Rapert companion

Here is a little blog post offered as a companion to my column this morning and drawn from a discussion yesterday afternoon with Jason Rapert.

He tells me that the national media posts accusing him of racism in his country pulpit jive session at that Tea Party rally caused him to receive what the State Police told him were “credible” threats on his and his family’s life.

I have no reason to disbelieve him, and, indeed, understand that a nation al  posting of a video that, taken without context, seems to indicate blatant racial bigotry could indeed spur some evil reaction of that kind.

It is important to get these kinds of issues right. Rapert’s bigotry was not racial, but religious. His outrage was to call for a theocracy. His offense was to pander as a demagogue. Race is not any part of it.

Now, Rapert denied to me any religious bigotry by telling me a long dramatic story, as is his wont, about his Holy Ghost MInistries missionary work in Muslim land. I told him his story was nice, but that it had nothing to do with the issue.

He acknowledged only one thing — he gets too preacher-like in his political communication, but is better about that. He stressed that the offending video was from nearly two years ago, when he was a state Senate rookie.

He also claims that the pro-choice crowd is reacting so vigorously because it knows his bill is constitutional.

That is simply nonsense. It reacts so vigorously because the bill is such a flagrantly unconstitutional affront to the rights and respect of women.

Oh, and he said he was talking about President Obama’s blowing off a National Prayer Day, not blowing off the National Prayer Breakfast.

Yeah, Ok. He said National Prayer Breakfast. But it’s quite possible he misstated because, after all, his whole ┬ácountry pulpit jive was fabricated nonsense.


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  1. “He stressed that the offending video was from nearly two years ago, when he was a state Senate rookie.”

    What does that mean? Does that mean he no longer believes in what he said two years ago? Or does that imply that he’s more guarded about what he says in public?


    5 Feb 13 at 10:35 am

  2. the latter, or, more specifically, that he is now less preachy. i also think he was essentially acknowledging sloppy facts, even hyperbole.


    5 Feb 13 at 10:39 am

  3. Another example of pandering to the Religious Right…examples like this bigot continue to give Arkansas a bad name

    Don Moore

    5 Feb 13 at 11:27 am

  4. Interesting banter. Sen. Rapert is under attack and will be vigorously supported by those that know him and care for him. Say what you must but threats against him and his family should not be tolerated.


    5 Feb 13 at 12:38 pm

  5. John you mention the “respect and rights of women.” Wouldn’t you agree that roughly have of aborted babies are female? Do they not have rights?


    5 Feb 13 at 12:39 pm

  6. I won’t be attending church anymore. What with bigots like Rapert and now allowing the congregation to carry guns, I won’t feel safe in church.

    Whatever happened to Christianity? Bigotry and weapons bearing just doesn’t fit.

    bill kennamer

    5 Feb 13 at 3:13 pm

  7. Bill Kennamer – does being Christian mean you can’t defend yourself? Are we supposed to just let a mad gunman come into church and start shooting up the place? Come on folks use some common sense. Also read the bill before commenting, this will not allow everyone in the congregation to carry guns. It gives the churches the authority to allow it or not and to pick who can carry on the church property.


    5 Feb 13 at 4:01 pm

  8. […] By jbrummett […]

  9. What would Jesus do? Would Jesus be toting a gun and threatening to use it? Our human nature is to pick up a gun and use deadly force if needed, and this is not taught by Jesus Christ in the Bible. It is not part of the gift of salvation that Jesus brought to Christians when he died for our sins.


    5 Feb 13 at 9:47 pm

  10. jesus would not kill innocent unborn babies….


    5 Feb 13 at 11:18 pm

  11. Nor would He allow children to die because of lack of access to health care. Or decent housing, or food.


    8 Feb 13 at 3:24 pm

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