Silver or Gold?

October 21, 2009

Biblical allusions are common in American politics. Before using one, however, it is probably a good idea to at least make sure to get it correct. Consider this comment from an article about the Republican primary race for Florida's U.S. Senate seat:

"He was Judas to the Republican Party in the state of Florida and across the country," says Robin Stublen, 53, of Punta Gorda, co-state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, a loose national coalition. "He sold us out for 13 pieces of gold."
The statement was intended to be an attack on Florida's Governor--and frontrunner in the Senate race--Charlie Crist. However, it seems to say more about the speaker. After all, Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver not 13 pieces of gold! It is bad enough to use such a loaded religious analogy in a political campaign, but it is pretty sad when he cannot even get the reference correct.