After a Pennsylvania church wished its Muslim neighbors a “blessed Ramadan,” a local school board member who is also a Donald Trump delegate encouraged his followers to berate the church’s pastor for speaking positively about a “godless” and “pagan” religion.
Matthew Jansen, who sits on the Spring Grove School Board, left Rev. Christopher Rodkey a voicemail calling the message board at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Dallastown “despicable,” the York Daily Record reported on Saturday. The paper also reported that Jansen was elected as a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention.
“It’s unbelievable that you would welcome them and wish them a ‘blessed Ramadan.’ Are you sick? Is there something wrong with you?” Jansen asked in audio of the voicemail published by the newspaper. Jansen also threatened to circulate a photo of the sign online.
Jansen made good on that promise in a June 11 tweet, “‘Choose your battles but if this is your hill here is the churchs’ # [sic].” He also mentioned conservative talking head Ann Coulter in the message:
— Matthew Jansen (@TheMattJansen) June 11, 2016
While Jansen did not identify himself in the voicemail, the pastor looked up Jansen with the number. Jansen told the paper that he was so angry when he made the call that he forgot to include his name.
Rodkey said he put up the message in solidarity with Muslims in the community.
“This is a church that is interested in religious tolerance,” he told the newspaper.
Listen to audio of the voicemail below, posted by the York Daily Record: