The core sin of American conservatives–and above all American conservative, “prolife” Christianists–is Pride. They cannot accept the fact that they were simply flat-out wrong. They have told themselves for twenty years that they are the *Real* Christians, the *Real* Americans, the *Real* Heroes. They are better than all their neighbors, better than the Pope, better, above all, than the Most Horrible Human Being in America, Hillary Clinton.
Mark Shea, July 20, 2018
Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts explains some of the reasons why he posts about Mark Shea:
One reason I end up posting on Mark Shea so often is that several readers are among that growing demographic known as ‘Banned by Mark Shea.’ Mark will allow any instinct evil or mortal sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance to be advocated on his blog, as long as you join in his attacks against Christian conservatives and the GOP.
It’s true. I’ve seen late term abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, state mandated termination of children, gay sex, gender fluidity, radical feminism, anti-Catholic bigotry, hatred of Jesus, Hitler’s Pope, and just about everything that a sane Christian – including Mark c.2005 – would consider grave evil and a threat to all that is good and sacred in the world. These are sometimes debated by Mark but, as often as not, are allowed to be posted with impunity. The only cost is that the individual come to trash Christian conservatives, Christian non-liberals, the GOP, Trump or anyone who dares challenge the dogmas of the political Left.
Mark’s sites are also a repository for the last few decades’ worth of Leftist propaganda and talking points. This includes the idea that pro-life Christians are hypocrites who hate children and poor people and only use the unborn as, in Mark’s words, ‘human shields.’ That last part about human shields is actually a Mark distinctive. To be honest, I don’t remember most pro-abortion activists suggesting pro-lifers don’t care about the unborn. They might say it’s about controlling women or such (ignoring women pro-lifers in the process), but they usually at least concede care for the unborn on the part of pro-lifer. But not Mark. To Mark, to the right of center is all wickedness and void of goodness.
If their actions suggest otherwise, it’s no problem for Mark. They may say they love Jesus, attend church and Mass, give to the poor, feed the hungry, donate to charity, and generally insist they care about all people. But Mark knows their wicked hearts and souls for what they are, based on the fact that they dare challenge the gospel of liberalism. That’s a benefit of liberalism today: The John Lennon principle. It’s not what you do in your life or how you act, it’s that you speak the words of the Left. That’s how he knows that, whatever they do, they are truly evil at heart. And he does this much to the glee of so many of his regular progressive followers. Especially the non-Christian ones. After all, it isn’t every day that, as a non-believer, you can get Christians to admit that [those] Christians are a wretched and evil lot.
But those who dare challenge the dogmas of the political Left? Those who still defend conservative views, or dare suggest that there could be problems among some to the left of center? Such will get you banned by Mark faster than you can say Bob’s your self-identifying aunt. As a result, there are folks here on the blog and over at Facebook that will feed me the rage, the dumb, the calumny, the Leftist propaganda and talking points that make up the bulk of Mark’s literary output today. After all, they can’t challenge Mark since he has banned them. And they are often desperate to get the word out that this source of toxicity and leftist partisanship should be warned against, however meager my little contribution might be. Especially since Mark continues to get accolades and high-fives from so many prominent Catholics, Catholic ministries and Catholic religious leaders.
So this one came across my table. It’s basic Mark 101, c 2018. He vomits all the rhetoric and stereotypes about those who don’t conform to liberalism. There’s nothing anyone who has read Mark would be surprised by. It’s just worth an explanation why, even though I avoid his blog like the plague, he is so often referenced. My blog is merely one outlet for those who have been banned by Mark since Mark has little stomach left for debating those who challenge his devotion to the Democratic party and the talking points of the Political Left. So there you go.
Fun note: It’s already been brought up that a commentator on the post compares the tactics of the right, including Evangelicals, to the Communists of Lenin and Stalin era. They’ve also been compared to fascists and Nazis on his blog. In all cases those making the claims are, at best, not called out. At worst, Mark condones the comments. Anyone remember when Mark spent months mocking Glenn Beck for his famous Communist/Nazi dig? Yep. Mark in a nutshell.
Go here to comment. Mark engages in quite a bit of projection. He always brands conservative Catholics as super Catholics who consider themselves as the yardsticks of being Catholic. Actually, this is Mark’s sin. Whatever he does is done, in his view, for the sake of Catholic teaching. Thus, when he supported Hilary Clinton in 2016, it was for the Church; when he condemns pro-lifers it is for the Church; when he engages in mendacious and vicious attacks on others, it is for the Church. That he is taken by quite a few Catholics as a legitimate Catholic apologist, helps explain the current chaos and malaise within the Church. It is this last fact that causes me to pay any attention to him at all.