Gay Rights in Military

Hi Mikey
I am pleased that the fundamentalist accusation that you are “a longtime pro-homosexual activist’ is “a homage and badge” that you gladly wear with pride. These bigots need to be confronted.

I only wish you had said the same words when your bigoted fundamentalist foes accused you of being an Atheist! As I recollect, you regarded that as a slander and went to considerable lengths to refute it.

Since neither claim was true, why is one “a homage and a badge” you would gladly wear with pride and the other a smear on your reputation?

Just wondering, my friend.
Regards

(name withheld)


 

Dear (name withheld),

Mikey is a busy at the moment and has forwarded your message to me to reply.

As a member of the Secular Humanist Society, I’m fairly confident you would consider yourself a skeptic.  I recognize that there is a conflict surrounding what titles various forms of skeptics choose to use to describe themselves.  Some are atheist, humanist, agnostic, heathen, anti-theist, and more.  Each has its own distinct meaning and connotation.  Mikey is a skeptic, for sure. He doesn’t see enough evidence to align his beliefs with any particular religion.  He is not, however, an atheist because he doesn’t see enough evidence to affirm that there are no gods.  He is agnostic.  Because of that, he rightfully denied being an atheist, not because to be one (like myself) is in his view a bad thing, but to call him one would be false.

Now, he is an advocate for atheist rights, as well as Muslim rights, Jewish rights, Wiccan rights, and gay rights.  That doesn’t make him atheist, Muslim, Jewish, Wiccan, or gay.  Publicly giving him any of those titles with an intent to damage his reputation would be slanderous.  Is he an atheist rights advocate? Yes!  An atheist though?  No.  Is he a gay rights advocate?  Yes!  Is he gay? No.

I hope this clears things up for you.  If you have any more questions I’d be happy to hear them.

Cheers,

Blake A. Page
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Special Assistant to the President
Director of US Army Affairs


Hi (name withheld),

Thank you for your message. As the Atheist Affairs Advisor for MRFF I fielded a lot of questions about that comment back when it occurred. I wrote the following email in response to one such comment, and it addresses the issue from our perspective. I’d ask you to please read this to understand why it was both false and defamatory:

http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2014/05/dustin-chalker-mrff-atheist-affairs-advisor-from-one-atheist-to-another-calling-mikey-weinstein-an-atheist-is-defamation/

Please also note that the accusation in this instance was being a “pro-homosexual activist” (a true statement) and not being a homosexual (which would be an incorrect statement). In the previous situation, Mikey was accused of being an atheist (a false statement), not a “pro-atheist activist” (which is more truthful, though Mikey does not favor atheists over anyone else in the defense of secularism and fairness).

Regards,

Dustin Chalker

MRFF Atheist Affairs Advisor

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