Cal Thomas airs out some of his haunted hate mail

Thomas_CalA friend of this blog, Rod Dreher of the Dallas Morning News, recently posted a fun shout out on behalf of conservative columnist Cal Thomas.

Thomas, you see, has done something online that is quite interesting, and entertaining to boot. The former Moral Majority press aide has dedicated a page of his own WWW site to the hate mail that he receives from the all-tolerant people who like to condemn him for his lack of tolerance. Well, to tell the truth, it also seems that he gets angry mail from the right as well. Let’s assume that anyone way, way right of Thomas is pretty dang conservative. Take this crisp dose of venom:

Mr, You are freaking sellout! You go to church on Sunday and 6 of the other days you do the Jews work. Youre a damned disgrace!

Nice, huh? In addition to providing lively reading, the Thomas hate mail library also offers insights into a group of Americans who do not receive their fair share of press coverage — the angry religious left. These are people who live by the credo: “There are people in the world who do not love everyone the way that they should, and I hate people like that.” Here is a lively example.

Your god must be one gigantic dirtbag to have produced such a hate filled follower as yourself, I have a feeling you dont really know much of Jesus or care much about his teachings to expouse some of the hatred you preach.I have a question for you.What in your life has made you such a hate filled person?From the continuous smirk on your face, I get the impression you dont really believe or at least follow Gods word but some darker power.You really seem to be one evil person. Heres knowing you will one day burn in hell,If I were you, Id be buried in 55 gallon barrel of barbecue sauce your going to need it sparky. You really are slimey Bob

Thomas, of course, primarily writes columns about the intersection of social, moral, religious and political issues. So it is impossible not to notice the degree to which his hate mail centers on issues of religious faith and the Sexual Revolution.

Thus, the religion ghosts are flying around — right out there in the open.

This is fitting, since coverage of religion and sex is the hot territory in media bias studies these days (more on the latest blast of data from Pew in the near future). The closer you get to the Bible and the bedroom, the louder the shouting gets on both sides.

Dreher has reached the same conclusion down in modern Dallas. Thus, he composed this handy-dandy generic hate letter, summing up the best of the worst from his email bag. Actually, I think Dreher went soft on the religion angle in this.

You are a right-wing idiot. How stupid you are! Keep your rosaries off my ovaries, you stupid idiot who is right-wing. You right-wing homophobic stupid Musliim-bashing idiot who loves Bush, another idiot. Idiot-idiot love, that’s the two of you. Did I mention that you are a Nazi? P.S. You’re an idiot.

I wonder if other columnists could follow Thomas’ lead on this. What would high-end hate mail sound like? What about a best-of site for Andrew Sullivan hate mail? Or Mark Steyn? Bring it on.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • MrAcheson

    “There are people in the world who do not love everyone the way that they should, and I hate people like that.”

    Did you intend to quote Tom Lehrer or was it an accident?

  • tmatt

    Accident. I had heard that quote before through Stephen Bates, using it as an “old saying.” I would LOVE TO KNOW the source and refernce. Do you have it?

  • Joe

    “The closer you get to the Bible and the bedroom, the louder the shouting gets on both sides.” Now that you’ve written (appropriately) of the meanness of much of the “angry religious left,” will you follow suit with a piece about the “angry religious right”? If you’ve done one, I’ve missed it. I thought I might turn up a piece on any number of topics, for example, the rhetoric of the religion blogger ranked #1 in popularity, Mark Shea, who the last time I checked was equating gays and feminists to Nazis at about the rate of once or twice per day.

  • tmatt


    This is actually a very interesting point. I tend to read traditional Christian blogs — mainly CT, the various Baptist wires, Open Book, etc. — and rarely ever hit the hard-core right stuff. What angry RELIGIOUS sites do you think I should visit that deal with the news media?

  • Joe

    I recommend following Shea’s blog for at least two weeks. Mark Shea’s “Catholic and Enjoying It!” is the #1 religion blog in popularity, voted #1 Catholic blogger last year at St. Blogs, etc., and he writes critically about the godless media virtually every day. His is the angriest religious right site I know, but not the only one. He’s so prolific, he tends to link to other sites (Catholic sites anyway) whenever they have something suitably angry to say, so it saves one some surfing.

  • craig

    The Tom Lehrer quote is from the album That Was The Year That Was, the lyrics of which someone appears to have transcribed here.

  • ELC

    “I recommend following Shea’s blog for at least two weeks.” So do I! I love it. He never misses a chance to point out when homosexualists try to silence those who make even the slightest attempt to stand in the way of, or to make the slightest criticism of, the continued sexual perversification of our culture. That’s why Shea calls them brownshirts: they are brownshirts.

  • Harry Willems

    Mr.Thomas: I suspect that you get positive email when people agree with you, and this is no exception. As an Anabaptist (Mennonite Brethren) I’ve, on more than one occasion, talked about changing America one person at a time, not by legislation. We’re failing as a society not because we don’t have the right laws, or the right Constitutional Ammendments, but because we as Christians are focused on the easier road of protest rather than “making new creations.” I’ve made the case for the political power game too. Without people with changed worldviews i.e. changed lives, we set up an us against them situation that we are bound to loose if we believe the world is getting worse and not better. I suspect too that one’s view of end times, the rapture etc. influence how one perceives Christ’s Kingdon; coming before, mid or after the trib. You are correct, we need to change lives, not laws.

    Harry Willems

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