A 34-year-old Orange County man was arrested for allegedly making threats to Merriam-Webster because gender-inclusive terms being included in the dictionary.
According to a press release, Jeremy David Hanson, 34, had an issue with the definitions for ‘girl,’ ‘woman,’ and ‘female.’ It’s said he sent a series of messages to the company’s New York City and Springfield offices.
The message stated:
It is absolutely sickening that Merriam-Webster now tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is no such thing as ‘gender identity. The imbecile who wrote this entry should be hunted down and shot.
It’s also reported that Hanson allegedly used the Merriam-Webster’s website “Contact Us” option last October to write “threatening and despicable messages related to the LGBTQ community,” US Attorney Rachael S. Rollins said in a news release.
Hanson explained his disapproval for the definition of ‘Girl,’ and stated:
The moron who created this fake definition should be hunted down and shot. I am sick and tired of these cultural Marxists denying science and destroying the English Language. Merriam-Webster headquarters should be shot and bombed. Boys aren’t girls.
The hostile messages caused the company to shut down their Springfield, Massachusetts, and New York offices for five days.
Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta said:
Everyone has a right to express their opinion, but repeatedly threatening to kill people, as has been alleged, takes it to a new level.
We are always going to pursue individuals who try to intimidate and isolate members of our community by inciting violent, hateful acts. Threats to life are most certainly not protected speech and they cause real fear in victims.
If found guilty, Hanson faces a possible five years in prison and “three years of supervised release along with a $250,000 fine,” CNN reports.