Robertson lashes out at professors
by Joseph Hughes, Wed Mar 22, 2006 at 05:38:57 AM EST
Promoting David Horowitz's latest book, an anti-academia screed, Robertson was guilty of the worst kind of religious right projection: Accusing others of things he and his followers are guilty of.
Robertson called professors radicals. Propagandists. Individuals who "don't want anybody else except them." People who brainwash the vulnerable and beat up their opponents. No blacker a pot has ever called a kettle names.
ROBERTSON: Ladies and gentleman this is a fascinating book. If you want to, you'd better take your blood pressure medicine before you read it, but it's "The Professors: The 101 most dangerous academics in America" and that's just a short list of the 30-40,000 of them, they're like termites that have worked into the woodwork of our academic society and it's appalling. This is available at CBN.com and book stores everywhere, and you really ought to read it and be informed.If you made it all the way through that passage without vomiting in your mouth, I congratulate you. If you did, however, you surely noticed Robertson accusing professors of things normally reserved for the reverend and his followers. Robertson calling anyone"radicals,""propagandists" or people who "don't want anybody else except them" is irony of the first order. We're talking, after all, about the same man who, on more than one occasion, has threatened cities and wished for the deaths of sitting Supreme Court justices. Where I come from - and where most Americans come from - I call that radical.
TERRI: It's interesting that so many conservatives haven't seen this because decades ago we were told that infiltrating education was the way to take over the country, we should have been on alert.
ROBERTSON: They gamed it, these guys are out and out communists, they are radicals, you know some of them killers, and they are propagandists of the first order and they don't want anybody else except them. That's why Regent University for example is so terrifically important and why we're setting up an undergraduate program that hopefully will see shortly 10,000 students, and then from there 250,000 because you don't want your child to be brainwashed by these radicals, you just don't want it to happen. Not only brainwashed but beat up, they beat these people up, cower them into submission. Ahhh! "The Professors", read it.
Robertson, after yelling at the man in the mirror whom he confused for a professor, claimed without proof that professors were assaulting their opponents. He didn't cite a case. But I can. Remember Kansas University professor Paul Mirecki? Mirecki, an outspoken critic of Christian fundamentalism who had until recently intended to teach intelligent design as mythology, was assaulted in December by two men who had been following him in a pickup truck.
Mirecki was driving to breakfast when the truck began closely following him. He stopped, thinking it would pass. It didn't. "They got out, and I made the mistake of getting out," he said. The beating, which included punching, kicking and the victim being beaten with a metal object, began almost instantly. Mirecki later said that his attackers "made references" to his recent notariety. "I didn't know them," he said, "but I'm sure they knew me."
Interesting. And Robertson thinks professors are the radicals who assault their opponents. Here's the scary part: People like Robertson are in charge. Fundamentalist Christians run the federal government. They dominate the airwaves. Churches themselves control entire communities. What's worse, people of Robertson's ilk also come armed with a remarkably insane persecution complex. All of this tells me that things are only going to get worse.
Fundamentalists like Robertson are rather contradictory. These "pro-life" Christians bomb abortion clinics. These "compassionate" Christians blockade Terri Schiavo's hospice, preventing a grieving woman from wishing her dying grandfather farewell. These "loving" Christians hate certain Americans for simply being born a certain way. And many of the things the Robertsons of the world say are far more radical than anything you'll hear them critique those "freedom-hating terrorists" for.
Here's the question Robertson hasn't yet answered: Where does it stop? Mirecki was beaten for offering a dissenting opinion. What's next? When will those putting people like Mirecki in the hospital put someone else in a grave? Robertson's followers have heeded the threats he and others have made in the past, menacing judges and doctors alike. One would be foolish to think his latest warnings won't be similarly heeded.