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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Explained: why Bill Muehlenberg is a hater and a bigot

Could there possibly be a rational explanation for Bill Muehlenberg's extremist views and hatred of minorities? Until recently I didn't think so, and to be fair it could just be as simple as that he's an awful person: but I have recently been reading about a psychiatric condition and with every word I read I thought: Bill Muehlenberg.

He has paranoid personality disorder.

The condition, which is congenital, is characterised by extreme suspicion of others.
Individuals with Paranoid Personality Disorder falsely believe that they are being victimized by others. They are highly critical of others, yet hypersensitive to criticism of themselves.
Uncanny. Bill is always talking about the "war" that he is "fighting" that "the other side started". He cannot tolerate any form of criticism of his views or beliefs, and reacts very angrily whenever anyone challenges him. As this blog has repeatedly proven, he resorts to censorship of comments when his allegations are challenged.
Minor slights arouse major hostility, and the hostile feelings persist for a long time. Their combative and suspicious nature may elicit a hostile response in others, which then serves to confirm their original expectations.
Take a look at the way Muehlenberg interacts with others, even fellow Christians who disagree with him. It ain't pretty. See An Encounter With Bill Muehlenberg for an insight into how he interacts with others.
Individuals with Paranoid Personality Disorder are generally difficult to get along with and often have problems with close relationships because of their excessive suspiciousness and hostility. They usually are unable to collaborate well with others at work. 
Yes, Bill used to work at Monash University, but his extremist views made his position there untenable. He's only capable of working on his own, or with fellow extremists who shore up his paranoia.
They may have a need to have a high degree of control over those around them.
Well, we know that Bill has even removed the "your comment is awaiting moderation" feature to stop people like me proving that he is a manipulative liar and control freak, stopping free conversation and debate when it's not going his way. More disturbingly still, he promotes an anti-feminist stance which sees him asserting that patriarchal dominance is the correct and only family structure - conveniently for a control freak like him. One can only sympathise with his wife who puts up with this kind of bullying. His three children cannot be found online - do they even exist? Or does Muehlenberg insist on controlling every aspect of their lives too?
They may exhibit thinly hidden, unrealistic grandiose fantasies, are often attuned to issues of power and rank, and tend to develop negative stereotypes of others, particularly those from population groups distinct from their own.  
Wow! Well Muehlenberg thinks he's doing 'god's' work, and believes that the universe was created with him in mind. Tick! And he parades his negative and false stereotypes of Muslims, atheists and LGBT people on a daily basis on his website - all people from population groups distinct from his own.
More severely affected individuals with Paranoid Personality Disorder may be perceived by others as “fanatics” and form tightly knit “cults” or groups with others who share their paranoid beliefs. 
Jackpot! Muehlenberg certainly puts the 'mentalist' into 'fundamentalist'. Any reasonable person would perceive someone who makes their living whipping up hatred against minorities and reading books only about Christian extremism as a fanatic. He has even started his own little cult in Culturewatch - a blog that attracts raving nutters who share his paranoid and extremist beliefs!

We think that decisively shows that Muehlenberg has Paranoid Personality Disorder. I wonder if most religious extremists and hate-leaders are similarly afflicted? And this in no way exonerates Muehlenberg of his extremist behaviour. He certainly needs psychiatric help to deal with his anger and hatred issues, but he still makes a conscious decision to make a living from peddling hate and bigotry.

Psychopaths are locked up for the physical safety of themselves and others. Whereas Muehlenberg keeps his hate in writing, for now, it's easy to see how some urgent psychiatry is needed before something pushes him over the edge.

Same sex marriage in Australia, for example?


  1. Bill also has strong elements of narcissistic personality disorder. Whatever the diagnosis, he is clearly a very disturbed and deeply troubled man underneath his veneer of sanctimonious bluster.

  2. I think you've missed a few important points in that (linked) medical description. The bad news is that the condition is chronic, patients seldom voluntarily present and those that do are difficult to treat. So whilst well educated, articulate & seemingly intelligent, he does stand out as an oddity & I doubt he will ever change.

    What concerns me even more are the small group of followers & hangers-on. Not all will suffer the same condition, but I'm sure they all have mental issues and social assimilation is difficult. Fundamentalist faiths & dogmatism fill those gaps and provide the outward appearance of normality - at least within their similarly minded closed circles. But within those groups there will be those that may resort to violence if things don't go their way.

  3. If ever there was any doubt that something is seriously wrong with Bill, have a look at this post published a few days prior to Christmas:

    Commenting on a meme depicting a black child and a white child hugging each other & the words: “Love comes naturally, hate is learned”, he states:
    "Where does it say that in Scripture? And we have to learn hate? The biblical data is clear: we are born as selfish sinners who put self first."

    There's more:
    "It is fully normal and natural to be self-centred. To really care about and love others is not natural at all – it is supernatural, wrought in us when we are born again..."

    I do feel that he missed out on something as a child. Either that or he was dropped on his head at least once.

    1. Ha! He definitely has more than one screw loose. Thanks for commenting.