Selected Article Excerpts:
- A military reunion is supposed to be a joyous event.It’s a time to reconnect, celebrate friendships and savor camaraderie.But Mikey Weinstein fears a different experience when the Air Force Academy Class of 1977 holds its 35th reunion in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Oct. 24. “To some in the room, I’ll be as welcome as a tarantula on a wedding cake,” Weinstein told me in an Oct. 15 telephone interview.
- Weinstein and his wife, Bonnie, have received hate mail calling on them to stay away from the reunion. “You shame our class and our alma mater,” reads an email from a self-described classmate who tells Weinstein, “You have the hell-spirit of the devil within you.”
- The email contains some threatening language that is too vile for this newspaper. The person who wrote it was too cowardly to sign his name. It reflects an extreme religious view — underline the word “extreme” — that Weinstein said is too influential in the Air Force. He believes people ought to hold any religious belief they want but should avoid inflicting it on others.
- Weinstein’s fiery indignation can be a turnoff to even his strongest supporters. Some believe he is exaggerating the threat of religious zealotry. Still, Weinstein is right to want religion and preaching kept out of the military workplace.He deserves support from classmates and from all of us.