The room is filled with supporters, and reporters, and the cameras are rolling. The pastor is speaking his mind, and also venting his spleen. His remarks may have begun in a low-key tone -- the academic, explaining to the nervous and the unaware -- but now he’s fielding questions, and the questions seem crafted to provoke.
He hardly needs the encouragement. He has an answer for every question, and the answers are much smarter than the questions, because he knows his turf, and his questioners clearly do not. His answers are clever, often curt, sometimes mocking.
“See how ignorant they are!” is his (barely) unspoken message. “See how little they know of us!”