by Chris Rodda, MRFF Senior Research Director
Selected Article Excerpt:
As we all know, there are some people out there who are just so completely obsessed with promoting their “Christian” message that nothing is off limits for them. There are, of course, a lot of these anything-but-Christlike-Christians out there, but one of the worst examples I’ve ever encountered is Air Force Major Jonathan C. Dowty (a.k.a. the “Christian Fighter Pilot”). Although calling his Christian Fighter Pilot blog his “ministry,” Maj. Dowty doesn’t actually write much about his religion there. His “ministry” is primarily a forum for his obsessive ranting about certain issues and certain people, and the person he is the most obsessed with by far is Mikey Weinstein, the founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF).
Since starting his “ministry” in 2006, Maj. Dowty has written an astounding number of posts about Mikey and MRFF, and the frequency of these posts has been escalating in the past few years. A staggering 432 of the posts on Maj. Dowty’s blog are tagged “Mikey Weinstein” and/or “MRFF.” In the past year alone, he has written 172 posts tagged with Mikey’s name. And these aren’t short posts. Many are in excess of a thousand words with numerous links (usually to his own previous posts), and obviously take him considerable time to write. Many of these posts attack Mikey personally; others are about things that MRFF has done; and some are about things that really have nothing to do with Mikey or MRFF, but Maj. Dowty finds ways to somehow work Mikey into them anyway. But, even given his disturbing obsession with all things Mikey Weinstein, I really didn’t think even the disturbingly obsessed Maj. Dowty would sink as low as he did last week.