Governor Kristi Noem’s press secretary Amelia Joy continues to languish in silence. But at least the baton-twirling Florida native with a so-far underutilized master’s degree from American University gives us the occasional wet-t-shirt pic:
It’s unclear whether Joy’s August submersion was a full conversion, whether she was born again or born again again—I suspect the latter, because how could a young woman who hadn’t already accepted Jesus as her Lord and personal savior accept Kristi Noem as her overlord and professional savior?
Joy’s new church home, Community Bible Church of Pierre, looks like a good fit for a Noem Teamer. The non-denominational dunkers believe gayness and transgenderism are tactics the Devil uses to devour our children:
Well, dunking the kids in the Missouri River will certainly make them less tasty to Satan.
But a woman working for the most powerful woman in South Dakota may find it just a little awkward worshipping at a church that won’t let women lead:
According to the Community Bible Church’s reading of the Bible, only straight monogamous married men may occupy leadership roles in the church, and the pictures of all those prudent, non-addicted, non-pugnacious white men shows they practice what they preach.
But if men must lead and dip the ladies in the dance of the church, how can they stand to see women leading in government? They may tolerate Amelia Joy’s professional exertions, since she keeps quiet in Pierre and does what she’s told. But Joy works for a female chief executive, one who leads an entire state. Little fundagelical churches like Community Bible Church pride themselves on not leaving their beliefs at the churchhouse door after services on Sunday but on embodying and enacting their values throughout their daily lives. And what value would these shepherds of women hold more deeply than their narcissistic male headship?
Maybe Joy’s shepherds at Community Bible Church can tolerate her working for a female chief executive as long as they believe that female chief executive is really taking orders from everybody’s favorite fake Christian and savior, Donald Trump. And then when Trump makes Noem his running mate, she’ll be back in her proper subordinate role.
In the meantime, expect Joy to embody the values of her new church home with her continued humble silence in the halls of government.