Clowns Teaching at Catholic Colleges

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Attention is often directed at the number of professors who teach at Catholic colleges and universities who have nothing but scorn for Church teaching.  However, too little attention is paid to the fact that many of the same individuals are politicized idiots.  Case in point Michael Eric Dyson who teaches sociology at Georgetown.  Dyson is a Baptist and on wife number three. The judgment of the man is demonstrated by his calling the scandal dogged Attorney General Eric Holder “the Moses of our time”.

In an outing this week on MSNBC, Dyson, in attacking Phil Robertson’s comments against homosexual conduct,  said that heterosexual Christian men might be viewed by some as  having an erotic attraction to Jesus Christ.  Ed Morrissey at Hot Air gives us the gory details of this blasphemy;


The Phil Robertson/A&E flap has produced some silly commentary, but perhaps none quite so silly as this exchange on MSNBC earlier this week. Joy Reid filled in for Ed Schultz on his show last Monday and invited Michael Eric Dyson to discuss the contretemps over Robertson’s comments on homosexuality and religion.  Dyson argues at the end of this clip that Robertson attempted to “us[e] Jesus in making Jesus co-sign all of this bigotry here,” and then almost in the same breath accused Christian men who profess love of Jesus as being, er … you know (via The Right Scoop and Truth Revolt):


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.

JOY REID, SUBSTITUTE HOST: But what do you think of this attempt to recruit essentially Rosa Parks?

DYSON: Oh my God.

REID: Because this is something that has been done before on the Right.

DYSON: Right. Right.

REID: Like in anytime that something they say is taking as offensive by African-Americans or taken as offensive by the LGBT community…

DYSON: Right.

REID: …you get, “Well, Martin Luther King, Jr. would’ve been on our side…

DYSON: Right.

REID: . …or Rosa Parks or, you know, Phil Robertson is the next Rosa Parks.” What do you think of that as a tactic?

DYSON: I mean it’s — well, first of all, it’s scurrilous, but it’s the same as using Jesus in making Jesus co-sign all of this bigotry here. 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. 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, over all 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.

I tried to get offended by this argument, and ended up laughing every time I tried. I mean, it takes a lot of effort to take this kind of trolling seriously, doesn’t it? According to Dyson’s CV, he’s a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, a Catholic university, but he must be the first professor at Georgetown to have never studied the difference between agape, philos, and eros.  Not all love is sexual, as even most people “outside your religious traditions” understand. Most normal people would scoff at the idea that a son’s love for his father would “sound interestingly homoerotic,” let alone that of sons for The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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. It’s the kind of ivory-tower sneering at those hoi polloi in the sticks that reveals more ignorance of the speaker than of anyone else. Exactly who does Dyson think would believe that professing a love of Jesus Christ equates to a homoerotic experience? Christians laugh at this, but perhaps it’s people “outside [our] religious tradition” who should be more insulted at Dyson’s assessment of their intelligence and common sense.


Go here to read the rest.  Tuition at Georgetown for an undergrad is $44,850 per year.  Too often parents make huge sacrifices to send their kids to institutions like Georgetown that purport to be Catholic and end up with their offspring being taught by people who hate what the Church stands for and who are also nitwits.  Dante would have had fun with this situation.


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  1. It’s awful that we live in such a politicized climate. One can’t say or do anything without it taking on politically partisan overtones. Everything is taken captive to some party idea. In “The Four Loves,” C. S. Lewis finely differentiates between eros, agape, philia, and storge, citing interesting examples of each. Political ideology is eroding objective thought.

  2. Why does Georgetown persist in hiring smacked asses who want to thumb their nosed at Rome. Yet again Cardinal Wuerl is standing around in creeping cowardice, twiddling his thumbs. An incredibly uncaring Prelate, he hasn’t condemned the comments or called on Georgetown to amend their ways. Here’s hoping and praying that Beatty’s Canonical lawsuit prevails!!!! My dog is more Catholic than Georgetown!!!!!!.

  3. Has Pope Francis suppressed the Jesuits yet? If not, why not?

    (Sorry, Fr. Pacwa and Fr. Fessio, but you’re outnumbered.)

  4. Who’ll be the first Jesuit on Georgetown University’s board to stand up and publicly claim that Michael Eric Dyson is the best person they could get to teach sociology?

    And if there isn’t one who won’t defend that hire, then why hasn’t Michael Eric Dyson been fired along with all the members of the administration and faculty committee that signed off on hiring that clown?

    It’s all sooooo shameful.

  5. I watched the video of Dyson and feel dumber for having done so. Listening to the man in class for an entire semester would probably result in the loss of at least 10 IQ points.

    I am happy my own college days are well behind me. Not all of my profs were great teachers, but at least I wasn’t paying close to $50K a year to become even more poorly informed than I was before.

  6. There are over 240 colleges and universities here in the United States
    claiming to be Catholic. The Cardinal Newman Society, using what I think
    are very reasonable, basic parameters to quantify schools’ “Catholic identity”,
    publishes an annual list of those it feels it can recommend. This year, the
    list contains only 28 institutions. 90% of our Catholic colleges could not
    even meet the Society’s very basic criteria to make the list. It’s pitiful.


    The idiocy of Dyson’s statements shocked me a bit, but I wasn’t shocked to
    find out that he teaches at a university that is claiming to be Catholic.
    Decadence in Catholic higher education is the norm now. It just makes me
    so very sad to think how much better off we’d all be if those 220-odd colleges
    that claim-to-be-Catholic-but-aren’t had been doing their job for the last few
    decades, instead of churning out pagans or worse.

  7. So-called academic economists have a thingie they call “behavioral economics.” It is supposed to be a study about people taking economic decisions based on irrational motives. I suppose it’s part of their simpering attacks on free markets.

    I think such venal crap, like this post covers, is “behavioral academics/scholarship” – credentialed cretins deriving conclusions based on ideology and not facts or logic. It relies on anecdotes and stereotypes incorporated in emotional filters to misrepresent and misunderstand data, events, and facts.

    I think the post-modern academy is purely venal. Its purpose is to advance the nightmare narrative and provide continual propaganda for the Obamas of the world and the progressive program. Behavioral academics/scholarship seamlessly imbeds fabrications into facts. In it all reading is arbitrary and personal. A theory cannot be proved only disproven. Behavioral academics invent facts, deny/ignore errors, display arrogance and execrate anybody providing opposing evidence.

    For these poseurs, truth, facts, realities, and history do not exist. They are putty in their hands. And, whatever they need to twist, fabricate or omit is justified by their purity of intentions: false but justified.

  8. This summarizes the past 100 years of liberal lies, in general, and the past five years, in particular.

    Instapundit quotes “The Daily Caller” on Ethan Krupp, Obama’s pajama boy: “’A Liberal F*** is not a Democrat, but rather someone who combines political data and theory, extreme leftist views and sarcasm to win any argument while make [sic] the opponents feel terrible about themselves. I won every argument but one.’ Yeah, the one where you showed your face. He also hates ‘conservative gay pricks.’ In other words, he’s pretty much exactly what you figured when you saw his picture. Most self-revelatory remark: ‘I’m afraid it would be the ultimate surrender if I knew the truth.’ Or maybe this one: ‘We have no morals, and we will attack you.’ So he’s ready for his MSNBC co-anchor slot.”

  9. This outrageous professor is probably linked to the movement at Georgetown dedicated to undermine, distort and destroy Catholic moral teaching, especially with regards to homosexual sin. A recent video expose of “Coming Out Day” celebrations at Georgetown reveal how far this once-respectable institution has fallen. In other words, America’s oldest Catholic university pays professors to destroy the Faith. Can it get any worse?
    Here’s the video:

  10. Wow! This should speed up the demise of Georgetown. Only 50 years ago, a man like this would not have been considered a scholar.

  11. I believe stoney has it correct on Father Hesburg and the Notre Dame crew. The leaders at Notre Dame cooperated with the Rockefellers to introduce corruption in the catholic church in America. It is a fact. These people represent Judas in today’s world.

  12. Almost 25 years ago when my son was a student at St Joseph Prep in Philly,he came home and asked “why are my religion teachers such nut jobs?”the best I could do was to say the Jesuits know that young people are rebellious and they are hoping you will embrace traditional catholic belief as a form of rebellion.He s been a Capuchin Friar fort he last ten years.

  13. Harry Tucci, you are right about Donald Cardinal Wuerl. Wuerl showed backbone in getting rid of abusive priests, but he will do NOTHING that requires Catholic orthodoxy. I am convinced Wuerl is a Democrat who harbors delusions about changing the Democrat Party’s pro-death platform.

    To think I was sad to see him go to DC. I am glad David Zubik is Pittsburgh’s bishop.

  14. Twain’s observation re. the newspapers of his day could easliy apply to MSNBC and professors like Dyson, that is ‘ If you don’t listen to them you’ll be considered to be uninformed, but if you do, you’ll end up being misinformed.’

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