Glamorizing Mental Illness?

Glamorizing Mental Illness? October 1, 2019

We’re back to pastor Doug Wilson’s hot mess of a book on rebellion, a subject he is really getting so wrong. This week’s selections from his blog Blog and Mablog are typical in that they make me ask if Doug might be oxygen-deprived or impaired. I cannot figure out how he gets some of these ideas from mixing the Bible and cultural. The worst of his jaw-droppingly bad ideas is that somehow that the left is glamorizing mental illness. Say what?

Doug, of course, does not explain why he thinks that, what evidence he’s seen or even throwing out a few empirical stories. Just baldly stating what he believes to be true with zero evidence. Doug’s usual modus operandi.

What has actually happened is that mental illness has not been glamorized, it has finally been normalized and accepted. People who suffer from it are able to be more open as the general stigma fades. We’re able as a nation to admit when we struggle, get treatments and medications for our conditions, treated like people with a medical condition. Not demonic, or thought to have some moral failing like so many in the Quiverfull Evangelical church still like to pretend.

Continued acceptable of mental health issues can only be a good thing. But Doug likely wants to go back to a time when the mentally ill were thought to be somehow morally bankrupt instead of having an illness that could possibly have a genetic component. He just wants to shame people.

Kooks? Like ones that write romance novels filled with lust and potato salad tossing? I think it’s pretty safe to say that fringe religions with high demand situations likely attracts a larger percentage of people with strange issues outside of the norm.

I don’t quite know what to make of this. Is Doug stating that being a jock is good or bad? How can your love of sports, extreme or otherwise, be anything more than a hobby of yours? Sure, there are those that will take it too far (I’m looking at you, my dear husband), but for most it’s just a fun diversion. I know, I know, in Doug’s world you’d better be praying, reading your Bible and witnessing to others all the time or you’re going to the hot place!

Screen cap from the of my husband Jim wearing a paper bag over his head during a New Orleans Saints game in 1980. ABC television showed this same photo during Sunday’s New Orleans Saints game. This sports nut will never live down the infamy. I suspect Doug would disapprove and label him mentally deranged.

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About Suzanne Titkemeyer
Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 33 years. You can read more about the author here.

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