I won’t link to Salon. One of the reasons we don’t have comments around here is that the comments would eventually descend to the quality of Salon think pieces. Salon is a for-profit, publicly traded entity that has to run “think” pieces about Mary being raped by God in order to generate clicks via outrage. There’s never a reason to link to Salon.
But over at Salon, according to Matt Sheffield, who used to be a failing conservative and is now a failed progressive it seems, I am a cowardly bigot for pointing out Paula White is a heretic.
From the OED:
Coward: A person who is contemptibly lacking in the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things
A good definition of coward is Barack Obama consistently blocking anti-Israel resolutions at the UN so long as he had to endure the wrath of voters and only letting such resolutions go through when the voters could no longer hold him accountable.
I’m not sure how pointing out Paula White’s heresy is cowardly, particularly when it means challenging a decision by an incoming President of the United States to let the heretic on stage. As a reminder, Paula White was on video stating Jesus was not the only begotten son of God and that Jesus was the “first fruits” of God, which is a repackaging of the Arian heresy settled in AD 325.
Sheffield is also outraged that I didn’t point out Paula White is a scammer of the prosperity gospel. I didn’t think I had to do that considered I linked to a story about it in the piece on her heresy and have also written about her Je$u$ peddling ways here, here, here, and here. Come for the scamming, stay for the Benny Hinn reference.
Of course, in failing to grasp all of that, he also wrote this:
Erickson’s view that “heretic” Christians should be banned from public life is well within a longstanding and infamous tradition within the Religious Right.
That’s actually not what I wrote. What I wrote was that a heretic should not be on stage at a Presidential inauguration being passed off as a legitimate Christian when she isn’t. If Trump wants to pass her off as a prosperity gospel minister, a Zoroastrian, or anything else but Christian, I’d be fine with it.
As Dr. Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention has noted, it’s not just me, “Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe.”
What this is really about is two things. Sheffield is rather hostile to religion and was even when he was failing at being a conservative. He ends his piece with
The government has no business determining who is or isn’t a “true Christian.” Someone who wishes to be taken seriously as a political commentator shouldn’t be in that business either.
The guy who calls me a “cowardly bully” for pointing out White’s heresy demands someone shut up about religion if they want “to be taken seriously as a political commentator.”
Likewise, given his insistence that I must debate him, it’s pretty clear he’s hoping for traffic and attention, which is why you can go search Twitter for his tweet and link to his piece. I won’t help Salon get traffic here.