Guest Column: Stanley Campbell’s comments about Tea Party inflammatory
Editor’s note: The following guest column is in response to Stanley Campbell’s Dec. 14-20 Left Justified column “Rockford gets two congressmen.” Stanley Campbell is not an ordained minister and has never claimed to be one. However, he has served as a guest preacher at some United Methodist churches on occasion.
By David Hale
Coordinator, Rockford Tea Party
I have to hand it to Mr. Campbell, who is the minister-in-chief at the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Rockford Urban Ministries here locally. He has no fear of losing his independent voice, as one can see from this lopsided letter and castigation of anything conservative.
It always amazed me how left-wingers can get away with such politically inflammatory, abusive language and never fret over their 501(c)(3) status. Mr. Campbell delights in his progressive street cred and support of the Democrat Party, which is the entity responsible for single-handedly approving the extermination of 60 million children in the womb via abortion. Yet, he calls himself a Christian minister of the gospel.
It may be more of an indictment on those so-called right-wing conservative ministers who have a terrifying fear of losing their tax-exempt status who keep their mouths closed and remain cloistered in their church silos muttering, “Make the bad things go away,” and “Jesus saves,” while the likes of Mr. Campbell run around railing against their meek requests for a chance to even mumble a hushed and all-inclusive prayer at a pre-schooler breakfast.
The Campbells of the world have used the jaws of life to extract God from culture, and our so-called Evangelical Christians have watched the extrication silently.
Those so-called conservative ministers who would prayer torture people keep a tight lid on things, never straying from the reservation when it comes to standing up, whereas Campbell has no qualms about sticking it to anyone who so much as peeps anything conservative or Godlike in public.
Campbell’s use of the derogatory, homoerotically, sexually-charged term “Tea Bagger” to describe those in the Tea Party says more about whatever ministry credentials he may hold in the Methodist Church or whatever denomination it is that would ordain a man that refers to human beings as Tea Baggers as opposed to, say, fellow citizens, or errr … human beings. Eee gads. Tea Baggers are human beings? Oh, OK.
I will hand it to Campbell, who has attended a number of Occupy events and back-slapped with the best of them, while cat-calling anyone in the Tea Party who respectfully and in polite tones has merely asked for government to stop abusing taxpayers. Anathema to Campbell and his crowd of culture warriors on the left. Campbell’s public, overt, shameless disdain for conservatives and “Tea Baggers” is almost admirable in its brazenness and fearlessness of a backlash and utter lack of concern with losing that 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The operative word there is almost, because in this day and age, it is laudable for those in the popular culture such as Mr. Campbell, who in his off time attends various soirees with the elites of Rockford’s left-wing political class, finds himself a celebrity of sorts for standing up to, uh, let’s see, the Grand Old Tea Party.
It’s easy to join the pack, Stanley, when “pack” is a pack and growing. I have seen packs of teens, and mobs of mobs, beating one person mercilessly, and none of them probably even knows why they were doing it. They were just doing it because it felt good to join the rest of the mob to beat someone down. Well, Stanley, welcome to your mob. You’ve made your denomination proud with your version of social justice and Christian charity. I’m thinking the mobs of people who partake with Campbell in their café society will not object.
From the Dec. 21-27, 2011, issue
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