York Times reported in March 2007 that he had been honorably discharged. A letter from the Judge Advocate General's Corp. to Klingenschmitt barred his "access onto all military installations within Navy Region Mid-Atlantic" after Jan. 31, 2007, according to Klingenschmitt has been quoted widely that his discharge after 16 years cost him a "million dollar pension."

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