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Brad Pitt’s mother writes letter to an opinion article in the Springfield News Leader and gets slammed into fearful silence, due to alleged death threats

Brad Pitt’s mother writes letter to an opinion article in the Springfield News Leader and gets slammed into fearful silence, due to alleged death threats

Brad Pitt’s mother, from Springfield Missouri, wrote a letter in response to an opinion article in the Springfield News Leader (SNL) and as a result, she allegedly received death threats.  These threats, according to World Net Daily (WND), allegedly caused her fear and she refused to speak with WND, a source that probably agrees with her views.

Yes, according to the letter published in SNL she did state she is a Christian and she did tell readers to pray about their vote.  She also admitted she is against homosexuality, as she discouraged people from voting for President Barack Obama, whom she called a same sex-marriage supporter and a “liberal baby-killer” or rather “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies”.

Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.

Mrs. Pitt also received brief articles mentioning her letter in the Huffington Post, New York Daily, Chicago Tribune, L. A. Times, CBS, KLTV, UK Daily Mail, and other sources.

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L. A. Times reports:

Her actor son, of course, is a noted supporter of gay-marriage rights who made his stage debut in an anti-Prop. 8 play in March and was photographed hanging out in the Oval Office with ol' Barack and Angelina Jolie as recently as January.

Read the letter in its entirety here. Looks as if mother and son's votes will cancel each other out? Assuming both are registered voters.

Huffington Post reported that Brad and Mrs. Pitt do not agree on these issues and Brad even supports gay marriage.

Jane Pitt's views stand in stark contrast to those of her son, who recently starred alongside George Clooney in "8," Dustin Lance Black's play aboutCalifornia's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

"No state should decide who can marry and who cannot," Brad is quoted by People magazine as saying in 2011. "Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage."

The U. K. Daily Mail reported:

Mrs Pitt says in her letter to  the Springfield News-Leader, in Missouri: ‘I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility’.

Pitt, 48, is well-known for his liberal views and is likely to find the letter highly embarrassing.

He has endorsed the Democrats before and has often spoken out for Aids charities. His wife Angelina Jolie, 37, also supports Obama and the couple have visited him in the White House.

If Brad historically votes Democrat, he probably will again this year too, but given he and Angelina Jolie have six children together and not yet married, I would say his views are very different from his mother’s, just as my mother and I do not share the same views.

In December 2011, the 48-year-old actor told the talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who is herself a lesbian: 'I've said that we would not be getting married until everyone in this country had the right to get married.'

The Hollywood power couple, who have six children together, eventually gave in and announced their engagement in April, but have yet to set a date.

Fox News, WND, and Christian Science Monitor of course did not spin the story the way those above did, but WND does state that allegedly Mrs. Pitt “was bullied” into a fearful silence after “slamming Obama” due to “death threats”, along with other like sources.

Fox News reports, with video on site:

Governor Romney is getting a very vocal backing from actor Brad Pitt's mother despite her son's strong support for President Obama.

Jane Pitt wrote a letter to The Springfield News-Leader newspaper encouraging Christians to vote for Romney.

She said any Christian who doesn't vote or casts a ballot with a write-in name essentially votes for President Obama,

Whom she called — quote — "…a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage."

Now her son Brad has often voiced his support for gay marriage.

Earlier this year, he said in an interview that his mother is a very loving person who sometimes gets portrayed as a "she-devil."

 

Now according to WND, Mrs. Pitt received death threats for what she wrote in to the writer in SNL.

Jane Pitt, mother of actor Brad Pitt, has been scared into silence by the hate-filled, vulgar and even violent reaction to her public assertion that Barack Obama is “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”

Pitt has even been the subject of death threats following her letter to the editor of Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader in which she asserted failure to vote for Republican presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney constituted a vote for Obama.

According to WND, some of the alleged death threats said:

“Brad Pitt’s mom, die,” wrote Twitter-poster Sandy Kownacka.

A tweet from “I Bleed Gaga” echoed similar sentiments, saying, “Brad Pitt’s mom wrote an anti-gay pro-Romney editorial. Kill the b—-.”

Other comments included, “F— you, brad pitt’s mom, the gay community made your kid a star, you whacko,” and, “Brad Pitt’s mom is a dumb c—.”

Many of the comments told her to commit vulgar sexual acts with the commenter.

The New York Post and Huffington Post also stated that Mrs. Pitt’s letter to SNL “incited death threats”.

The alleged death threats come from Twitter, according to WND, who also adds that Brad’s description of his mother is vastly different.

These statements stand contrary to Pitt’s own statements about his mother. In January, Pitt told the Hollywood Reporter that his mother was a very loving person.

“She’s very, very loving – very open, genuine, and it’s hilarious because she always gets painted in the tabloids as a she-devil,” the actor said. “There’s not an ounce of malice in her. She wants everyone to be happy.”

This is where I have something to say, because, like Barbara Walters, what bothers me is the anger (and hate) in this country.  What Brad said about his mother is probably true.  I not only live in the area and many here people are religious, but I also attended the same high school as Brad, who I believe graduated a year or two before I did, thus I did not meet him personally.  Of course, I did know of him and eventually his eventual fame became a big deal in this area, despite the high religiosity.

The thing is, many people in the Ozarks do share Mrs. Pitt’s views and similarly to Brad, I do not agree with those views, but not once in my life did I ever wish people dead for their opinions, just because they differed from mine.  If what WND said about death threats is true, I think that is a horrible thing to do anyone, even if they do not agree with you.

I read Mrs. Pitt’s letter in the SNL and just shrugged, in part because such views are a common thing in the Ozarks and in part, I believe everyone is entitled to their views, even if we do not agree.  It was no skin off my back that she made such statements.  Her views in no way form or even changes my liberal humanist views or whom I vote for this election.

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In fact, if Mrs. Pitt and I did meet, more than likely the last thing we would talk about is what she said in the SNL, unless she mentioned it.  More than likely, the most we probably talk about is the weather or any other small talk we cared to discuss.

People, as a rule, are generally friendly in this area, especially those who lived here many years.  Religion is often a topic of discussion, but if one is not willing to talk religion, then often the discussion quickly changes.  This does not mean there are not radicals who will go crazy on you if you disagree or refuse to discuss religion, but for the most part people are friendly in this area.

In all reality, Mrs. Pitt probably is a very loving, open, genuine woman and not at all the “she-devil” many sites label her as due to her comments to the opinion article.  Truth is, the opinion writer wrote an opinion and because he put his opinion out there, it is no surprise that someone shared his or her opinion.  The person, who shared their opinion, just happened to be Brad Pitt’s mom instead of some unknown person’s mother.

If my mother wrote the letter, no one would notice and no news sources would have reported on it.  Her letter would have gone unnoticed and life would continue just as it did before, even though our views differ greatly.  Thus, I have no clue as to why anyone feels Mrs. Pitt’s views are news worthy just because she is Brad Pitt’s mother nor do all liberals attack the way Fox news say they do, but I do think Brad should say something. After all, this is his mother, despite the fact they obviously do not agree on religion or politics.

Furthermore, I see no reason why anyone would feel the need to threaten Mrs. Pitt or anyone else for his or her views.  It is not as if Mrs. Pitt threatened to harm President Obama.  All she did was state her opinion and declared her support for Romney, instead of Obama, in a bigoted manner.  That is her problem and something she must decide to overcome without force from others, but that is where Brad comes in, not people threatening her in an attempt to silence her or force her to change her views.

Now, when Christians violate the Constitution by attempting to make this country a theocracy and shove their views down everyone’s throat, especially public school children’s, while forbidding people to marry and denying women their right to choose, that is when we should speak up with reasoned rebuttals, as well as go to the polls to vote against a Theocracy.  I do not believe we should vulgarly threaten anyone for his or her opinion though.  Everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if it is homophobic, bigoted, anti-choice, or just plain disagrees with your opinion.  No one deserves their opinion silenced, unless they spew abusive vulgar words and/or death threats at others.  Abuse and threats of harm are the things I think should be banned, not someone saying, “I’m a Christian who’s against liberalism, gay marriage, and abortion” as they try to tell others who to vote for in an election.  Just because they say you should vote for whom they want to win, does not mean you lose your freedom to vote for whom you believe is the best person to help run our government.

As I told my very religious grandfather, the first year I was able to vote and he tried to tell me who to vote for in the 1984, “I thank you for your advice, Grandpa, but when I get in the voting booth, I will vote for who I think is the best person.”  Of course, he did not appreciate me saying that and it caused him to become irritated with me, but that is the civil truth of the matter.  There is no civility in verbal abuse or not allowing others their own opinion, including and especially the freedom to vote for whom they want to vote for in an election.  Democratic freedom, instead of a religious dictatorship, is why we have elections to begin with as Americans.  This freedom to vote, as well as the First Amendment, with the clause that congress shall not establish a religious government, is why our forefathers declared their freedom from the religious dictatorship of England.

However, the Constitution and Amendment Rights do not give people the right to threaten other people for their opinions.  People have the right to attack opinions and ideas, but not people.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • Rob S

    Mrs. Pitt's griping about the Prez not observing the "National Day of Prayer" (whether he did or not I don't know) is hilarious because it's such a bogus concept. God is all about personal, and has never been about national. I never want to hear the word "God" come out of a politician's mouth. If you do hear such a thing your first reaction should be to check to see if you still have your wallet.

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      It is a bogus concept, but she still has the right to spew ignorance without people threatening to harm her.

  • Annon

    Random "go kill yourself" and "diaf" and "go fuck a knife to death" on the internet aren't threats, they're insults.

    This is just ridiculously blown out of proportion, I suppose to make her a victim and make her letter more potent, and national news. A simple right wing political ploy.

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