A donor to the blog notes that I would have a hard time winning South Dakota’s gubernatorial election because, among other reasons, the donor thinks I’m against Christianity:
Now, I may be wrong on this, but I have read what could be called “anti-Christian” sentiments held by you. At least, that is the impression I have from a perusal of your blog. I could be wrong [Dakota Free Press financial supporter, letter, 2021.11.30].
Dear donor, you are entirely right to support the most interesting, most informative, and most honest political blog in South Dakota. You are also right in suspecting that you may be wrong about me and my sentiments about the teachings of that carpenter from Nazareth. I do not oppose Christianity. I do oppose Christians who do mean and stupid things and cloak them in Christian piety.
Consider, for instance, my reaction to this vulgarity disguised as a Christmas message in the Winner Advocate last week:
I won’t even get into how advertising and consumerism in general contradict Christianity and Christmas. Let’s just focus on the smirking bullies at Winner Welding & Machine who thought it would be cute to hold up a sign in their Christmas ad that everyone understands means, “F— you, Biden.” The publisher of the Winner newspaper posted this vulgarity under the aptly obsolete, exclusionary, and incorrect banner, “Good Christian Men Rejoice.”
You don’t have to be a Christian to recognize that the message of these smirking bullies (and let’s include the newspaper boss, who takes filthy lucre to print this filth) contradicts the reason for Mass on December 25. One must be truly anti-Christmas and anti-Christian to celebrate the birth of Christ and the redemption of all humanity by telling one’s fellow recipient of salvation to f— off.
These smirking bullies (the smirks, the insincere expressions of good will masking their vile, violent intent as poorly as white hoods) aim their insult at a good Catholic man, a well-read Christian who has likely read and spoken more deeply and intelligently about the teachings of Jesus than any of the men smirking behind their sign. Good Christian people (and the rest of us) should respect our current President not just because he professes Christianity but because he lives his faith intentionally and consistently. Instead, these Winner workers vulgarize the holy day to celebrate our Christian President’s predecessor, a vile materialist who before, during, and since his occupancy of the White House has never once sincerely spoken, let alone embodied in action, any Christian ideal.
Dear donor, I am not against Christianity. I wage no war on Christmas. I feel a certain kinship with this Jesus fellow whom you name Christ and in whose name you Mass, as that dark-complected Nazarene Jew did a little carpentry like his dad but turned to a different career building words and ideas and speaking up for underdogs. Besides our minor disagreement about origins (and come on, if anyone walks up and says, “Hi, I’m literally the Son of God,” you’re allowed some skepticism), you will be hard-pressed to find one blog post where I’ve written that Jesus was wrong. I’ve spent more of my career as a public writer explaining and defending Christianity from its own wayward confessants.
Dear donor, I am not against Christianity. I am vehemently against Christian hypocrites who dress up in divinity but act like devils. Thank you for supporting my fight against those anti-Christian hypocrites.