The spectacle of the decay of American Conservative Catholicism from this:
to Milo Yiannopolous will be the subject of some future history.
Here are just the editorial comments on his ridiculous book Dangerous, made by some poor sod whose job was to try to make this glob of junk into a book. It’s hilarious:
I didn’t read the manuscript. Just the comments. They’re…amazing. Even better than the excerpts in the filing.
And a pretty good summary of the book I imagine. pic.twitter.com/2kPESxAlA9
— Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) December 28, 2017
“Don’t make fun of school shooters- and certainly don’t try to compare them to Liberals.”
“Let’s leave “fecal waste” analogies out of this chapter.”
“This entire paragraph is just repeating Fake News. There was NO blood, NO semen and there was NO Satanism. Delete.”
“Stick with virgins. “Perverts” is unnecessary.”
“Attacking speakers as ugly diminishes your credibility. Actually- it ERASES it.”
“Absurd name calling.”
“No need to drag the lesbians into this! And DON’T use lesbian as a slur!”
“The way you casually bring up the KKK makes no sense.”
“Abortion is off topic here- too hot-button an issue for a stray comment. And the Nubian harem joke is inappropriate here.”
“This rant is off the point.”
“The use of a phrase like “two-faced backstabbing bitches” diminishes your overall point.”
“Are you seriously telling the reader that you advocate SMEAR CAMPAIGNS?”
“Paris Hilton is NOT the best authority to quote here.”
“Don’t use “trannies” here- it just derails your argument.”
“This is not true.”
“This is not true either.”
“It’s always a mistake for an author to say “I can think of no better explanation…” It’s your job to think of a better explanation. It’s what we paid you an advance for. THINK HARDER and replace this long anonymous internet post with prose of your own.”
“This entire section is the most poorly thought out section in the book. If you want to make a case for gay men going back into the closet and marrying women just to have children, you’re going to have to employ a lot more intellectual rigor than you use here.”
“This is definitely not the pace for more of your narcissism.”
“Your ego gets in the way in this paragraph. Delete.”
Then it seems that the editor lost all patience with Milo.
“NO MORE REFERENCES TO YOUR BOOK ADVANCE OR THE PUBLISHING PROCESS.”
“DELETE ENTIRE CHAPTER!”
“NO. IT. HAS. NOT.”
(This one’s my favorite)
“All this pop psychology is hogwash. You can’t say ugly people are drawn to the left. Have you ever seen the people at a Trump rally?”
“This is a stupid way to end a terrible chapter. DELETE.”
“This joke is not worth making.”
“This entire argument is ridiculous.”
“So much inappropriate humor is irritating.”
“You will need to develop a stronger argument against feminism than saying that they are ugly and sexless and have cats.”
This guy was the doyenne of the Catholic Christianist Alt Right. Damian Thompson hired him to blog for the Catholic Herald. Breitbart published his “Guide to the Alt Right” that help promote the work of Nazi Richard Spencer. Christianist rabble rousers and enemies of the Church like Michael Voris and Church Militant treated him like some kind of prophet sent by God to rebuke and chew out evil Pope Francis.
Eventually, he fell out of favor with that crowd. But as long as he was useful to them, they played the game of pretending that he was a brilliant clown prince who, gosh darn it, spoke the truth about Trump and our horrible pope.
This is the quality of “thought” that has come to characterize the absurd noise machine of the Catholic Right, which takes seriously people like Yiannopolous and Voris as long as they tell them what their itching ears want to hear and shout down the words of Pope Francis and the Magisterium.