Catholic League member Michael Barnes of Spearfish, South Dakota, didn’t appreciate the humor of a local writer and let him know it. Harlan Schmidt of the Black Hills Pioneer derided the Eucharist when he offered the quip, “The local Lutherans and Catholic merge. For communion they serve lutefisk and corned beef.”
Barnes immediately wrote to the newspaper and called Schmidt. He quickly got an apology in the newspaper. It is clear that the writer meant no harm, but it is also clear that he learned a lesson. Good going, Mike.