… Or, Of Coal Mines and Canaries
Karen Tumulty, Could the Southern Baptists be tiptoeing away from Trump?
Ms. Tumulty has written a good piece (though, as often happens, her headline writer has not done her proud).
Here are my observations. MAGA tribalism is pretty much the 180 degree opposite of what Jesus taught—not to mention what a lot of the Hebrew prophets preached. The Hebrew prophets wanted justice to flow down like waters. Jesus deplored ethnic taboos that separate humans into Them and Us. He also taught, if the gospels are to be believed, that people who are not nice to “the least of these my brethren” are going to hell in a handbasket.
The new president of the SBC believes that Adam and Eve were actual people, that the whale actually swallowed Jonah, and that Christians are actually supposed to renounce their tribalism, just like Jesus taught over and over.
The Canary in the Coal Mine
We really should pay attention to what just happened at the Southern Baptist Convention. What happened was the anti-Christian Trump white identity folks made a huge push to take over the Convention and then to use the Convention as another vehicle to amplify their white identity grievances.
They really tried hard. For a long time. With lots of time and organizational effort.
They almost succeeded.
But they did not succeed.
They fell flat on their faces.
At the bloody Southern Baptist Convention, of all places.
This, ladies and germs, is a canary in the coal mine.
MAGAworld has gotten louder and louder, not to mention crazier and crazier. Their leaders have vied with one another to see who can say the craziest things—without the whole enterprise collapsing around their heads.
With the vote at the SBC, they are beginning to find out to explore the outer limits of their appeal to venemous craziness.