An eager reader sends me a photocopy of artist and writer L.K. Hanson‘s historical contextualization of that part-time Governor to his west as it appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune a couple weeks ago. Here’s that cartoon from Hanson’s Twitter channel:
Back in the 1180s, Peter of Blois was writing about church officials serving the Bishop of Chartres, not government officials, but in his time, there was no separation of church and state. Kristi Noem has said that her biggest job is to play minister, so unleashing a Peter of Blois critique on Christ-y Noem conveys a rich double meaning for deep readers of Noemology and Catholic epistology.
But don’t run the Peter de Blois quote too prominently in your Beat-Kristi campaign. Spinsters in Camp Noem will distract from the apt comparison between corrupt medieval churchmen and the corrupt Noem Administration by pointing out that, while his countryman King Philip Augustus of France oppressed and expelled French Jews, Peter of Blois wrote for the Bishop of Worcester “Against the Perfidy of the Jews,” a foundational text in Christian anti-Semitism that said the Christian Church allows Jews to live “because they are our enslaved book-bearers, as they carry around the prophets and the law of Moses for the assertion of our faith.” Thus, criticism of Kristi Noem is obviously anti-Semitic….