Posted on | December 26, 2013 | 43 Comments
Many days, I Watch MSNBC So You Don’t Have To™, but it’s not safe for children and the kids are out of school this week, so I wasn’t watching Monday when the World’s Worst Network featured this:
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity and the rest of those folks ought to be ashamed of themselves. And gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people ought to speak up and link their own fate to African-American people because ultimately we’re in the thing together.
What twisted travesty of logic is this? Dyson is a Professor at Georgetown University, which is another reason you should never let your kids attend Georgetown University, but it got worse:
Jesus was a Jew who, around whom a religion was made. So the anti-Semitism of many of the Christians is ironic to begin with.
(Note the casualness with which Professor Dyson smears “many of the Christians” with the accusation of anti-Semitism.)
And then secondly, the gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual stuff — look through the Bible. There’s a lot of interesting things. The same men who will stand up in the church of all men. “I put my God, Jesus, overall women. I love him more than I love her.”
Hmmm. Do you really? That sounds interestingly homoerotic to people who are outside your religious traditions. I’m not suggesting it is but I’m suggesting that there are some very interesting, subtle, narrative tensions within the Bible itself and within Christianity beyond that.
Wait a doggone minute! Did you just gay-bait Christians while condemning their alleged “bigotry”? Ed Morrissey remarks:
This is the kind of commentary that only occurs in profoundly unserious circles, with MSNBC among the leading examples. I doubt that Dyson buys this schtick, which is just intended to tweak Christians who believe that Corinthians is scripture by using the “you guys are so gay!” insult, but it’s more an insult to his own audience.
BTW, notice how Professor Dyson feels obligated to do the full laundry list — “gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people” — as if each subcategory must be name-checked? It’s as though he fears that, if he merely said “gay people,” the network would get angry e-mail from angry lesbians, radical transgenders and militant bisexuals who felt snubbed by the omission. But the connotation of the word “gay” as a synonym for “homosexual” obviously includes lesbians, too. The “transgendered community” is a tiny decimal-point fraction of a percent, a minority so small as to be quite nearly invisible were it not for all the media hype. And as for bisexuals, everybody hates them, including gays and lesbians who are offended by their (usually closeted) indecisiveness.
Liberals like Professor Michael Eric Dyson can exist only within environments like media and academia, where the fundamental absurdities of their rhetoric are never directly challenged.