Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts takes a look at Mark Shea’s response to the sexual harassment avalanche:
Off the rails lunacy
Over at Catholic and Enjoying It. Like many, Mark jumped on the Roy Moore accusations, not just to demand Moore’s head, but to use the scandal to attack Trump, Trump supporters, conservatives and American conservative Christians. Like many, Mark said it was time to put aside the need for evidence, proof or due process. When those icky types are accused, it’s enough that they’re icky types, and it’s time to hie to the gallows.
Like the overwhelming majority of modern punditry, both right and left, Mark has also been stunningly silent about the myriad accusations against liberal pundits, politicians, activists, entertainers, and high profile personnel. Like so many who were quick to link Moore to entire swaths of American conservative culture, Mark has said nothing about these accusations against liberals and what it means about American liberalism. The most Mark did was link to a rather nondescript article that talked of the rock era tendency to sex after teenage girls. But nothing about rock and liberalism, liberal culture or the ideological similarities in the laundry list of recent accusations.
And that’s fine. I’m OK with this. I think this says something about our culture as a whole. Both the accusations, and the fact that we have no clear understanding of what is right or wrong behavior on any given day, or a desire to even sort it out before we destroy lives. All of those, to me, are symptomatic of a nation that long ago put punditry over principle. So I have no problem if people aren’t saying the list of liberals accused proves X about liberalism.
My problem is that they did just that against conservatives and evangelicals. Conservatives and liberals alike, never-Trumpers and left wing activists, all were happy to draw a straight line from Roy Moore to anyone and everything Right of center, guilty as accused.
Mark demonstrates this partisanship and, quite frankly, lunacy in spades. Not only has he avoided anything at all about the multiple accusations post-Moore, including his own folk hero Garrison Keillor, but he has continued to funnel all wrath and hatred at Moore, Trump, Trump supporters, conservatives and American conservative Christians, as if nobody else has been accused.
Pre-posting update: Jonah Goldberg, hardly sympathetic to Trump and the gang, nonetheless noticed the same trend.
A few weeks ago, the Federalist ran an incredible piece by the Lutheran Satire guy which was, alas, not satire. In it, he tried to argue that the slaughter in Sutherland was an awesome answer to the prayers of the victims and that anybody appalled and outraged by that slaughter loved government and not God.
One could hardly have asked for a more chemically pure expression of Christianism: the false gospel that cloaks the right wing culture of death in Christian imagery to battle for such things as (in that case) arms industry profits over human life.
Yet, not to be outdone, the Federalist again publishes an article oozing great slimy lies to the effect that you should support a child molester (excuse me, “morally questionable” person) like Roy Moore because God can use such people.
What is the urgent thing that Christianists need him for? Well, given that Planned Parenthood is already fully funded, the Party of Trump can’t really sell the “We’ll be magicking abortion away Real Soon Now” lie, so we have to just face the fact that Moore is important to help fund the Tax Budget Only a Child Molester Could Love.
It is, in essence, the greatest act of theft in American history, robbing the poor and the middle class to engorge the rich, according to the communists at Fortune.
Go here to read the rest. Besides telling us that Shea has apparently lost the ability to read, judging from his misinterpretations of the two Federalist articles that he references, his use of the term Christianist is deeply revealing. It is a term of abuse for Christians that Leftists hurl at Christians who have the temerity to disagree with them. Once upon a time, long, long ago, Mark Shea was a Catholic apologist. Now he is simply an apologist, and a very angry one, for an increasingly deranged Left. He has chosen poorly.