Metcalfe’s real-life Loki?

You may recall that I reported a story a few days ago about a state representative named Daryl Metcalfe who was to be “honored” with a “Christian Soldier” award from a white supremacist group. Well, there’s more to that story, it seems, and it’s starting to smell funny.

For the past month, Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, has been the subject of an anonymous letter-writing campaign that appears to be run by a white supremacist group called the White Christian Nation…

The group’s letters bear names of people who cannot be found and two post office boxes in Erie that apparently don’t exist…

Meanwhile, the group — or someone who sends mail from Erie with a similar habit of spelling the word “Muslim” as “Muslin” — has sent another letter.

Hmm, I call Loki.

It’s possible that this is indeed the work of a white supremacist group (whose membership could be as low as 1 or 2). But the anonymity, the bogus names and addresses, and other factors, suggest that this is likely the work of a lone crank, possibly faking white supremacist convictions to embarass Metcalfe.

The new letter claims that at first, [Metcalfe campaign manager James] Powers was eager to help organize the rally on Metcalfe’s behalf. Then, after a few exchanges, Metcalfe and Powers purportedly cut off contact with the White Christian Nation — but not before accepting $600 in cash from the group : a $500 campaign donation and $100 to reserve the Adams park for the rally.

“This is still not over as our members are (angered),” the letter says.

Adams [Township] supervisors said they were also sent $100 in cash as the price of reserving the park, but because no one has come to sign for the park permit in person, the deal remains unresolved.

According to the letter, the rally now looks like it will be canceled but members of White Christian Nation “may attend some of Metcalfe’s fundraisers in the near future.”

According to one report, this strange saga may have been prompted by Metcalfe’s remarks last month in opposition to a resolution honoring a Muslim group.

Metcalfe held up voting on a routine House proclamation honoring the 60th annual convention in Harrisburg of a Muslim group, saying he wouldn’t vote for the measure because Muslims “do not recognize Jesus Christ as God.”

Metcalfe later said his comments were reported out of context. He said his comments were aimed at the wording of the resolution, not at the beliefs of Muslims.

“I was commenting on William Penn’s vision of a ‘Godly society,’” Metcalfe told the VND earlier this month…

“The resolution would have had you believe that William Penn’s views were the same as Muslims’, and that’s simply not true,” Metcalfe said.

Ah, so Muslims can’t have a godly society because they don’t accept Jesus as God. It’s good to know that Metcalfe legitimately earned his white supremacist Christian Soldier award, even if it does turn out that it was awarded by an imposter.

 
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