On Sunday, Drudge Report founder, Matt Drudge issued a clarion call for prayer for the dissidents of Cuba during the Pope’s visit. On Twitter, Drudge used his weekly now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t tweet to request, “a prayer for those locked up in cruel Cuba this morning for dissent, as pope basks in glow of adulation from masses.”
See it while you can because very quickly the tweet will vanish to only be found in the archives of Twitter re-tweets after more than 500 avid Drudge followers re-tweeted it. Currently, Matt Drudge deletes his tweets very shortly after he makes them. He has also shrouded his Twitter page with Gothic black; not even a profile image marks it as active.
On Monday, the Drudge Report banner pointed to an article referencing how Catholic dissidents were prevented from attending the papal mass in Havana. Earlier a Brieitbart article had mentioned how the Pope had appeared to address the plight of Catholic dissidents of Cuba with a dismissive shrug, saying, “Religious liberty is not present in all the world, there are many place that do not have it.”
However, to the Pope’s credit, a pair of well-known dissidents were invited to attend the Havana vespers and to meet with the Pope. Nonetheless, Cuban security agents barred the entry of both Marta Beatriz Roque and Miriam Leiva, citing lack of credentials. In all, it was reported that 22 of 24 dissidents who hoped to attend were blocked by the agents.
For Drudge Report trivia collectors, this will be the second time that Matt has publicly referred to his religious beliefs since he professed in 2013 to Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan that he had discovered prayer. According to Noonan, Matt shared, “It was the year I discovered prayer and it changed my life.” The first was over Easter weekend of 2014 when Matt was making a hard Drudge Report banner choice between Easter and legalized marijuana. At that time, Matt tweeted, “Lord, have mercy! Class of civilizations really on display today. Reefer or resurrection?”
Joseph Curl, a former editor who worked with Matt Drudge and Charles Hurt keeping the Drudge Report links fresh and provocative, declared that 2014 would “be the Year of God.” Since then Curl has left the Drudge Report, with Matt’s blessing, to launch the Washington Times “Right Word.”
Charles Hurt, who still works with the Drudge Report, also nodded to his faith when he quoted the Bible to President Obama regarding Obama’s ” My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. In his own Washington Times column, Hurt wrote, “So, Mr. President, instead of wasting our time with sermons on how we can be better keepers of our brother, why don’t you study up on another verse in the Bible. Matthew 7:5?”
Though some critics question whether Matt Drudge is grandstanding or genuinely faith filled, most are focused upon the political motives and ideology of the Pope. Drudge follower, Marlena, tweeted, ” This Pope gets more secular each day. Next stop, UN (God help us).”