MRFF Stalwart & 1985 USAFA Grad Refutes “Christian Fighter Pilot” Blog

Lt Col Dowty –

In your seemingly irrational zeal to take any opportunity to disparage Mikey Weinstein and the MRFF (which I actively support, as you know), you’ve stepped in it this time (or perhaps, again). Your ignoble claim of a supposed error in Robert Eye’s letter to Capt Pfeifle is flat wrong. But I happen to agree that there is no need to “crack out your high school American government books” on this one – it’s much simpler to use Google, which in a matter of mere seconds presents a raft of information and evidence to show that your attack is as preposterous and misinformed as it is defamatory.

Ironically, one of the links in your own article actually provides information that disproves your breathless accusation – but my guess is that you were in such a hurry to start throwing rocks that you did not bother to read the entire piece. If you had, you would have learned that US courts have, for a considerable time now, recognized the applicability of the 5th Amendment to “protecting those rights so fundamental as to be ‘implicit’ in the concept of ordered liberty.” Without question, religious freedom is one of those rights.

And had you made even a modicum of effort to become marginally informed on the topic, rather than gleefully yet ignorantly casting aspersions, you might also have learned of the relationship between the 14th Amendment and the 5th Amendment. Namely, the former was adopted during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, with the primary intent of ensuring that the former Confederate states would enforce the requirements of the US Constitution. The latter, on the other hand, has long been applied to equal protection issues at the federal, rather than the state, level… as well as being a link between equal protection and due process, as I have already noted.

But if you don’t want to hear it from me, you can also get some much-needed schooling from Ed Brayton, who has posted the following refutation of your most recent silliness —-

So what does all of this mean?

It means that you owe a big, heartfelt apology to both Robert Eye and Mikey Weinstein for your unwarranted charge. I’m assuming, of course, that it was in fact an honest (though entirely preventable) error, and was not done with foreknowledge that what you claimed was untrue. I guess the evidence of which is the case will be revealed in whether or not you make any effort to admit your error and apologize for unfairly besmirching these two men.

What say you?


Mike Challman
Christian, USAF veteran, MRFF supporter
(and staunch proponent of truth, fairness, and honor)

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1 Comment

  1. jameschamberlain

    I understand Mikey Wienstein is an atheist. To me that is like putting a corpse in the pilot seat of an airplane. How can he know anything about religious freedom when HE HAS NONE!

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