A “symbol of insurrection and violence” indeed. Ask Washington and his fellow revolutionaries. As for the flag’s present-day context, suffice it to say that social media users found Onishi and Taylor’s hyperbole unpersuasive. “If this level of pearl-clutching is what’s behind your labels of ‘insurrection and violence,’ I guess I’m now a violent insurrectionist in your book, and I simply don’t care,” one user wrote.
Mike Johnson, second in line to the presidency, flies a symbol of insurrection and violence outside his office. It is a window into his religious extremism. @TaylorMatthewD and I wrote about it for @RollingStone:https://t.co/sQqmZuYHS7— Bradley Onishi (@BradleyOnishi) November 10, 2023
Some X users focused on the flag’s history and scoffed at the authors’ strained interpretation of its modern meaning. “Lol. These people: ‘Historically’ it’s awesome and wholesome and thoroughly American. But ‘in the last decade’ we say it’s poison!” another user posted. Founders, the Father of our Country, and Christianity. If your only concern is a flag that was flown during his day, then you are the odd man out in this question,” another user wrote.
If this level of pearl-clutching is what’s behind your labels of “insurrection and violence,” I guess I’m now a violent insurrectionist in your book, and I simply don’t care.— J Caleb Jones (@JCalebJones) November 15, 2023
That final post summed up the authors’ basic perspective. In short, one suspects that Onishi and Taylor regard “Christian” and “Extremism” as interchangeable terms. With that in mind, no doubt Rolling Stone’s readers felt satisfied. After all, the story affirmed their fantasies about Christianity, Trump, Jan. 6 and every other bugbear that haunts the affluent liberal’s imagination.
You did not need to write such a long article to claim your hatred for America, its Founders, the Father of our Country, and Christianity. If your only concern is a flag that was flown during his day, then you are the odd man out in this question.— Paul A. Mancuso (@pmancuso) November 15, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.