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Friday, 3 January 2014

Bill Muehlenberg and the Sin of Omission

In his desperate rush to blame anything and everything on gay people, Muehlenberg, in his article "A Culture of Bullying and Intolerance" - where, remarkably, he isn't talking about himself - he opens with characteristic understatement:
We now know without the slightest doubt that the homosexual militants are a pack of bullies who thrive on intimidation, stand-over tactics, and thuggery. And they are clearly one of the most intolerant groups on the planet. They have declared war on every single person on earth who refuses to bow down before their agenda.
Most people in the west at least don't have the slightest problem with gay people, yet the sheer fact that they exist is such an affront to Muehlenberg that his rage spills over into this ludicrous hyperbole. Apparently gay people have "declared war". Well, I don't see any tanks or bloodshed, do you?

So what's grinding Muehlenberg's gears this time? It's the suspension of uneducated bigoted redneck Phil Robertson from the A&E show "Duck Dynasty" for certain comments he made:
For having the audacity to actually proclaim in public what the Bible says about the issue of homosexuality, all hell has broken loose, with the A&E network suspending Phil Robertson from his own show a few weeks ago. A storm of protest rightly erupted over this nasty bit of intolerance, and the network was forced to back down.
You'd think, judging by Muehlenberg's claim, that all Robertson did was attack gay people, and that right-wing Christian nutters have fought back, defending Robertson's right to be a homophobic cunt. This is indeed what Muehlenberg states:
It all serves as yet another clear illustration of the culture of intolerance and bullying which has sprung up all over the West, primarily at the hands of the militant homosexual lobby. They think they own the world, and can push their agenda with impunity, and smash all dissent along the way.
He then uses his favourite insult against gay people, "homonazis" (Bill hates name-calling, of course, but only when it's directed against Christian nutters. Hypocrisy, as ever, the bedfellow of the religionist), and claims:
...for every action there is a reaction, and most folks in America at least have had a gutful of these bullies trying to coerce everyone else to embrace their perverted agenda.
Perverted agenda! Nice! So much for tolerance, decency and respect.

It's what Bill doesn't mention that's telling. I left a comment on his website asking him for his opinion on Phil Robertson's racist comments.

What??? RACIST COMMENTS?

Yes, as well as making deeply homophobic comments, Robertson also made deeply racist comments, claiming that black people were just fine before the Civil Rights Movement. Here's what he said:
I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.
So according to Phil Robertson, Martin Luther King was wasting his time, and Rose Parks should have given up her seat on the bus.

What's fascinating is that the Christian zealots who have come out in force, Muehlenberg included, have COMPLETELY IGNORED these racist comments, and instead used Robertson's bigoted interview to defend their own deeply bigoted views. A generation ago, these Christians would have used their "faith" to defend their racist views. Now they know they can't get away with it, so they turn to the last outpost for their "acceptable" ugly bigotry - homophobia.

Muehlenberg, and all the other Xtian zealots, casually pretend that Phil Robertson didn't make any racist comments, and completely IGNORE this aspect of his interview, telling their followers that Robertson was merely defending his faith by launching an attack on the dignity of gay people.

It is pathetic that Muehlenberg is so desperate to attack gay people at every conceivable opportunity that he would stoop as low as this, deliberately being economical with the truth and deliberately deceiving his readers as to what Robertson said.

In the same interview, Robertson compares Shintoism, the Japanese religion of ancestral worship, to Nazism. He's not just bigoted about gay people, but black people and the Japanese too. Nice guy.

Muehlenberg sees Robertson's re-instatement to the reality show as a victory for "free speech" - even though Phil Robertson is entitled to his opinion, and other people (A&E, say) are entitled to suspend him for his expression of free speech, which is no infringement upon his rights.

Muehlenberg would probably also agree with some of Phil Robertson's other statements, such as that men should take their wives when they're no older than 16, so that they can better control them. Yet you can bet your last dollar that if Robertson were gay and talking about finding a male partner, Muehlenberg would have jumped up and down claiming paedophilia. Such is the selectiveness and hypocrisy of Muehlenberg's position, which he expresses through foul language, aggressiveness and deliberate hostility towards gay people.

Muehlenberg is welcome to come here and defend his decision not to mention Phil Robertson's racist comments, and he is welcome to defend his deceit, hypocrisy and bigotry.

5 comments:

  1. But without his deceit, hypocrisy and bigotry he'd be nothing.

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  2. Good discussion but there is a common theme that cuts right through his blog, now and previously - that of freedom of religion. He is continually whining that his religious ideas are not the law of the land. He believes in theocracy but only of his particular interpretation of Catholicism. He has rigid ideas about The Truth but belongs to a religion that hasn't resembled anything from the Bible for thousands of years thanks to being putty in the hands of various like-minded theocrats.

    It’s his way or persecution and that’s his idea of freedom of religion.

    What amuses me about Muehlenberg is he either hasn't read all of the New Testament or he is singlehandedly trying to prevent the 'prophecies' of Revelations from occurring.

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    1. That's him in a nutshell! Thanks for commenting. And yes, freedom of religion doesn't mean religious folk can do what they like and treat others however they see fit; it has to equally accommodate freedom from religion. Muehlenberg's ideal society would be a theocracy with him in charge. A scary and dangerous man.

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  3. Wow... the last time I saw a critique of this standard was by delinquents in high school but they were barely literate.

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    1. Wow, that's such a concise and thorough withering put-down, gopal. You've really put me in my place and made me feel like a complete idiot. How did I not spot all the valid points and criticisms you make?

      LOL. As usual, the best you religionists can do is a poorly-executed ad hominem.

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