A couple years ago I described Kurt Schlichter's writing as "the most perfect kernel of 'Fucking nuts' I have ever had the pleasure to read." It's been a while since I checked in with the unhinged Mr. Schlichter. This morning I did, however, and found that he hasn't lost his touch. He's as batty as ever and delighted to prove it in public. (The poor man can't even untwist his, shall we say, thoughts. "I know that when I need theological clarification," he writes, "I seek out the militant atheist who thinks Christ was a socialist and believes that the Golden Rule is that Christians are never allowed to never offend anyone." Come on, Kurt, unraveling double negatives shouldn't be that hard.)
His latest, in Townhall.com, is "*Sigh* No, Being A Christian Does Not Require You Meekly Submit To Leftist Tyranny." Again with the tyrannical left as the right commands the White House, the Supreme Court, both houses of Congress and a massive propaganda machine, in which Kurt is a small but immensely hilarious cog. His theme is simple(-minded) enough: "There are a lot of people frustrated that Christians back Trump and refuse to let his personal life be used as a wedge to pry off their support. They are mad that Christians are not playing their role as defined by their enemies. Christians are supposed to be scandalized and give up and lose. But they won’t."
Of course with those last three words, Kurt demolished any reason for ever writing his jeremiad. Christians won't give up and they won't lose, he writes with high confidence. Thus why all his worry and fuss? On this we're not entirely clear, but damn his worry and fuss are fun. To wit …
"Jesus was not some sort of whiny wimp who refused to confront the establishment.... Jesus made people angry, because that’s what happens when you defy bad people. Being a Christian does not mean that you have to shrug and let the likes of Hillary Clinton be elected so she and her minions can fire up her anti-faith pogrom against those of us who dare worship God and not the elite she represents."
See what I mean? Fucking nuts and loads of fun. But what, you ask, is all this demented gibberish in service of? Perhaps you guessed. "We totally, completely, and fully understand Trump’s personal failings. And … we don’t care." One more passage …
"We don’t care because the culture has established new rules and we refuse to unilaterally disarm in the face of them…. We don’t care because of [Democratic] hypocrisy [Chappaquiddick, Schneiderman et al.]…. We don’t care because we are done seeing our morality weaponized against us…. But most of all, we don’t care because our priority is not whether Donald Trump acted like, well, Donald Trump. This is about survival, specifically our survival as a free people able to live, speak, and worship as we please…. [T]his is an existential struggle between our side and the people who want to crush us."
The only "militant atheist" I can think of who wanted to "crush" Christianity is now a ghost: Christopher Hitchens. Otherwise, atheists are more amused than upset by the Schlichters of the world. And while Trump rips up and spits on the Constitution, those on the left still respect it, especially its First Amendment. Religious liberty was perfectly intact under President Obama, just as it would have been under Methodist Hillary Clinton as president, which the sane among us understand.
When Schlichter writes that he and his fellow fanatics "don't care because we are done seeing our morality weaponized against us," what he's actually saying is that Christians should be free from charges of hypocrisy (which he finds so condemnable among Democrats); which further means that Christian "morality," in his book, is little more than a flexible means to an end — it is not, nor should it be, an uncompromising theological ideology of love and peace. The New Testament may say one thing, but to Schlichter it says something else: Christians should be street fighters and gutter brawlers; they should engage in the slimiest of politics, which Donald Trump offers in spades; they should dismantle Christian brotherhood whenever convenient and politically expedient.
In other words, they shouldn't be Christians. But not to worry, Kurt. You aren't. You are instead the very model of unChristian malice and hypocritical rubbish. The least you could do is articulate it with intellectual sophistication and polish; instead you give us fun-filled drivel of the most theologically treasonous sort.
Well, that's something, anyway. I could go on, but, amusing as he is, that's quite enough of Kurt Schlichter — for another couple years.