Mississippi State Rep. Karl Oliver, a Christian Republican, has given us all another reason to point out why Christianity should never be synonymous with goodness, kindness, or common sense. There are good and bad Christians, and Oliver is making it absurdly clear which group he’s in.
You may have heard that Confederate monuments are coming down in Louisiana — it’s about damn time — and that’s upsetting to Oliver, who thinks we ought to memorialize the side of the Civil War that promoted white supremacy and slavery. Keep in mind there are ways of preserving the history of your community without celebrating it. Just ask people in Germany.
Oliver, however, didn’t have anything sensible to say about why the memorials should stay put. Instead, he went on Facebook and called for leaders who supported the removal of Confederate monuments to be “LYNCHED” (in all caps, naturally).
The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, “leadership” of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State.
He seems nice.
He’s also wrong. The monuments aren’t being destroyed. They’re being removed with the intention of putting them in museums later on.
This is the same guy, by the way, who posted this Christmas card referencing the “Prince of Peace”:
What Would Jesus Do? Support White Nationalism, apparently.
And before you assume Oliver is an anomaly, remember that we’re talking about the Republican Party. In Mississippi. Both House Appropriations Chairman John Reed and State Rep. Doug Mcleod — Oliver’s GOP colleagues — “Liked” his Facebook post.
Oliver, currently in his first term, was elected to the State House in 2015. If he makes it through this controversy and runs again, let’s hope his opponents use this “lynching” post in every ad. Quoting him directly is really the best way to show voters why he’s a disaster.