Hatmaker was specifically named-dropped in the piece—and the timing wasn’t at all accidental. The popular pastor/writer/blogger has recently received tremendous castigation from within a Christian pop culture machine who’d previously been enamored with her—as she’s publicly affirmed the LGBTQ and pushed back against much of the hypocrisy she’s witnessed in organized Christianity.
John’s post alerted me to a situation that I–not spending much time in the Evangelical Christian blogosphere–was not aware of. I found Jen Hatmaker’s blog, read how she’s suffering from this persecution from so-called “Christians,” and left a comment to help her mend.
I also subscribed to follow-up comments. One left this evening was particularly disturbing: Somebody left a comment linking to a horrid blog post about Ms. Hatmaker, and said it was the “best response yet.” The tone of both the commenter and the blogger reminded me of the trolls who came around here a few months ago, and how they normally treat their usual target. It’s a huge red flag of narcissism and/or sociopathy, so commonplace around the Net these days.
Here is the comment I left for John Pavlovitz: