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Judge Throws Out Mikey Weinstein’s Frivolous Lawsuit Against Chaplain Klingenschmitt’s Imprecatory Prayers

DALLAS, April 3, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — On Monday 2 April 2012 in a Dallas courtroom, Texas Judge Martin Hoffman dismissed as frivolous a 2.5 year-old lawsuit filed by anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein, who had sued former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD for praying “imprecatory” prayers and quoting Psalm 109 in a public prayer to God still posted at prayinjesusname.org

Judge Hoffman verbally tossed all of Weinstein’s complaints “on the issue of causation,” (with a written decision forthcoming), and granted three defense motions to dismiss with summary judgment, filed last month by Klingenschmitt’s Christian attorney Stephen Casey, and co-defendants The Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches, and the late Apostle Elmer “Jim” Ammerman. 

Chaplain Klingenschmitt said: “Not only has the Judge completely vindicated my right to pray imprecatory prayers to God and quote Psalm 109 in my prayers, but his dismissal for lack of ‘causation’ means the Judge agreed my 2009 prayers did not actually cause Mikey’s feigned emotional distress, nor did they cause (as Mikey complained) unidentified strangers whom I’ve never met to miraculously time travel back to 2006 and vandalize Mikey’s lawn.” 

The Judge disagreed with Mikey’s claim of “causation,” including Mikey’s apparently deceptive claim in his original legal complaint (paragraph 26 here) that Klingenschmitt’s 2009 prayers had retroactively caused previous events in 2006 to 2008 including “shots being fired at their home, fires being set on their lawn, dead animals being left on their porch.” But under oath in depositions, both Mikey and Bonnie Weinsteinadmitted their own timeline was impossible

“I will now sue Mikey Weinstein for defamation, unless he immediately repents with a public, written apology, admitting he lied, both in court and on national radio,” said Klingenschmitt. “I may also sue or call as witnesses up to 1,000 bloggers who still today repeat Mikey’s defamation by associating ‘Klingenschmitt’ with ‘animal carcasses,’ since both his wife Mrs. Bonnie Weinstein and the Judge now confirm that Mikey lied.” 

In April 2009, after Mikey had publicly attacked the chaplain three times, Klingenschmitt simply quoted the Bible, Psalm 109, in a public prayer to God, saying “God Bless Mikey Weinstein,…plunder his fields and seize his assets…” The prayers never mentioned “death,” or “violence,” despite Mikey’s later embellishments, but now ironically Weinstein must pay four Christian lawyers for 2.5 years of work, and reimburse Klingenschmitt’s Christian ministry, the Rutherford Institute and the Alliance Defense Fund, an estimated six-figure dollar amount, not yet including potential damages for defamation. “God is answering my imprecatory prayers, and God is now seizing Mikey’s assets,” said the Chaplain.


About A. Nelson

Aaron is a freelance writer who is passionate about covering topics that interest Christian readers. From breaking news and inspirational stories to Bible studies, Aaron is committed to providing concise, well written, and relevant articles that will inspire and encourage Christians to search for a deeper connection in their faith and God.


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