PATHEOS – Actually, calling Mikey Weinstein an atheist IS Defamation!

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Recently there has been a media flurry surrounding Mikey Weinstein and theMilitary Religious Freedom Foundation. Megyn Kelly, of Fox News, along with James and Shirley Dobson went on a verbal assault of Mikey and MRFF.  Claiming that Mikey was an atheist (he’s not) and the MRFF was an atheist organization (it’s not) .

Now is this a problem? That all depends upon context.

‘Atheist’ is not defamation

Actually…

Before you can make an argument as to whether or not referring to someone as an atheist in the head of an atheist organization is defamation there needs to be discussion of what defamation really is – in the legal sense. Defamation is not merely one getting their feelings hurt. It is not . It doesn’t even mean that the statement in question is offensive. An untrue statement can be defamatory and not be offensive.That’s what many atheists are upset over. They think Mikey is offended by being called an atheist! It isn’t offensive to be called an atheist. It isn’t offensive to be an atheist organization…

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    2 Comments

    1. Mark J Schug

      Maybe if Weinstein and others found a useful mission to endeavor he and those at your organization could spend better time than even having to contemplate whether you’re offended…Frankly, I and I hope all others wish you the best personally but your organization is offensive. grind your personal axes on something worthwhile. You’re in a losing battle…and you will lose….

    2. Jason

      Uhm, not sure if you noticed, but he is actually winning the battle. I’m not sure how you can find this page offensive since it is just promoting the values that our founding father’s used to establish this great nation. I don’t understand how pushing for separation of church and state is offensive. Nobody is trying to deny anyone their right to worship as they see fit; just no religion should have special rights over any other religion. It’s basic American stuff. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison would more than likely be members on the board of this organization if they were alive today. Carry on Weinstein! You are a true American Patriot!

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