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June 25, 2010

The Atlantic: evangelicals are idiots

http://www.jewishjournal.com/blog/item/the_atlantic_evangelicals_are_idiots_39100625/

Commenting on The New Yorker’s massive profile of Mike Huckabee—I intend to discuss that later—Nicole Allan lets us know what she really thinks of evangelicals:

People are sometimes caught off guard by Huckabee’s intellectual competence because of his rural Arkansas habits (he and his wife lived in a trailer while the governor’s mansion was being renovated) and his outspoken evangelical views.

Really, I couldn’t help but laugh. The logic here is just so obvious. Mollie did better:

Lines like that may not tell you a lot about former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. But they tell you something about how well journalist Nicole Allan knows evangelicals. Don’t worry, I won’t call her incompetent or ignorant. She just needs to meet an evangelical or two to find out that they are not actually knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, snake-handlers. Yes, I am being sarcastic.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette religion editor Frank Lockwood linked to the piece on his blog with a post headlined “Yes, ma’am, we can read, write AND barbecue …

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