The leaders of Minnesota's Republican and Democratic parties tangled on Twitter Wednesday and Thursday over religion and racism. It began with a tweet from DFL Party chair Ken Martin:
So many times in my life I have been disgusted by my church, today is not one of them. Pope &The Power Of Compassion- http://t.co/M6AtMaSJyv— Ken Martin (@kenmartin73) November 7, 2013
To which Republican Party Secretary Chris Fields responded:
.@kenmartin73 Disgusted really? Shame on you!! The Church is the Body of Christ. Show some respect not your ignorance.— chrisfields (@ChrisFieldsMN) November 7, 2013
And then Fields and Martin got into it:
(Last week Fields had said that he did not find offense in an Facebook image that used the slave trade to make a point.)
.@kenmartin73 R u the arbiter of all racial discourse and capable of judging the entire Catholic Church for the actions of a few? Who knew?— chrisfields (@ChrisFieldsMN) November 7, 2013
@ChrisFieldsMN is doubling down on his defense of the pro-slavery pic & misdeeds of the Catholic Church.He is the gift that keeps on giving!— Ken Martin (@kenmartin73) November 7, 2013
.@kenmartin73 ppl may disagree with the Church at times but they disagree with you more and Blacks wont put up with foodstamps much longer— chrisfields (@ChrisFieldsMN) November 7, 2013
After an evening of back and forth, Martin and Fields let it drop.
But Republican Party chair Keith Downey picked up the fight on Thursday morning:
To be continued?