If something seems wrong, it likely is wrong. A guest columnist, writing in a local paper, complained about historian Heather Cox Richardson. He wrote “her blanket condemnation (of white American evangelicals) is dishonest partisan demagoguery.”
Heather Cox Richardson is a prominent Historian. I have read some of her writing, which I found honest, forthright, and responsible. This made me wonder to the guest columnist had a valid point. So I checked.
Did Richardson really write “white evangelicals have a Holocaust mentality and despise multiculturalism” on April 17th? She did not. The word Holocaust occurs once in Richardson’s April 17th post in another context and “mentality” never. Did Richardson really write “white evangelicals despise multiculturalism?” She did not. “Multiculturalism” occurs once in this context:
Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, an ally of Putin’s, has been open about his determination to replace the multiculturalism at the heart of democracy with Christian culture, stop the immigration that he believes undermines Hungarian culture, and reject “adaptable family models” for “the Christian family model.”
Did Richardson write that “white evangelicals are intolerant? She did not. “Intolerant” occurs nowhere in her April 17th post.
If something seems dubious, one had better check. It likely is wrong.