Robertson lashes out at professors

The Good Reverend is at it again. When he's not wishing foreign leaders, Supreme Court justices or entire cities dead, Pat Robertson fills the airwaves by attempting to force his fringe ideology onto America. Tuesday morning, Robertson's target was college professors.

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.

Here's what Robertson said on Tuesday morning's edition of "The 700 Club":
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.

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.

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.

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.

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Robertson lashes out at professors

Pat Robertson is truly a despicable person. I don't believe he himself realizes that fact of course. He does seem sincere in his belief that White Christian America is the natural ruling class of planet Earth.

The particular piece of hate speech that you cite by Pat Robertson, TV Evangelist, is particularly enlightening. It shows that he hasn't left the cold war battles and still sees hippies and commies everywhere he looks. It would do us all good if his influence and audience were lessened.

by Curt Matlock 2006-03-22 06:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Robertson lashes out at professors

Pat Robertson makes a good living off of telling suckers whom to hate. Nice work if you can get it. 'Course, last I heard, his "business" was still hemorrhaging money faster than Enron.

(By the way, Joseph, please consider contributing to my sequential approval voting experiment at:
Try Your Hand! - An Approval Voting Experiment)

by blues 2006-03-22 06:54AM | 0 recs
Balance
...these guys are out and out communists...

Does this mean that our college of business won't be hiring some Marxist economists in the interest of "balance".
by Michael Bersin 2006-03-22 07:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Balance

Roberts:

"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."

What a great quote!

I'm gonna love to see if my local business school (the UMass School of Management) will consider hiring a few killers, in the interest of "balance." I shall not get off their sorry case until they hire a few! I just love screwing those goofballs around. Let 'em earn their $250 thousand a year!

by blues 2006-03-22 08:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Balance

The very existence of high-rolling hucksters like Pat Robertson and G.W. Bush tells me that our so-called "education system" has become somehow lost in the deep dark woods. Quite frankly, I blame these people. I really do. I also blame the kid's parents. And their Sunday preachers, etc. At some deep level, they have somehow failed to earn the children's respect. They talk endlessly about the virtues of "character." I see now that the only solid foundation of character is in humility. In our hubris, our drive for success at all costs, we have lost that. Sometimes I think I live in a nation full of George W. Bushes. All false character founded on hubris when they ought to have built it on humility.

Okay: Your class is over for the day.

by blues 2006-03-22 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Robertson lashes out at professors

Too bad no one from the 700 club reads this blog; too bad no one from the 700 club reads.

by DONKey 2006-03-22 08:54AM | 0 recs
Philosophy of Monsters (Diary Pimp)

The formal philosophy, developed to purge Prussia's political and academic reformers. This philosophy later mutated to become Nazism. This review  reads like the PNAC playbook. Pass it along.

http://mydd.com/story/2006/3/20/115555/9 07

by bernardpliers 2006-03-22 10:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Robertson lashes out at professors

From bernardpliers'
The Formal Philosophy of Monsters
:

"This absolute nihilism...is not a popular creed. It is a confession characteristic of an esoteric group who have surrendered their reason, and with it their humanity." (v2 p76).

And the damn Prussians utterly perfected it. The very odd thing that most can't fathom: It was injected into the political veins of America by none other than that supposedly "liberal" president (of the U.S. and of Princeton University), Woodrow Wilson.

by blues 2006-03-22 11:39AM | 0 recs
Republicans hate rational thoughts

and science. There is nothing to conservative ideology but prejudice, ignorance, greed and hatred.

by Populism2008 2006-03-22 02:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Republicans hate rational thoughts

Agreed, and that is the major theme of Poppers book - that both Fascism and Marxism were at war with rational thought. Popper was a scientist.

by bernardpliers 2006-03-22 04:51PM | 0 recs
Republicans hate rational thought. But...

What about the Nihilistic Global Oligarchs?

With all due respect, I think I can offer a less outraged analysis. First, we have a Nihilistic Global Oligarchy that prefers to have liberals and conservatives perennially at each other's throats. (I myself prefer most of the "liberal" sides of the arguments.) The liberals and conservatives cleave to 90% mutually exclusive value systems. And the liberals have a pronounced predilection for the academic dialects of speech -- so the conservatives are always calling them "elitists."

Of course, the ever-cynical Nihilistic Global Oligarchs care nothing for either liberal, or conservative values. So it's always a win-win deal for them. After all the liberals and the conservatives all pay at the same pump.

I am fairly liberal, but the real conservatives are mostly harmless once you get to know them. It's the Nihilistic Global Oligarchs, who happen to own the corporate media junta, and the vast corporate legal labyrinth, which we all depend upon, that we need to be dealing with. Where do we start to deal? -- Start with: Tucker Carlson is an ass.

The Artful Tucker in his own smarmy words:

Counterpunch, April 25, 2003, by Steven Higgs"

[....] During one of his Democrat-bashing segments, he said: "Part of this is unfair, not that I've ever had trouble being unfair. Indeed I do it for a living."

by blues 2006-03-22 10:31PM | 0 recs
You owe Asses an apology

Tucker Carlson is an ass.

What did asses ever do to you? What a despicable insult to the noble gluteus maximus, which after all performs a vital and necessary function.

by Gary Boatwright 2006-03-23 04:49AM | 0 recs
Ah, yes.
Tucker Carlson is an ass.

Ah, yes, as Gary points out, this impugns the good name of asses everywhere.
by Michael Bersin 2006-03-23 04:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Robertson lashes out at professors

It never ceases to amaze me that, after 50 years of frantic leaping for the lowest-hanging fruit of second order logic, and relentless attempts to divine the real meaning of the results of quantum physical experiments in terms of any conventional logic, "rational thought" is still the philosopher's stone to so many would-be logical positivists.

For my part, I will gladly retreat back 50 years, and embrace Rudolph Carnap's compromise with the reliable old devil of restrained uncertainty.

I will gladly suffer any fool's sophistical malarkey about "intelligent design" so long as said fool is willing to explore my cynical little garden path, which leads inexorably up to my wicked little shrine to "idiotic design."

by blues 2006-03-22 09:46PM | 0 recs
this is part of a coordinated attack

... that has been going on for quite some time:

Why conservatives are winning the Campus Wars

Thanks for posting this dairy. Does anyone know where Horowitz gets his money?

by Nate Roberts 2006-03-23 04:50AM | 0 recs
Howorwitz Funding

Scroll down to Interpreting Horowitz's various projects:

Several foundations pour millions ($13.7m through 2003) into the Horowitz projects, and these range from ultra-right-wing The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, John M. Olin Foundation, to the notorious extreme-right-wing Scaife Foundations [14].

Why would these foundations support Horowitz's hateful and corrosive operations? There is one clue in the funding list where one finds the John M. Olin Foundation contributing $15,000 to "support a public opinion study directed by Frank Luntz." Now, Frank Luntz is a pollster and propagandist for the Republican Party and Fortune 100 companies, but in addition, one of his main preoccupations is defending Israel's image abroad. Luntz is a proponent of what Zionists call hasbara, i.e., an aggressive propaganda campaign to whitewash Israel's image in the US [15]. So, from the funding sources we can surmise that pro-Israeli propaganda is one of the purposes of Horowitz's projects.

Furthermore, given the nature of the right-wing funding groups
behind his projects one can theorize about the projects' purposes, and these can be categorized as: (1) pushing the envelope and narrowing the political spectrum; (2) an echo chamber effect; (3) smearing critics of the US imperial role and Israel; (4) a ratcheting of smears, and (5) "mirror flak".

by Gary Boatwright 2006-03-23 05:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Howorwitz Funding

Does this make us naught but a bemused and confused audience to the far-flung, under-documented, though quite possibly over-washed, hidden progeny of characters like Howard Hughes? God help us.

by blues 2006-03-23 09:37AM | 0 recs

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