At the time of his arrest, Waldron was hailed on one right-wing blog [Jesus' General] as being 'an arms dealer of the Lord' and 'the latest victim of Christian persecution in Africa.In the comments section, Agents of the Worldwide Amish-Libislamunistofascist Conspiracy® quickly began questioning my commitment to the Jesused lifestyle. One, who went by the suspiciously Mexican name of Trey Barrineau, wrote:
The link to the "right-wing blog" takes you to Jesus' General, which is a left-leaning site that has been satirizing the religious right for years.Another, a Mr 24AheadDotCom, chimed in:
...you'd think the pic of Jesus holding an Uzi would have also been a tip-off.I can't really blame them for trying to defame me. Lord knows my words bestowed a great deal of prestige and credibility upon Guerrilla Pastor Waldron. Tarring me as some kind of dirty freaking beatnik was about the only way they could negate the power of my endorsement.
But you expect an established journalist like Franke-Ruta to have the guts to stand up for the truth in the face of such an onslaught of defamation. Unfortunately, she lacks such guts. She caved into the commenter's demands and changed the line to read:
At the time of his arrest, Waldron was hailed on one blog [that's Jesus' General, dammit] as being ""the latest victim of Christian persecution in Africa.Shameful.