Are you surprised by this?
I’m a New York Times reporter writing about #exposechristianschools. Are you in your 20s or younger who went to a Christian school? I’d like to hear about your experience and its impact on your life. Please DM me.
— Dan Levin (@globaldan) January 24, 2019
Now troll for horror stories on #exposejewishschools, you bigot.
The #exposechristianschools campaign emerged in response to the news that Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, was returning to teach art to children at an Evangelical school that expects everyone who works or studies there to abide by traditional Christian moral standards on sexuality. Dan Levin has been pumping this thing on Twitter for the past few days. For example:
— R.L. Stollar (@RLStollar) January 21, 2019
Read Levin’s Twitter timeline — he’s been going back and finding old tweets to smear Christian schooling and homeschooling. After he got a load of pushback today on the tweet at the top of this post, he responded:
I write about American youth, and the hashtag #exposechristianchools, which I didn’t create, went viral in recent days. I’m writing about the response to it and want to hear about all experiences, including positive stories/impact about your time in school. Plz DM me.
— Dan Levin (@globaldan) January 24, 2019
“Including positive stories”? Bullshit, and Dan Levin knows it. The New York Times is trying to gin up anti-Christian hatred.
A Christian friend who has been a very strong opponent of Trump, but publicly and privately, these past few years, texted to say that the Levin tweet, and what it represents, has forced him to think that he might have to vote for Trump in 2020 simply because the hatred of the Left is so frightening.
Tucker Carlson’s monologue the other night correctly identified the Covington Catholic story as one about the powerful picking on the powerless. Watch it — it’s quite convincing. Excerpts:
What was so interesting about the coverage of Friday’s video was how much of it mentioned something called “privilege.” Alex Cranz, an editor at Gizmodo, for example, wrote, “From elementary school through college, I went to school with sheltered upper middle-class white boys who could devastate with a smirk. A facial gesture that weaponized their privilege. Infuriatingly you can’t fight that effing smirk with a punch or words. We saw that as Trump smirked his way through the election and we’ll see it as that boy from Kentucky’s friends, family, and school protect him. I effing hate that smirk. It says ‘I’m richer, I’m white, and I’m a guy.'”
What’s so fascinating about all these attacks is how inverted they are. These are high school kids from Kentucky. Do they really have more privilege than Alex Cranz from Gizmodo? Probably not. In fact, probably much less. They’re far less privileged than virtually everyone who called for them to be destroyed, based on the fact that they have too much privilege.
Consider Kara Swisher, for example, an opinion columnist at the New York Times. Swisher went to Princeton Day School and then Georgetown, then got a graduate degree at Columbia. She’s become rich and famous, in the meantime, by toadying for billionaire tech CEOs. She’s their handmaiden. Nobody considers her very talented. And yet she’s somehow highly influential in our society. Is she more privileged than the boys of Covington Catholic in Kentucky? Of course she is. Maybe that’s why she feels the need to call them Nazis, which she did, repeatedly.
So what’s actually going on here? Well, it’s not really about race. In fact, most of the stories about race really aren’t about race. And this is no different. This story is about the people in power protecting their power, and justifying their power, by destroying and mocking those weaker than they are.
Why? It’s simple. Our leaders haven’t improved the lives of most people in America. They can’t admit that because it would discredit them. So, instead they attack the very people they’ve failed. The problem, they’ll tell us, with Kentucky, isn’t that bad policies have hurt the people who live there. It’s that the people who live there are immoral because they’re bigots. They deserve their poverty and opioid addiction. They deserve to die young.
That’s what our leaders tell themselves. And now, that’s what they’re telling us. Just remember: they’re lying.
Think of the power differential between a New York Times reporter and conservative Christian schoolteachers. Yet there is the Times, leading a national pile-on to these little schools whose values are increasingly unpopular in America. When Dan Levin’s vicious story is published, it will be magnified by righteous media liberals, and people like this foul-mouthed anti-Christian Yale professor with an endowed chair. I can just hear the Fresh Air interview now, with that self-righteous prisspot Terry Gross fretting gravely over the grave threat to the Republic from these Jesusland bigot factories.
I recently read a thread of tweets from a user with over 20,000 Twitter followers suggesting that white people are genetically predisposed to violence and oppression, “[j]ust like dogs are bred for temperament.” The simile is no accident. If a dog is too aggressive, you use training to “reprogram” it. If that doesn’t work, you put it down. When I expressed a traditional Christian view of sexuality (while also denouncing violence against gay people and expressing sympathy for them), another Twitter user told me I was no better than ISIS. We kill ISIS. With drones.
The New York Times is preparing people for a future in which Christian schools have to be closed by law, or stigmatized out of existence, for the sake of “safety.”
In just the past few days and weeks, the media went after the Knights Of Columbus, they went after Karen Pence, they went after boys from Covington Catholic. Who will it be tomorrow? Which of our institutions? I love the small traditional school that my kids attend, and you know what, New York Times, and elite media? This is personal. You are threatening me and my friends and my family with your hatred, and your punching down. I am going to defend it.
You people have no idea, no idea at all, what you are calling forth in this country.
Man why do folks celebrate when journos get laid off? ? https://t.co/PIZq3s2HAg
— Scott Greer (@ScottMGreer) January 25, 2019
By the way, don’t you dare think about making an anti-Semitic comment on this thread. I won’t have it. Anti-Semitism is evil. We must not respond to bigotry with bigotry.