So, James Monroe lost the election for Lawrence County DA.

For the first time in years, Brooke voted for a Republican. I voted for myself on the write-in line. He lost by more than 2 votes, so it wasn’t just us.

Even though the screenshots circulating around the media were fake, what damned him was that he couldn’t get around the widening impression that they presented a none-the-less accurate picture of his attitude. His campaign, apparently, couldn’t deny that he had ever written anything like that because it was the sort of thing that he might well have done. That he didn’t even stay around until the results were in the night of the election implies a sore loser.

People (like me) who otherwise would have voted for him, in the end didn’t because we’ve had enough of DAs here who are prone to flying off the handle and prosecuting cases based on personal whims and vendettas. Never mind the people who took the posts at face value and were offended by his remarks about religion and alcoholics.

We hear lots of public service announcements directed toward teenagers to be careful about what they post on social media. But the problem isn’t limited to teens. If Mr. Monroe had followed that advice, he might have won. One can only presume that he didn’t because he is prone to being intemperate.

More directly, to Monroe’s (neither confirmed or denied) offense against religion, they came across as rather religious in their tone. Which is to say, they were the kind of thing you would expect of someone of one religion (or even Mr. Monroe’s nemesis, Mr. Trump) attacking someone of another religion: “Sorry, your religion/God/Jesus is fake/false/evil/stupid. And so are you. So there. Nanny-nanny-boo-boo.”

Surely, you don’t have to believe in God to recognize the wisdom of Jesus, when he (not to mention other religious figures of history, who in concurrence) taught that behaving like your enemies doesn’t make you better than them. And not heeding that wisdom confirmed many other related teachings of many religions to wit: the moment you think you’re better than someone else is the moment you begin to be just as bad.

Of course, there are plenty of examples of religious folk ignoring their own versions of those teachings. That’s why they can be found so widely across religious traditions: they reflect a human condition, not a specifically religious one.