Skip to comments.16-year-old faces threats after challenging Michele Bachmann to a debate [May 20, 2011]
Posted on 05/28/2011 8:26:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A 16-year-old high school student says she is facing online threats after calling into question Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's knowledge of the Constitution.
What started as a harmless -- if cheeky -- way of pointing out Bachmann's historical mistakes has turned darker for New Jersey high school sophomore Amy Meyers, the Courier Post Online reports.
Last month, Meyers posted an open letter online challenging Bachmann to a constitutional debate.
"I have found quite a few of your statements regarding the Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted," Myers wrote. "As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere."
Several media outlets reported on Myers' challenge. As a result, she said, people have threatened violence against her and threatened to publish her address online, the Courier Post reports. Myers' high school has also reprotedly received inquiries regarding Myers' letter.
"A lot of them are calling me a whore," Myers said of the online remarks against her. Added her father Wayne Myers: "I personally did not think there would be a reaction like actual stalking and the vitriol that's coming out."
Myers has also seen a good deal of positive feedback online. Bachmann's office has said it would not respond to the debate challenge.
As leader of the House Tea Party Caucus, Bachmann has expressed an unwavering commitment to the Constitution, even organizing classes on the Constitution for members of Congress. She's used her platform as a Tea Party leader to build a national profile and may soon enter the race
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Its gotta suck for Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. All she wants to do is go around the country trumping up support for a presidential run by making a bunch of unsubstantiated assertions disconnected from reality.
we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States men like John Quincy Adams... would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.
Quite often, she gets away with saying stuff like this. But lately some meddling kids have been calling her out, asking her to back up her assertions with actual evidence.
Last month, a New Jersey high school student challenged Bachmann to a debate about the US Constitution. Ann Myers said the congresswoman frequently distorts facts about the document and the Founding Fathers. In response, commenters on tea party web sites started making threats of violence against the student for having the audacity to question Bachmann.
The 16-year-old Myers says that some commenters have called her “a whore.”
Bachmann has not responded to the challenge, nor has she issued a statement condemning the threats.
This week, 17-year-old Baton Rouge high school student Zack Kopplin called on Bachmann to back up her statement from 2006 in which she said lots of Nobel Prize winners support intelligent design.
Exhibit B: “There is a controversy among scientists about whether evolution is a fact hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel prizes, believe in intelligent design.”
Kopplin is leading a charge to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, an anti-evolution law that would sneak the teaching of creationism into science class. I’ve analyzed the purpose of the law here.
What’s really cool about Kopplins campaign is that he has lined up support for the repeal from 43 Nobel Laureates.
So Kopplin, in an open letter on his web site Wednesday, basically said, “I’ve shown mine, now you, Congresswoman Bachmann, show me yours.”
Does Congresswoman Bachmann really think the public will fall for her sleight of hand and believe she has Nobel Laureate scientists who support these unscientific theories?
Congresswoman Bachmann, I see your “hundreds” of scientists, and raise you millions of scientists.
For the next hand, I raise you 43 Nobel Laureate scientists. That’s right: 43 Nobel Laureate scientists have endorsed our effort to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law.
Major science organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which represents over 10 million scientists, have publicly endorsed the repeal.
Congresswoman Bachmann, you claim that Nobel Laureates support creationism. Show me your hand. If you want to be taken seriously by voters while you run for President, back up your claims with facts. Can you match 43 Nobel Laureates, or do you fold?
Kopplin is testifying before Louisiana lawmakers today urging them to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.
Democrats, using a child to attack.
Translation: since she's not yipee and yahoo for abortion she's anti-woman.
Um...unless I learned wrong, JQA was strongly opposed to slavery...I am not sure what is incorrect about her statement.
The Nobel Prize winner thing is weird though...and I really hate the whole crevo debate anyway.
Plus they’re desperately trying to keep this non story alive.
Hell I challenge Obama to a foreign policy debate. Where’s my media coverage?
Bachman really needs to get the facts right or shut up. I like her stance on many issues but everything we say is subject to microscopic analysis. A liberal can get away with slinging BS but we can’t.
I believe many Nobel Laureates do believe in Intelligent Design. Mother Theresa for one (Yes, she got it for Peace, but maybe that’s just more proof she’s got it right).
However, I also believe none of them would want to come out and say it, because they know they would be CRUCIFIED by the intellectual establishment. See the movie EXpelled.
>> “A lot of them are calling me a whore,” Myers said
Clearly offensive, and unnecessary. Ironically, Myers criticism of Bachmann is based in sexism.
RE: A lot of them are calling me a whore
Who are these “them” Myers is referring to ?
Who knows if the reports of abuse are legit. We do know, however, that Myers holds Bachmann to a set of standards based on gender which is pure, ‘unadulterated’ bigotry.
In New Jersey? I find this very hard to believe.
I remember that Rush challenged Obama to a debate and the media didn’t mention it.
When you're done, my seven-year-old will challenge him to a 'how-many-states-are-there-in-the-US' debate.
Obama promised to rebuild America’s standing in the world and looks like he’s going to leave us with fewer allies than we’ve had since prior to WWI.
Several media outlets reported on Myers' challenge.
A 16-year-old from New Jersey posts an inane challenge to a congresswoman from another state, and "several" media outlets find it NEWSWORTHY? I challenge my own congresscritters all the time, and nobody ever thinks that's newsworthy.