Suit by Ex-White House Lawyer Says Prayers Incite Violence Against Him
October 15, 2009
Debra Cassens Weiss — ABA Journal
A lawyer who challenged a foundation’s right to endorse military chaplains claims in a lawsuit that representatives of the organization are inciting violence against him through their prayers.
Lawyer Michael Weinstein and his wife, Bonnie, claim in the suit that they want Gordon Klingenschmitt to “stop asking Jesus to plunder my fields … seize my assets, kill me and my family then wipe away our descendants for 10 generations,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
The suit (PDF posted by Texas Lawyer) also says Klingenschmitt and Jim Ammerman are encouraging others to engage in similar conduct. Ammerman is founder of the Dallas-based Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches, the group Weinstein opposed.
Weinstein is a former military lawyer who served in the Reagan White House and was general counsel for Ross Perot.
Klingenschmitt denied praying for violence in interviews with both publications. He told Texas Lawyer he merely quoted scripture that said “Let his days be few” and “Let his posterity be cut off.”