Monday Smackdown: Nick Kristof and the New York Times: Shakezulu Does the Intellectual Garbage Collection
Live from the Journamalists' Self-Made Gehenna: "Kristof isn’t arguing for or against more conservative voices around the university table...:
...This is yet another round of You call yourself progressive? Then kiss this rabid skunk. Normal people know that kissing a rabid skunk, eating a peanut butter & crap sandwich or whatever the litmus test de l’heure happens to be, has zero to do with anything. But the Kristofs of the world like to devise these tests and shout J’accuse! when the subjects refuse to participate....
Aww, look! He made a straw university for his straw progressives to attend! That’s dedication to the craft:
O.K., that’s a little harsh. But consider George Yancey, a sociologist who is black and evangelical.
O.K., I will do that very thing Here’s Dr. Yancey on Christianophobia:
As a sociologist whose research focuses on race and religion, I was curious to know more about cultural progressive activists, individuals who oppose the political agenda of conservative Christians, and their views on the Christian Right. In 2009, I conducted an online survey of nearly 4,000 people who tended to fall into this politically progressive, highly educated, white and wealthy demographic.
Their attitudes reflected the negativity toward Christians found in earlier research, with some particularly extreme and troubling remarks. Responding to open-ended questions, they said: ‘Churches and houses of religion should be designated as nuclear test zones.’ ‘Kill them all, let their god sort them out.’ ‘The only good Christian is a dead Christian.’ I cannot determine by my data the percentage of Americans with such a level of vitriol, but judging by the comments, it’s not a trivial amount.
This is one of those times when sarcasm fails me and I can only LOL in wonder at the ease with which someone shovels a veritable Denali of bullshit.