It’s a move akin to sending the rock ‘n roll critic to review the Boston Symphony’s Beethoven Night. The guy knows about music, but he is not anywhere near the genre being discussed. He’s just barely heard of it in passing.
For the most part, he feels like it’s a complete waste of time, because why listen to the old, boring classical crap when you can blast The Grateful Dead?

That is what happened this week when a Salon writer critiqued Erick Erickson’s blog post slamming Donald Trump’s choice of Paula White to participate in the inauguration festivities.

The title immediately captured my attention: “Conservative blogger Erick Erickson incensed that Donald Trump will allow “heretic” to pray at inauguration” Okay, that makes sense. Erick Erickson is an Evangelical Christian, so obviously he would be unhappy with this choice. Paula is up there with Joel Osteen when it comes to the fundies; she preaches all happy all the time, and please send her a check.

This incensed the writer at Salon:

Most people concerned about White’s appearance are criticizing her sleazy claims that people who give her money will magically receive divine blessings. That’s apparently not what really bothers Erickson, however. Instead, he’s concerned that she is a “trinity denying heretic” who allegedly doesn’t share the view of the divinity of Jesus that Erickson does.

Erickson found an old video somewhere in the bowels of the internet in which White appears to say that all humans are “begotten” of God, just like Jesus Christ. Based on that, Erickson went into high-dudgeon mode over the possibility that Donald Trump, a man literally no one considers to be a devout Christian, might give incorrect spiritual guidance to the American people:

“The President of the United States putting a heretic on stage who claims to believe in Jesus, but does not really believe in Jesus, risks leading others astray,” Erickson wrote on his personal blog. “Trump letting this heretic pray in Jesus’s name should offend every Bible believing Christian.”

Lots of people are worried that Trump’s inexperience and bombastic behavior might lead to diplomatic disasters. Erickson is worried that Trump will literally send Americans to hell.

Namaste my darling Salon writer. Take a deep breath, and let me explain this to you. First, you have to get out of the bubble and enter into an evangelical church at some point. Erickson’s concern here is understandable, whether you agree with him or not. Would you rather have the rock ‘n roll guy explaining Beethoven, or a tone-deaf music-hater?

I would take the latter every time, because nobody is going to be duped by him. And that is Erickson’s point. At the end of the day, that would cover sending her money and the rest of it, but for him and other Evangelicals, that is IMPLIED in his point and does not need to be specified.

Before now, anything the president has done has been considered important and some form of leadership. However, we have now entered the era of Nothing Matters Anymore. I can’t stand Paula White or any of the other prosperity gospel preachers like her, and I agree they should all be investigated (and pay some taxes for the love of gawd!). But crawling Erickson and people like him for the way in which they express their displeasure is not going to accomplish anything.

Well, it does show your readers that you are not in touch with an entire segment of the population…evangelical Christians. Bless your heart.


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