What happens if you are a state legislator and you oppose a fluff measure recognizing the 60th annual convention of a Muslim group in your community on the grounds that the heathen mohammadans don't even recognize Jesus?
Well, you might win some very vocal, very active, very motivated new supporters. Just ask Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe:
For the past month, Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, has been the subject of an anonymous letter-writing campaign that appears to be run by a white supremacist group called the White Christian Nation.
In June, the group announced that it planned to give Metcalfe its White Christian Soldier Award. He declined the award and denounced the group which already had used his name in publicity postcards for a rally on Aug. 10 in Adams Township Community Park.
Metcalfe has had to resort to sending out mailings — at taxpayer expense — saying that he's not affiliated with the white supremacists, and indicating in so many words that while he is white, and Christian, and likes to think of himself as a soldier, he is not a White Christian Soldier, if you catch my meaning.
Metcalfe also says that his comments that won him this particular fanbase were — all together now — taken out of context.
Of course, the best way to avoid such problems is to vote against every damn fluff bill as a matter of principle. People would respect that. That is, they'd respect it until they voted for some well-coiffed dick who told them that you had voted against puppies, Jesus, and the local softball team.
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