So it is a red letter day, in that Rod Dreher came to my defense. But in his defense, he sure didn’t want to.
“So, even though it probably makes him cringe to have Rod Dreher stand up for him, and believe me, it makes Rod Dreher cringe to do it …I’m going to stand up for him.”
Throughout his piece, Rod makes the repeated (and very correct) point that the weapons that are being used on people that you might not happen to like may well be weapons that are going to be turned on you in about ten minutes. Throughout the article, Rod made it most apparent that whether he agreed or disagreed with me was entirely beside the point, and that Christians need to come to grips with the fact that religious liberty is the basic point here. I would hope that, were our positions reversed, I would be willing to do the same thing for Rod. Disagreements and all, jabs and all, I actually really appreciated it.
However it is apparent that a number of the people who read his article are not all that strong in the reading comprehension department. Rod had to post a little postscript afterward that said, “Guys! I am not defending Doug Wilson’s teaching or his behavior as leader of the Kirk.” Whew! Good thing he finally made that clear! The fact that he had to say that again after all the qualifications that were piled up in heaps inside the article is really striking. It shows that the only real irony is Rod feeling the need to explain himself to a group that does not read closely, carefully, or well. The irony comes in because these are the sorts of breathless and half-woke people who have passed on to him the sordid tale of my various shenanigans. Maybe when developing views on someone else’s character, it might be good not to crowd source it through your comments thread.
But I will prove to you that he was defending liberty and not me personally by citing just a couple of his comments. I hope we can use them in the future for book blurbs or something.
“It is more than fair to say that Wilson’s bomb-throwing Calvinism is not my jam. In fact, that’s a massive understatement.”
“Doug Wilson has a special gift for making enemies, and he can be incredibly obnoxious.”
However . . . There Was One Low Blow
The only jab I took really strong objection to was this phrase—“humility is not his strong suit.” Simply unbelievable. Humility is my strongest suit. For all his thumb-on-the-pulsing work in reporting, Rod has apparently not been informed of my upcoming book—Humility and How I Attained It.