I ran across this the trailer to the film “Mister America” while reading Louis Proyect’s blog and was fascinated with this satirical performance piece by the actor/comedian/writer/musician Tim Heidecker. Heidecker plays a variation of himself, eschewing a character name. Proyect likens the performance to something similar to the late Andy Kaufman and it is easy to see the similarities.
Heidecker (I’m referring to the character) decides to run for District Attorney in San Bernardino County, California, though he isn’t a lawyer, doesn’t live in the county, and was prosecuted for the murder of 18 people who bought toxic e-cigarettes from him at a music festival he organized. He’s not in jail due to a mistrial. Still, he wants to get back at the DA that almost sent him to prison by challenging him in an election.
Dear Frank Can I call you Frank? This is just pastor to pastor. Feel free to call me Peter. Anyway, I have to say I was flattered when I learned that your Decision America Tour took a detour off the beaten path to call upon us “small community churches.” We are nothing if not small. […]
I was meaning to address this grave problem with my fellow Christians back in September of 2016 when I received Franklin Graham’s Decision 2016 Election Specialin the mail. I don’t subscribe to any publications by the Billy Graham organization, but since I am a Christian, I guess some targeted advertising group pointed the publishers my way. I never did respond to this disgraceful publication that attempts to tell the brethren, in so many words, that Donald Trump was a more Godly choice for a president than Hillary Clinton. I may have used Twitter and/or Facebook to object, but nothing detailed like this open letter.
Let me be perfectly clear, I was no fan of Clinton. I couldn’t stand her neo-liberal politics and hawkish approach towards the Middle-East. I couldn’t see her being any better a president than Obama. Also, I can see some fundamentalist Christians taking exception to her as a prospective president, but I would hope if Graham couldn’t get behind Clinton as a “lesser of two evils” option he would at least be quiet this presidential election. After all, Trump did an excellent job revealing to the American public he was lacking in Christian character.
Read this open letter below from a pastor who calls himself “Peter” printed in Trinity’s Portico that says all the things I wanted to say and more when I flipped through Graham’s mailer in anger and frustration.