Man sues over alleged death prayers

Oct. 5, 2009 at 1:24 PM
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DALLAS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- An Air Force Academy alumnus who has denounced Christian proselytizing in the armed forces says he is suing a Dallas group for praying that he will die.

Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told Monday's Dallas Morning News he has filed suit against Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former U.S. Navy chaplain, and Jim Ammerman, the founder of the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches.

In the suit, Weinstein asks that they be ordered to "stop asking Jesus to plunder my fields … seize my assets, kill me and my family then wipe away our descendants for 10 generations."

Weinstein told the newspaper that since he began an effort to expose the extent of proselytizing at the Air Force Academy and within the U.S. armed forces, he has had a swastika painted on his New Mexico home and animal carcasses left on his doorstep.

"I never prayed for anyone's death," Klingenschmitt, 41, told the Morning News. "I never prayed for anyone's violence. All I did was quote the Scriptures."

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