Chris Matthews and his Trained Baboons

I couldn’t believe the headline so I had to see it for myself and yeah, Chris Matthews actually said this:

“There are a number of people who have chosen to convert to the Catholic faith because they don”t like the liberal positions taken by their sectarian groups,” said Matthews, “that’s a fact, you can write that down. . . .I’m saying that some people who are bigoted against gay people have changed religions, yes.”

This is a guy who profoundly misunderstands his own faith and its teachings, which are all about saying “yes” not “no” but in ways that challenge us in our earthly brokenness and are just difficult, sometimes. Not only is he contributing to a fashionable new trend of anti-Catholicism (and for all I know, he’s doing it deliberately) but here he is being lazy — really, almost unforgivably lazy — in subscribing to the intellectually dishonest and cowardly idea that to have a different opinion than others, or to simply say “I love you but can’t go there” is “bigotry.” That’s what “progressives” have “progressed” to. If you disagree with Obama, you’re a “racist.” If you can’t get behind gay marriage, you’re a “bigot” and if you think employers should not be ordered to cover contraception (or ordered to cover anything) you’re a “sexist.”

They spit out the vituperative labels because it is frankly easier to muddy up the water with name-calling than actually try to swim the rougher currents, together. Call someone a name and pretend that you’re somehow more noble than the other person because you don’t even have to engage in thought or weigh a philosophy, and you may be a hero to some, but you’re ultimately a coward, hiding behind slander tossed as easily as a rock.

But as idiotic, nasty and gratuitously ignorant as Matthews is, here, it’s his audience that really turns my stomach; watch the video and listen to them howl.

Baboons. Mindless trained baboons, responding on cue.

But don’t get me wrong. I fully expect we’ll hear some trained baboons on the right at some point in tonight’s GOP debate, as well — probably hooting at precisely the wrong time, because if the left is horrid, the right is just hapless.

Still, it makes me sad to see Matthews like that. I used to watch his show every night and really enjoyed it. That was back when our kids were younger and would wander around the house parroting, “yer watchin’ Hardball!” It’s a shame that this is where we’re at. A society of grotesques.

Of course, one of the good things about Lent
is I get to spend some time thinking about how I may have contributed to our shared baboonery, with this blog, so…there’s that.

I wonder if Matthews will also take time to wonder about that, this Lent.

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  • Ny Mom

    Who’s Chris Matthews?

  • A.L.

    One of my lenten goals is to pray for Pelosi, Kerry, Biden, Sebelius, Sotomayor, and now Matthews who are straying so far from our Beautiful Church.
    I will add my Senator Patty Murray and Governor Christine Gregoire (WA) to that list.

  • Tran

    Thank you for saying what many of us want to say but could not.

  • markola

    Have courage, the Church has been around for two thousand years. Is there any other institution that can say this. This period is a pimple on a bull’s butt.

    Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

  • tgb1000

    “idiotic, nasty and gratuitously ignorant as Matthews is, here, it’s his audience that really turns my stomach; ….
    Baboons. Mindless trained baboons, responding on cue.”

    If this is how you protest against name-calling, you are doing it wrong.
    Oh yeah, the Anchoress is strictly do as I say, not as I do.

    [Sorry, I'm immune that fingerwagging attempt to shame people into shutting up when they're being attacked by bigots. As I've said elsewhere in this thread, if you care to read it, I'm done being nice and just shutting up while people attack my church. Or you could, you know, read my whole piece and see where I accuse myself of contributing to some of this, and wonder if someone like Matthews will. Or you. But it's easier to just throw the bomb, right? Nyah, nyah, nyah, shame, shame, shame...I'm done with it. I'm tired of bigots calling everyone else bigots and getting away with it-admin]

  • tgb1000

    For the record, nowhere did I call you a bigot. You may be one, but I didn’t say so. Good luck with that introspection thing. I’ll come back in six months and see if it helped. As an occasional reader of this blog, I’m always looking for interesting opposing viewpoints to challenge mine. So I check in here now and again. You have interesting things to say, but there is also an awful lot of pot-calling-the-kettle-black here.

  • SKay

    Thank you for this post, Anchoress.

    Chris Matthews lives in Democrat dominated Washington DC. Being invited to the White House, the “right” parties and having the approval of his idea of “important people” is probably very important to him. In fact–much more important than being Catholic. Those whose approval he craves–are trying to destroy the Church in this country – along with the Constitution and our freedom OF religion–NOT freedom from religion.

    If he were Muslim and said similar things about Islam–he might have to worry about keeping his head.