Recently Elizabeth Scalia, “The Anchoress,” penned a defense of snark:

Nathaniel snarks, “can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

The niceniks would be all over that. What a mean thing to say about someone he didn’t even know! What a hurtful remark to the people who live in Nazareth!

. . .

In fact, Jesus said many things that probably make our modern niceniks squirm in the pews: “Let the dead bury the dead!” (But Jesus, how dismissive!); “I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother. . .” (You’re so divisive!); “Shake the dust from your feet as a testimony against them!” (Hater!); “Get thee behind me, Satan,” (Jesus! Peter was just trying to be nice!).

She forgets an even more “mean,” un-PC comment made by our Lord:

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

(Matthew 10:34)

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