A Religious War Among the Heathens

Those inclined to employ the popular platitude among American conservatives to the effect that their country was founded on something they call “Judeo-Christian values,” as though Judaism and Christianity were essentially the same thing, or at any rate had very little discernible space between them, must be finding their world — which is now defined almost entirely by their “alternative” media — quite shattered today. For tensions at Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire have apparently boiled over into a full-on pseudo-religious war, with Shapiro publicly denouncing Candace Owens’ opposition to Israeli war policy (and American support for it) as “disgraceful” and “faux sophistication,” and Owens firing back on social media by responding to Shapiro’s take on Jesus with “Christ is king,” and pointedly declaring, “You cannot serve both God and money.” 

First, as to Shapiro, nothing could be funnier from my point of view than watching the overgrown high school debate champion damn the views of anyone else with the epithet “faux sophistication.” Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! (If it is still permissible to use that particular cliché in this context.) As for Owens playing the Christian card by quoting the Sermon on the Mount (“Blessed are the peacemakers”) to justify her Trump cult fan service on current events — she immediately appeared with Tucker Carlson to “discuss” Shapiro’s criticism, and to point out that she would certainly never stoop to Shapiro’s level of personal attack, don’t you know! — not to mention her implication that it is Shapiro, but of course not she herself, who has forsaken faith for financial gain…well, let’s just say “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God,” and leave it at that. 

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