This was going to Walt Baker, the CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, who sent his close friends an email joke the punchline of which is that Michelle Obama is actually Tarzan’s monkey, and then defended himself by saying, “It’s not a political statement.” As Trace Sharp says, “Alright Baker, we will call it what it is and that is racist. Either way, the bottom line is by him even defending it is as baffling and not very good business for the state.”
It raises a lot of questions–does Baker not know that black people go on vacation and might like to come to Tennessee to see some stuff? Does he not care that likening a black woman to a monkey is not going to make black people feel predisposed to spending money in ways that will benefit Baker? Does he really not get that it’s racist? And, if he doesn’t, how nice must that be to be able to live your whole life and rise to considerable power in your community without having to learn any history?
But just when you think there cannot be any bigger a douchebag in this state today than Walt Baker, along comes Preacher Jonathan Hatcher whose Conner Heights Baptist Church over in Pigeon Forge is distributing literature that claims that the Pope is an anti-Christ and that all Catholics are going to Hell. When made aware of local priest, Father Jay Flaherty’s concerns that this kind of material could instigate anti-Catholic violence, Hatcher replied, “This is an isolated event where just one believer had an obligation to share with a Catholic friend, in a difference of what we believe.”
An obligation?! An obligation to distribute literature designed to make Catholics in your community hated and feared?
“Jesus commands me to instigate violence against you while at the same time renouncing violence.”
Nice loophole you’ve managed to create for yourself to relieve yourself of any moral responsibility, Mr. Hatcher. I’m sure that loophole will be very comforting to you if you end up getting someone hurt.
And it is because of the very real possibility of violence instigated by the widespread distribution of this nonsense that I have to give Hatcher the top spot as Douchebag of the Day. You’re lucky, Baker. Any other day and it’d be you.