This letter is in response to Rev. Dan Brandt’s letter “Celebrate Diversity.” (Press & Dakotan, Nov. 1)

 A quick Google search of Pastor Brandt’s previous letters to various newspapers in the region, one including “How low can Republican’s go?” written to the Mitchell Daily Republic Jan. 20, 2018, makes me sad to think of the division he is creating among his own parishioners that may be Republican.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware our politics today dig deep into an individual’s moral code. However, I’d be interested to hear how Rev. Dan Brandt justifies his beloved Democrat parties view on abortion? Or gay marriage? What about slavery?

Furthermore, Pastor Brandt outright calling President Trump a racist against Mexicans is a stretch. If you actually go back and read or watch what the president said about Mexico and its citizens illegally crossing our border or pay any attention to how the president lives, you’d know better than to truly believe that Trump is a racist.

These statements from Pastor Brandt sound awfully judgemental. Doesn’t the Bible teach against judgement? Or did they teach him in theology class how to judge another man’s heart by watching him on the news?

He makes statements about Rounds and Noem being so unkind to a black president. Couldn’t be because they simply didn’t agree with him, regardless of the color of his skin? And didn’t I see children in cages when Obama was president? Why YES, I did!

Also, Pastor please check your ego at the door. You’re making sure every one knows how you play a role in encouraging diversity with your stories of helping a family from Cambodia settle in Phoenix and plugging in how you “reach out” to “diverse persons” in restaurants, sounds like the Pharisees to me.

Pastor, take heart. Christians who follow their Bible love their neighbor and that is a very bipartisan thing.

(35) comments

Red Cloud

Well, Ms. Fillaus, Maybe you can’t look into a man’s heart, but you can surely listen to what comes out of his mouth. 🏹And you can see who is affected by what he does. And it’s clear that America’s avowed racists think your man is a racist. Hate crimes again minorities have exploded during his reign. 🏹Why do you suppose the GOP - the former “Party of Lincoln” - has become the Party of White People? 🏹Did you see the results of last years elections? I’ve never seen so many self-righteous white faces in one room. Except in one of South Dakota’s Euro-American immigrant Churches. 🏹

ClownsRus

How amusing - another judgmental Christian writes to whine self-righteously about another Christian being judgmental. You people are so funny.

Jolly Roger

★ Hey, at least Ms. Fillaus isn’t calling for Rev. Brandt to be burned at the stake. It’s slow progress (over 2000 years), but it’s better than nothing.

OnTheFence2020

How does any of this help further Christian understanding?

La Voz

The take away from what I can tell is... You can not judge another man's heart.

Oh Jesus

You got the first part, “Do unto others...” Do you remember the rest of it?

antiteaparty

Heather doesn't think Dump is racist. No, referring to a whole group of people as murderers and rapists does not make one a racist. Saying immigrants come from s*it-hole countries doesn't make him a racist. Remember when he called Finland a s*hit-hole country? Heather thinks it is really cool that the Dump administration caged up 70,000 kids in the last year because Obummer did it too (albeit never at the 70,000 number). Heather judges Rev. Brandt for being judgmental.

La Voz

I didn't see her as judgemental but warning against it

antiteaparty

So, when she says she would like to here Brandt's views on abortion and g*y marriage she is not judging? I'm pretty sure angelic Heather has already predetermined Brandt's views on those. She is judging, claiming her version of Christianity is superior to Brandt's.

sickofyouall

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 . Shut up and think about this, all of you.

Jolly Roger

★ Hey, Sick. Welcome to the fray. There‘s always room for one more self-righteous, judgmental Bible thumper.

MidwestLife

Just like there is always room for more computer warriors, like you!

sickofyouall

Good one Rev. Dan.

Jolly Roger

★ Welcome, Midwest! At least you and I can be jerks without some random piece of scripture like “sickofyouall” uses to express her righteous Christian disdain. Good to have you back!

sdtwinsfan_63

Good Job Heather!!

From what I hear through the grapevine Mr. Brandt is 100% Liberal and POTUS #44 could do No Wrong.

I don't mind him writing his opinion plus he does have 1st amendment rights to allow himself too express his view. I wish he would drop ( Rev ) phrase if your the leader of the flock of a church people are there to learn about the gospel not learn about politics because they determined at the polls.

E pluribus

Hi, sdtwinsfan_63, welcome. You haven’t posted in a while. I notice your objection is exactly the charge leveled at the pre-Civil War abolitionist clergy and later in the 1960’s it was again made against the clergy supporting Civil Rights. Your objections to Rev. Brandt follow a well-established historic precedent. So here is my question: Today’s leaders of Evangelical Christians are full-throated in their support of this President. Does your advice to a liberal minister apply to right-wing clergy as well?

sdtwinsfan_63

E, Glad I have a Fan who welcomes a debate. Well If a Clergy is on TV and their political views something go for it, there on both sides left and right. My simple point to the Rev, is either he has the congregation of a Trump rally or a tent, just say Dan, but he gets way more attention to by using Rev so keep stirring the bowl. E, if you don't mind Rev Brandt basically calling all Republican's Satins then E I will call him on it, all I ask is he sweeps his own door step and I'll tend to mine. I didn't vote for 44 but still was my POTUS, since you may not like 45 suck it up like we had too when 44 was in charge.

Since you brought a history lesson the pre civil war I personally would been on the North's side, the 60's was a terrible lesson in US history too many Tragic events happened. E to answer your question I have not seen a right wing Rev or Pastor say anything in this paper, but I'm sure to be corrected by you, but just for you I will keep an eye out for them. ok!

E pluribus

sdtwinsfan_63, I personally I don’t care if clergy with opinions want to use their titles - regardless of their political leanings. But when I asked whether your advice to a liberal minister like Rev. Dan might apply to right wing clergy as well, I wasn’t referring to these pages alone. Surely, you're aware that many Evangelical clergy speak publicly in support of this administration and it’s policies. Do you feel they should refrain from using their titles when they do so? A straightforward Yes or No would do. But if you see a finer distinction than either, 👍or 👎 please explain.

antiteaparty

This is a compelling argument to revoke church tax exemptions...

sdtwinsfan_63

E pluribus, I have not seen a right wing post from a clergy in this paper like rev dan has posted.

If I did I would say something but since I didn't or haven't I feel it would be more effective if someone would leave there title off on a political views, on a different issues sure use it. Know your talking about the current administration yes I see them but you refer to there polices.? POTUS 44 had clergy as well and that could another topic. The current, past and future administrations will always have clergy influence to what I see. My answer to your question I would be offended if I saw a right wing pastor say things like Dan Brandt, and I would say something to the right Yes in this paper. We are all human and sinners plus we have loving God who forgives our sins he sent his son to die on the Cross.

dmilroy

You must not have been around during the marriage equality debate: https://www.yankton.net/opinion/letters/article_bd54d2be-c92f-11e4-8884-337295f8a8ca.html

https://www.yankton.net/opinion/letters/article_ee427854-d1db-11e4-8906-27558f85f82f.html

https://www.yankton.net/opinion/article_cb6f42f7-fede-5ec9-80f9-b0acf4083d37.html

ClownsRus

I’ll say this, sickofyouall, don’t let anyone say you’re good for nothing. You’re certainly good for a laugh. How long did the focus group work to come up with that exquisite name? Is it supposed to make us want to listen to your Biblical ramblings? I’m guessing you weren’t ever selected as the president of the Debate Club or voted Class President.

DLJohnson

Seems that this has turned into the "town square" pulpit of anti-white racist rant. You would think that people, who are supposedly intelligent, could have a discussion without the word racist in it. I know that it takes far more effort and though but it seems that some find it easier to just throw out the "word" and not actually debate the merits of the issue.

Red Cloud

Another Euro-American immigrant ignores the racist GOP elephant in the room with a laughable appeal to “debate the merits of the issue.” 🏹How easy to appeal for calm and reasonable inaction from your safe and secure position at the top of America’s racial pecking order.

DLJohnson

Red Cloud: Aren't you, by definition, being racist , by using Euro-American immigrant and declaring that there is a racist elephant in the room. As far as racial pecking order....you get far more favorable attention than I do. The government is constantly taking from me what little I have. I am happy if it goes to those who truly need it and helps them survive. I am insulted when it goes to people who in turn bad mouths me and others like me when we have not done anything negative to them.

If you have a problem with the government, then direct you negative B.S. to the government. BTW I was born here. My great grandparents may have immigrated here, but that's them. I did not immigrate. I'm sure your ancestors may have "migrated" here from the first nations people of the north (Canada) after coming from Eurasia over the Beringia land bridge. Or due to northern migration of the tribes from the south of Mexico, Latin America and South America.

At this point in time and history, wouldn't that make you and I equally native to where we were born? Keep being a wedge that divides if you choose, it's your right.

antiteaparty

Let's all take a moment to reflect on the terrible racism that DLJohnson has experienced in his life. Such a hard life poor DL has been subject to.

DLJohnson

Antiteaparty: Just say thank you and be gone with you.

antiteaparty

Nah, I think I'll stick around for a while. Your ludicrous arguments provide me with hours of entertainment.

Jolly Roger

Hi, DLJ. Always glad to act as a devil's advocate where you’re concerned. I hear you whining about “people who in turn bad mouth me and others like me when we have not done anything negative to them.” But try this thought puzzle: Suppose - just suppose - that our forebears taking an entire continent from its original inhabitants who’d been here countless millennia before we arrived just might - just maybe - still be an issue for the descendants of those dispossessed? In South Dakota that was just a few generations ago. Just a thought, big guy. Can you wrap your Boomer mind around that? So easy to let bygones be bygones when we’re the victors, isn’t it.

DLJohnson

Jolly Roger: If you feel so much guilt for what your ancestors did, by all means feel free to leave this land or end your life in retribution. You have the right to do that and I would not stop you. How can we progress to a future if we live in the past. The past should provide us lessons to move forward in a positive way but not be a"prison" for us to constantly relive the past.

E pluribus

DLJ, I think the point is this: While living in the past isn’t useful (as you interpret what Jolly R is telling you), denying the past and how it affects the present is just as useless. How serious do you look comparing your family’s several generations here in the New World to the millennia indigenous peoples have been here?

E pluribus

Oh, one more thing, DLJ - if you must keep trading insults with Jolly R, here’s a little tip: “guilt” and “shame” probably aren’t emotions that mean too much to our doughty prairie pirate. The crux of successful insulting is to attack a weakness felt by your adversary - not a vulnerability that might mean something to you. You know the saying, “Don’t mud-wrestle with a pig. The pig is better at it than you are, and he likes getting dirty.” And Jolly R knows you don’t want to get that uniform dirty. Your responses to his previous ridicule tipped him off that it’s a sore point. Maybe you should change your avatar to something less vulnerable to ridicule now that you’ve revealed it’s a weakness.

DLJohnson

E pluribus: Are you saying that we should start to demand retribution from Native Americans for the whites massacred during the Native American uprising of the late 1800's?

E pluribus

Not really. But I don’t think a comparison of body counts will help wherever you think you’re going with this discussion. But it’s way to late to undo the genocide visited upon the American Indian. This “original sin” of America can’t be undone. That’s just a reality. Any bleeding heart who feels burdened by guilt (and that’s not me) has no realistic way to undo History. But it’s not useful to deny it.

DLJohnson

E pluibus: Thanks for letting us know that Jolly Roger is a pig. Maybe it's time for a Luau, prepare the imu and roast the pig.

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