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Skillet’s John Cooper Received Death Threats and Pornographic Images Because of the Name of His Book

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Skillet frontman John Cooper recently shared on Abby Johnson’s “Politely Rude” podcast that he and his family have received death threats after he announced the title of his latest book, “Wimpy, Weak, and Woke: How Truth Can Save America From Utopian Destruction.”

During the podcast, Cooper and Johnson discussed “the battle against woke Christianity.” Referencing his book, Cooper said, “I had no idea how mad the title of this book was going to make people.”

Cooper’s book, which released in November 2023, aims to uncover the “philosophies behind utopian dreams that become dystopian nightmares, and presents a positive vision for how we can thrive and flourish.”

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“The false promises of man lead to destruction; God’s ways lead to life, and that’s the message I want to share in this book,” Cooper said.

While talking with ChurchLeaders, Cooper said he didn’t want to “exaggerate” the threats he has received, but this wasn’t the first time people have expressed hatred toward him.

Cooper said that what began as “absolute hate and cussing” quickly turned to “people sending really vulgar pictures.” Cooper said it isn’t uncommon for someone to tell him to “go to hell” because of the title of his book.

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Cooper said things got even worse when people began sending him “super vulgar, demonic pornographic stuff,” including images that would depict “Jesus being crucified that included sexual things.”

Cooper shared that these types of vulgar replies appeared not only on his social media pages but also on other pages that promoted his book.

One Christian network, which Cooper didn’t name, reached out to him and encouraged him to block the people who were posting the vulgar images. Cooper said that the network told him that “we would never do this because we want to hear feedback, but we had to block some of this stuff and we are suggesting you guys block it as well.”

“I’m looking at the comments on Facebook and it’s literally making me sick,” a network representative told Cooper.