After declaring that SD-ELCA Bishop David Zellmer, the Presentation Sisters, and other South Dakota Christians are waging war on “the Christian fabric of our nation,” Senator Neal Tapio (R-5/Watertown) launched into a diatribe about how Saudi Arabia is funding 150 mosques that teach Wahabbism—a “hateful and deadly ideology”—in the United States.
The Saudis also appear to be funding Senator Neal Tapio:
Ironically, I do business with people in Saudi Arabia almost every day. I sell into the oil industry… [Sen. Neal Tapio, comments to press, transcribed from video posted by that Sioux Falls paper, 2018.01.10].
Tapio used many words yesterday, many without thinking, but the word he used most correctly was ironically.
Tapio then held a press conference to “publicly enlist in this War on Terror.” Choking with tears as he stood next to a Gold Star mother and two Purple Heart recipients, Tapio proclaimed, “I’m proud to sacrifice along with you.” We’ll see if that sacrifice includes ending his business ties with American allies whom he accuses of waging war on us or if his public crusade goes on hiatus the next time he has a chance to make private profit from his Muslim associates overseas.
Related Speculation: Hey, I wonder if unregistered Saudi agent, now Tapio’s party chairman Dan Lederman helped Tapio get some business in Saudi Arabia.
Related Reading: Sojourners reminds us how Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer responded to Nazism in 1933:
In that 1933 essay, Bonhoeffer wrote that the church has the right and responsibility to ask whether the state is fulfilling its duty to preserve justice and order. He wrote that the church has the right and responsibility to aid victims of the state, even if they are not Christians. And, most famously, he wrote that the church has the right and responsibility to jam the spokes of the wheel of the state if it is creating too much or too little law. Jamming the spokes, he wrote, “is not just to bind up the wounds of the victims beneath the wheel but to seize the wheel itself. Such an action would be direct political action on the part of the church” [Lori Brandt Hale and Reggie L. Williams, “Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment?” Sojourners, February 2018].
Good Lutherans, good Christians, good Muslims, and good Americans need to seize the wheel from Tapio and his fellow Trumpists.