If instead of a pseudo-intellectual professor of three-chord progressions, Middle Tennessee State University's William Yelverton were a Constitutional Lawyer
Waitress: “For the last time, sir, yes, we have an entire pot of clam chowder in the kitchen — and no, that doesn’t mean we ‘owe it to the people’ to give you a bowl for free.”
Yelverton: “I HAVE A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO YOUR FUCKING SOUP! NOW FETCH ME A BOWL, HATER!”
Listen: William Yelverton tried commenting here under a whole host of pseudonyms — perhaps upwards of 20-25 — including some that he used to fluff himself as a legitimate thinker. He isn’t — something he’s proven in his many opportunities to show he could bring something useful or interesting to our discussions. He’s a troll; no more and no less. Or, if he prefers, Dr. troll.
The kids at Middle Tennessee State may be forced to engage his “you are all Christian teabagging bigots for disagreeing with me” school of argument, but I’m not. And he isn’t entitled to my attention by dint of passing an oral exam on lute history.
Besides: Willy ain’t the sharpest toenail on the foot. Having constantly to stop what I’m doing and smooth him out with an emery board is a waste of my time.
update the second: As some of his indictments come to my attention, it is clear that Dr Flying V has framed his piece in such a way that doesn’t at all represent my point of view. First, the mosque issue isn’t a matter of freedom of religion: no one has said Muslims can’t practice their religion, and zoning boards and civic councils routinely determine where and if places of worship can be built without running afoul of the Constitution. That many Muslims are themselves against the mosque is something Willy studiously avoids discussing. Second, I’ve been very clear that at issue here is not a dispute over whether or not the mosque can be built; in fact, that we are having this debate at all assumes that the can part of the issue is a (legal) given — something that our intellectually deficient stringed instrument wrangler doesn’t seem able to grasp.
No, what’s at issue here is whether or not a mosque that pretends toward outreach and “healing” should be placed in a specific place — particularly once it became obvious that outreach and healing weren’t what the gesture suggested to those most closely tied to the site.
That most Americans tend to agree with my argument does not make most Americans bigoted haters and Islamophobes who wish to do away with the First Amendment; it simply means that most Americans, having been told over and over by the left how they have to show “tolerance” for the Other, have begun to wonder why it is no one is ever directed to show tolerance toward what it is they feel. They sense the double standard, and they are rebelling. They simply won’t be shamed any longer.
Add to that the growing concern that the imam at the center of the project is not really what he claims to be, and what most Americans are left wondering is why people like William Yelverton so insist that the mosque be placed where proposed — particularly when these same people will fight tooth and nail to have a cross removed from the side of a highway.
Middle Tennessee State University has not only hired a plagiarizer and intellectual midget; they’ve hired a lying plagiarizer and intellectual midget.
And you get what you pay for.
update the third: Question: if the trustees at Middle Tennessee State read Yelverton’s “arguments,” would they be compelled to fire him on the spot for excessive public stupidity?
Listen closely, William. No one here has ever advocated “outlawing” the mosque. What we have argued — and not even all of us — is that those involved with the project should rethink the location. Because if they hoped to build bridges, they’ve already failed on that account. So by digging in their heels now, they’re only widening the mote.
To that end, we’ve made our displeasure with the current location known. This is the very essence of free speech. It has nothing to do with freedom of religion. You’d think a college educator might understand that.
But then, there isn’t a whole lot of constitutional instruction in the lyrics to “Sultans of Swing,” I guess.