John on March 20, 2006 at 7:48 am
“Poor uneducated and easy to command,” was a description of Christians that appeared on the front page of the Washington Post about a decade ago. The paper was heavily criticized for allowing this bit of editorializing by a Jewish writer to appear in a “news” story.
Yesterday, the NY Times let it be known that they see things the same way. This long and extremely snarky piece (even for them) is about the Liberty Univ. debate team. Liberty Univ. is Falwell’s college in Lynchburg, VA. The debate team is nationally ranked and frequently wins major debate competitions against bigger and higher profile schools.
While the piece does give some insight on the school’s success, it’s mostly an excuse for writer Zev Chafets to indulge in the sort of condescencion which would start riots if it had been aimed at blacks or latinos or just about any other group. But Christians are fair game. Recalling the earlier line from the Post, Chafets writes:
Many Liberty students are more notable for their piety than for their intellectual sophistication.
In other words, Chafets wants his Manhattan readers to be assured, “you’re smarter than them.” This is a recurring theme in the piece. Clearly the thought of a Christian university with a winning debate team is threatening to Chafets on some personal level. He even goes so far as to call into question the conviction of the debate team members. He quotes a rival debate coach:
“Not all the Liberty debaters are all that pious,” says the George Mason coach, Warren Decker. Decker was raised in a Christian home in Kansas, but he has long since traded his Sunday-school innocence for a marked skepticism. “Besides,” he says,”debate is a liberalizing activity. I doubt that Falwell is producing a lot of people who, when they finish at Liberty, are going out to spread the Word.”
In other words, you can’t be a winning debater and remain a believer. They are inimical pursuits. The piece ends with a dismissive and mocking rebuttal to the program’s goals and success:
[T]here will be crop of novices from nowhere, willing young Christians eager for Lynchburg’s minister of debate to teach them the art of fast talking for the greater glory of God and Liberty.
What Chafets has written is essentially a one-sided debate designed to reinforce the beliefs of his readers. There is never a doubt that the ethos of NY intellectualism, full of condescending snobbery for the south, for Christians and for other inferior species of humanity, would triumph. You can’t really blame him for cheating though. It was the only way he could win.
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