With Six You Get Sleigh Dogs 7/2

aka My Enemy, My Alpo

Today’s roundup ropes and brands Peter Grant, Mike Glyer, Anonymous, John Seavey, Adam-Troy Castro, Lou Antonelli, Shaun Duke, Sarah A. Hoyt, Duncan Mitchel, John C. Wright, Larry Correia, Gef Fox, Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag, and Brian Niemeier. (Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editors of the day James H. Burns and Kyra.)

Comments on Bayou Renaissance Man post “The State of the Tor Boycott (And SJW’s)” – July 2

Peter Grant

I’d say it’s certain that we’re on track to cost Tor a six-figure sum this year, and probably that will continue for the foreseeable future.

Mike Glyer

Could you share the calculation behind this estimate?

Anonymous

If he’s talking gross sales and not net, the calculation is simple: X people not buying Y books for an average price of Z.

Lets say that, the boycotters normally buy…. 10 Tor books each, 3 HC, 7 PB (or ebook equivalents). That’s about what, $130 in gross sales by Amazon prices? 800 people boycotting * 130 =104,000.

John Seavey

Well, first off, you’d need to cut those prices by 30% or more, because Tor sells the books wholesale to retailers who mark it up to SRP. Retailers would be taking that hit, but it’s spread among all retailers.

But more importantly, where is Peter getting a figure of 800 boycotters who spent $130 per year on Tor books pre-boycott? The number of people willing to send an email, thr absolute minumum in time and effort, topped out at 765. And many of those admitted they didn’t like or buy Tor books. I’d say you can half that number, probably even quarter it. Then take another 30% off for the wholesale discount. So it’s probably hitting Tor to the tune of $20,000 a year.

Peter Grant

@John Seavey: Those figures are not mine, but another commenters. My figures, based on actual e-mails and many conversations, plus discussions with others involved, are considerably higher in terms of the number of individuals involved. The amount they used to spend on Tor books ranges from $10-$20 per year all the way to a couple of hundred dollars.

Multiply your guesstimate of $20K by at least seven, and you’ll get close to what I consider to be the current impact of the boycott. The word is still being spread by supporters, and more people are joining it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the financial impact rather higher by the end of the year. Time will tell.

 

Adam-Troy Castro on Facebook – June 25

Rabid-puppy moment of the day: John C. Wright, who is now advising readers that he really doesn’t want anybody to boycott Tor because it would hurt him, wants “Mr. {Moshe} Feder, Miss Gallo, and Mr Nielsen Hayden to get back to the their job of editing books, and cease moonlighting as…” {among other things} “Christ-hating crusaders for Sodom.”

To be sure, he represents this as something he would say if he wasn’t keeping firm control of himself in order to avoid escalation, something he (heh heh heh) Isn’t *quite* saying, at least not at this point, but something he would say if he were to offer an opinion, so please don’t misrepresent him as actually saying it.

But he does make it clear that he would say this, quite happily, in a parallel world not very far removed from this one.

No, he’s not saying any of that, not really, but you, his alleged followers, can say whatever you want, nudge nudge, wink wink.

Putting this in perspective, John C. Wright is trying to stave off a boycott of the publisher who pays him, because of a creative director there who dared to suggest that some of his movement are neo-Nazis, and he’s doing this by applying the adjective “Christ-Hating” in part to an editor named Moshe who wears a yarmulke. He’s doing this while closely allied with a small press writer/editor who thinks we might all want to thank a racially-motivated spree killer someday.

“I’m not a Nazi, but damn the Jews, and mass murder is fine with my buddy here.” ….

 

Lou Antonelli on This Way to Texas

“Spell my name right” – July 2

Since I am a fellow traveler, not a ring leader of the Sad Puppies, I’ve never felt the same emotional investment as other people. I do know that I have a temper that can be set off by punching the wrong button, and I’ve always tried to control that. Some bystanders to the ongoing controversy have noticed that, too.

When I was growing up I was called Pollyanna by my mother because I refused to punch out people who disagreed with me. My father considered any discussion that ended short of gun play as cordial. It was an atypical childhood.

In a discussion yesterday on a web site about my blog post yesterday, one person said:

“I find Antonelli a bit more reasonable than the rest of the puppies. He has stated that the slate was a big mistake, has said that he doesn’t like the use of the word SJW and has said that it shouldn’t be a SP4 next year.

“I think he’s one that it is actually possible to have a discussion with and not just getting talking points back. Main problem is that he seems to have the temper of an irritated grizzly that missed his morning trout.”

In light that I am Italian, have diabetes and the body build of a bear, this is the most insightful thing anyone has ever said about me. Got me down, cold.

P.S. I still think any incarnation of Sad Puppies next year is a bad idea, and I will certainly not participate in any manner.

 

Shaun Duke on World in a Satin Bag

“On Unofficial Blacklists: Why I Keep a Mental List of Authors I Won’t Read” – July 1

To be clear, I don’t stick someone on my DNR list for having different political views than myself.  I DNR authors because of how they express those views.  There are a lot of authors who don’t share my worldview.  Most of those authors aren’t on my DNR list because they have never given me a good reason to put them there.  We disagree.  That’s it.  Big woop.  They’re not actively trying to have my mother’s rights stripped away, nor are they arguing that women should be assaulted for their own good or defending acid attacks or claiming that people of color are half-savages.  We just disagree with me (or other people) about things.  If we ever discuss those differences, it’s most often a discussion.  No rants and figurative rock throwing.

Sarah A. Hoyt on According To Hoyt

“Why Are You So Angry?” – July 2

….Last time I rose above peeved was reading Irene Gallo’s comments, and fortunately being on this side of the keyboard, I couldn’t reach through the monitor. When hands started shaking on keyboard, I went upstairs and perpetrated violence on waxed floors, which more or less fixed it. Or at least got rid of the strength to do anything.

But I think the trolls who as “Why are you so angry?” though it’s mostly an invalidating technique are also aware that we have reason to be angry. H*ll, they’d be angry if they were us, right?

And so… and so, I’ll give the reasons we have to be angry.

  • Anyone who goes against the Marxist line and points out that they’re lying gets persecuted and there are attempts to destroy them, ranging from professional to real destruction. Peter Grant and I should be grateful all they did was tar us with racist, sexist, homophobic and neo-nazi, particularly when those accusations are risible to anyone not deep in koolaid guzzling territory.

 

Duncan Mitchel on This Is So Gay

“An Area Which We Call The Comfort Zone” – June 22

Bradford concludes by asking the reader, “Are you up to this challenge?”  I wonder who she imagines her reader to be.  A straight white cis male could reasonably respond that he reads primarily work by straight white cis males in order to avoid writing that he actively hates, or that offends him so much that he rage-quits reading it.  (Something like this is the expressed motive of the Sad Puppies / Rabid Puppies who enraged a lot of science-fiction fandom by stacking the Hugo Awards ballots with work that didn’t offend their sensibilities or politics.)  The challenge she offers her readers is not the challenge — which is not the right word — she offered herself, and I’m not sure she realizes that.  My problem with Bradford’s piece is not that she focuses on race, gender, and sexuality illegitimately, as some of her white male critics accused her of doing, but that she’s not clear in her own mind about what she’s doing, or what it means.  To non-straight-cis-white-male readers, increasing the number of non-straight-cis-white-male writers they read means something quite different than the same program will mean to straight white cis male readers.  I must say, I was taken aback by her claim that she began reading only “stories by a certain type of author.”  It seems to me that she chose to read stories by several different types of authors, unless she read only stories by queer transgender women of color, and it doesn’t appear that she did….

Paradoxically, narrowing her focus in one respect broadened it another: by deciding to read more work by women, by people of color, by non-heterosexuals, and so on allowed Bradford to encounter writing and perspectives she might otherwise have missed.  There is too much to read out there, and no matter what we choose to read, there is vastly more that we can’t.  But even straight white cisgendered men aren’t all alike, and there’s as much range among their work, as much to learn and discover in it, as there is among queer trans women of color.  And if Bradford hasn’t discovered plenty of offensive, infuriating content in the work of non-white etc. writers, maybe she hasn’t been paying enough attention…..

 

John C. Wright

“Larry Correia and his Twit Service!” – July 3

The world reeled in flabberghastizement to read this generous announcement from the International Lord of Good Sense, Larry Correia:

So the author of 50 Shades of Grey did a Twitter Q&A, and in a series of events that came as a shock to exactly nobody on the internet except for the author and her publicist, trolls showed up to mock the hell out of her. The author was unprepared and it was a public relations disaster.

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Brian Niemeier on Superversive SF

“Transhuman and Subhuman Part XII: The Big Three of Science Fiction” – July 2

The twelfth essay in Transhuman and Subhuman by John C. Wright corrects the popular misconception that the third member of the Big Three Campbellian authors, alongside Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, wasn’t Arthur C. Clarke or Ray Bradbury, but A.E. van Vogt…..

Hard science fiction, says Wright, “consists of two elements…first, a social or philosophical commentary about man’s place in the universe…second, a fascination with the nuts and bolts of legitimate speculation into the near future of technical advance…” Campbell was the first to popularize stories combining both elements.

Describing the definitive mood and spirit of Campbellian tales is difficult these days, Wright contends, because they were “an extension of the scientific optimism and classical liberalism of the time.” A further characteristic of Campbell’s stories was “…a touching childlike faith in Theory, and, for conservatives (in the brilliant words of William Briggs) ‘Love of Theory is the Root of All Evil.’”

 

Gef Fox on Wag The Fox

“Chasing Tale [July 2, 2015]: Hugo, I’ll Stay”  – July 2

I received my Hugo Voter Packet last week, and with it were the majority of nominated works which I must now attempt to read before the end of July so that I can place an informed vote on which books are most deserving in my view of receiving awards. After reading a half dozen or so thus far, it is … a mixed bag. So … yeah. I’m not reading a bad book cover to cover. No way. So, depending upon how many of these erroneously nominated works fail to hook me, it may not be such a slog to read through the entire packet after all.

 

Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag on Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog

“Hugo Reading – Novelette” – July 2

  • “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium”, Gray Rinehart (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, 05-2014) I quite liked this one. It felt like it needed one or two more go-rounds with an editor to finish polishing it, but it had good ideas, a functional and nasty threat and a character I liked as the lead. It was a good length for what it was trying to do. There were some questions and plot holes, but the set-up was good enough I didn’t really worry about them until thinking about the tale in reflection. In short, a solid story. I’m not sure it’s Hugo worthy, but it was good.
  • “Championship B’tok”, Edward M. Lerner (Analog, 09-2014) This story made me very upset. Not because it wasn’t good, but because it was moderately ok and interesting… and then it just ended. No conclusions, no solutions, no answers. It just ended. I don’t know, but I kind of expected the novelettes to be self-contained, or at least be the end of a chapter and not stop before any resolution. I wouldn’t call this the best story even before the abrupt ending, but with that ending? No. Just no.
  • “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt translator (Lightspeed, 04-2014) A charming little story with a little bit of whimsy along with some very odd science. It’s also a romance story gone bad. It’s an ok story, but I’m not sure it really deserves the Hugo.
  • “The Journeyman: In the Stone House”, Michael F. Flynn (Analog, 06-2014) I tried to read this. I started it three times but just couldn’t get into it. The language turned me off, I guess. I just couldn’t do it. I’m seeing people referring to this as “bouncing off” a work. I suppose that’s descriptive enough. This work was not for me and will not be on my ballot.
  • “The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale”, Rajnar Vajra (Analog, 07/08-2014) This one came oh so close. It’s almost there. It was a good tale, written with a lot of sarcastic wit. It was the wit that amused me the most, but it almost went over the top multiple times (which I guess would mean for some folks it did go over the top). It almost nailed the landing, but the impact wasn’t nearly as great as I expected. I’m not sure where it stumbled, but it missed something in there that made it not quite as good as it ought to have been. Hugo worthy? No, not really.

 

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549 thoughts on “With Six You Get Sleigh Dogs 7/2

  1. Three freaking cheers for Jim Henley, The Mescaleros get too little love

  2. NelC on July 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm said:
    I don’t want to make anyone cry, but as a poor and broke Brit with no taste, I frequently use pizza bases to pile whatever random foods I have available on top of. I never use mozzarella, for example, because it’s too expensive, and besides it never keeps, so mild cheddar is fine for me,

    Sob

  3. The meat pie floater is quite an experience, but so is having a meat pie with a raised pie lid rim that is filled with mashed potato, then a scoop of mushy peas and another of gravy. After you figure out how to start eating it then it all makes sense.

  4. A “four-cheese” pizza in the UK always involves some kind of cheddar. I just can’t get used to it.

  5. Returning somewhat to topic and because I’m researching something for a project, any favorite coffee references in SF/F?

  6. Jamaica Blue Mountain, in the Mote in God’s Eye books

    And the whole focus of Bury on coffee

  7. Will on July 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm said:
    Why is there never any pizza in the future? Something to do with cheese dynamics in zero gravity environments?

    There is pizza in The Ballad of Halo Jones (when she is in the army)

  8. The Irish boiling everything: Origin of the New England boiled dinner.

    Irish-Americans funding the IRA: Ted Kennedy and Tip O’Neill put in years speaking to big groups, small groups, chu groups, going bar to bar and even dooor to door, making people understand that NORAID was directly funding bombers and they should stop donating. Their treatment in the British media and often by British pols didn’t inspire immitation by other Irish-American pols. They largely succeeded in Massachusetts, at least, though.

    Then came Thatchrr, the best fundraiser the IRA ever had in North America. And they had it to do all over again–and they did, maybe not with quite the same level of enthusiasm; Tip in particular was getting older. And again the British media and sometimes British pols treated them like IRA supporters, in happy disregard of reality. Again, didn’t inspire immitation.

    Then some years later, Ted’s nephew Joe was my Congressman, and he visited Northern Ireland. His “welcome” included getting buzzed by British army helicopters. And the British media claimed him to be an IRA supporter from a family of IRA supporters, as indeed they treated most Irish-American pols not named Reagan.

    It’s amazing how being treated like shit when they try to help affects people’s willingness to try to help.

  9. When I was growing up I was called Pollyanna by my mother because I refused to punch out people who disagreed with me. My father considered any discussion that ended short of gun play as cordial. It was an atypical childhood.

    First off, I don’t know whether I’m more disbelieving or saddened by the idea that a child called “Pollyanna” grew up to be such an aggressive jerk. Maybe more disbelieving.

    Secondly, that commentary on the violent nature of his parents is chilling in the extreme. If any of that is true, you can’t really be surprised that, when reacting to group identity threat, he wants to whole-heartedly prove his membership with aggression.

  10. “Putting this in perspective, John C. Wright is trying to stave off a boycott of the publisher who pays him, because of a creative director there who dared to suggest that some of his movement are neo-Nazis, and he’s doing this by applying the adjective “Christ-Hating” in part to an editor named Moshe who wears a yarmulke.”

    What a vile and cowardly ort of feces this is. I see the method here is merely to make so many false and outrageous accusations that no one can possibly refute them.

    Since I am an open philosemite, active supporter of the State of Israel, an unapologetic Zionist, and married the daughter of a Jew, and since I immediately ban any holocaust deniers who dare to show their subhuman snouts on my blog, the accusation that I am an antisemite is beyond libel, beyond madness.

    Why not simply accuse me of being a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater while you are at it?

    The Christ-haters hate Christ because they are Social Justice Warriors, which is a religion that is jealous, and excludes the practice of Christian and Jewish faith alike.

    It was the God of Abraham, the God worshiped by all practicing Jews, who destroyed the city of Sodom and outlawed the practices which made that name a curse. I am being reviled precisely because I love and fear the God of Moses.

    I am against the SJWs precisely for the same reason I am for the Jews. I hate bullies and cowards, and I hate liars, and I hate antisemitism with an unquenchable burning hatred, and I love the people that God loves.

    Mr Glyer, for a while, you had won my respect, as you seemed to be an honest fellow, trying to maintain some sense of fairplay. I called your blog a wretched hive of scum and villainy as a joke, which you took up.

    But this is beyond the pale, that you should print such things of me, or aid and condone these libels. I trust you will reprint these remarks of mine in a prominent place.

    John C Wright

  11. ‘African American’

    I had a student, a recent white immigrant from the UK, who asked in class if there wasn’t an alternative in the US to the phrase “African American” because it clearly didn’t describe many black people who were not American (e.g., visitors from elsewhere, very recent immigrants etc.). She had inculcated the common idea of the white middle-class of the Bay Area that Caucasians shouldn’t say “black” to refer to dark-skinned people of African descent.

    The other middle-class white woman in the class, an American, suggested that an alternative was “POC” (for “people of color”, of course, though the student didn’t spell out what the initials mean.)

    This lead the three people of color in the class—Americans of Filipino, South Asian, and Chinese descent—to ask, almost simultaneously, “What does ‘POC’ mean?”

  12. As a former pizza delivery driver the “deliverator” sequence of Snowcrash is possibly my very favorite opening of a novel ever.

    The Deliverator’s car has enough potential energy packed into its batteries to fire a pound of bacon into the Asteroid Belt.

  13. I had a blog for fourteen years and never had to ban a Holocaust denier for the simple reason that my blog never attracted Holocaust deniers.

    I wonder why John C Wright has to deal with them with some frequency. (I am pleased to hear that he bans them, of course.)

  14. John C Wright on July 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm said:

    the accusation that I am an antisemite is beyond libel, beyond madness.

    Welp, we better get the paralegals on that one then!

  15. I remember watching the Winter Olympics and one of the commentators referred to a competitor from one of the Scandinavian countries as African-American before realizing they weren’t American at all. There was stumbling as they tried to come up with the proper adjective before they just let the point drop.

  16. At least “African-American” isn’t as daft as “Caucasian”.

    That was also the student’s term, used in describing her difficulty.

  17. So concerned about the effect of others’ words on himself; so blithe about the effect of his words on others. “That was a man!” nobody ever sad of him.

  18. Dear Mr Wright,
    1. Thanks for the cat
    2. I have found it best over the years that to avoid being mistaken on the net for somebody who hates a given group to firstly avoid using pejorative terms associated with hating that group (cf “Christ-hating”) and secondly to avoid expressing opinions with a frequent comorbidity with groups who hate specific ethnicities (e.g. statements involving hate toward specific sexualities).
    3. I like your hat.

  19. What a vile and cowardly ort of feces this is.

    It’s an ethnic Irish delicacy of some sort?

    The Christ-haters hate Christ because they are Social Justice Warriors, which is a religion that is jealous, and excludes the practice of Christian and Jewish faith alike.

    And yet you went and called a Jewish person a Christ-hater. Tsk tsk tsk.

    It was the God of Abraham, the God worshiped by all practicing Jews, who destroyed the city of Sodom and outlawed the practices which made that name a curse

    I bet they boiled their pizzas, too.

  20. But this is beyond the pale, that you should print such things of me, or aid and condone these libels

    At the very least they should’ve included the disclaimer that they weren’t really saying such things of you, but if they were they would say those things, but they’re not really saying them so it doesn’t count, even if they might be true.

    Because then it would be ok.

  21. @Nick Mamatas — I’m surprised you put “One Bright Star to Guide Them” above no award. I’m curious what attracted you about it. Did you write a review?

    (Although maybe I shouldn’t bring this up now that the writer has appeared to haunt the thread…)

  22. It just seemed like all the oxygen got consumed…

    I wanted to thank all who recommended Tim Powers’ books over the last few days. Picked up a few and am enjoying them.

  23. @Jack Lint

    I think there is a story about Kriss Akabusi a black British runner, the 4x400m relay had just won a medal, maybe even a gold and a US reporter was trying to interview him.
    “So, Kriss, what does this mean to you as an African-American?”
    “I’m not American, I’m British”
    “Yes, but as a British African-American …”
    “I’m not African. I’m not American. I’m British.”
    The interview went on for some time in this manner before the reporter got so flustered that she gave up and went to interview someone else.

    I haven’t been able to find anything to exactly identify the interview, but seem to have some recollection of it myself and it certainly fits in with Akabusi’s sense of humour to carry on winding the reporter up.

  24. (Off the ferry and back on my home island. *waves* Read the first couple of hundred pages of Seveneves. Interesting to see how the asteroid mining book Stephenson talked about list time he was at FiRe turned out – especially after meeting the Planetary Resources folk last year)

  25. What a vile and cowardly ort of feces this is

    Was unable to read all of that without my inner voice turning it into Ian Paisley’s booming tones. With a hint of BRIAN BLESSED.

  26. Rabscuttle on July 3, 2015 at 10:41 am said:

    My Georgia students mostly identified as Southern (i.e. we like the rebel flag.)

    This is (or was, as it is finally changing a bit) a very real thing on account of “the recent unpleasantness” or “the lost cause”. Plenty of people in the South continue to fight/resent/mythologize the Civil War. My paternal grandmother was absolutely rabid about “them d&$n Yankees” invading her beloved Texas in the 80s. I knew people living near the Okefenokee Swamp in Florida who were planning on how to win the “next round” in the 70s!

    So, yeah, WHITE American southern identity trumped other ethnicities most of the time. And we are mostly descended from Brit/Scot/Welsh/Irish/some Germanic people who immigrated (willingly or not) before 1776. Most of the big influx of immigrants in the 19th century went to the northern cities.

    In fact, I read that most of us from those old immigrant families are traceably related to each other because the South was so insular both before and after the Civil War. I have no *known* immigrants to America in my ancestry later than the mid 1700s.

    But I HATE that effing flag!

  27. Well, I dare say that Margaret Thatcher learnt her lesson when the Grand Hotel went up; if she’d just been a nicer person everything would have been fine.

    I do have an indirect connection with the Brighton bombing; my 30 seconds of TV fame was when a reporter covering the trial of Patrick Magee at the Old Bailey saw an ambulance flanked by police cars at Barts A&E unloading a stretcher with a very pregnant woman with some of her clothes and hair burnt off. The hospital had to put out a statement confirming that there had been an explosion but it was the result of an exploding oxygen regulator and subsequent fire, not the work of terrorists.

  28. *sigh*

    Still Christian.
    Still not a Marxist.
    Still like Heinlein.

    Does that cover all the usuals?

  29. “What a vile and cowardly ort of feces this is.”

    I like that he starts his post with an abstract.

  30. I think there were CNN reports of Nelson Mandela becoming the first African American president of South Africa.
    I also remember some problems convincing posters on rec.arts.comics that The Black Panther was not the first African American superhero. I think we concluded that honour went to The Falcon.

  31. I do have an indirect connection with the Brighton bombing; my 30 seconds of TV fame was when a reporter covering the trial of Patrick Magee at the Old Bailey

    Misread that at “Patrick Macnee”and was momentarily boggled.

  32. Once, a Harry Potter fan in transformative works fandom got very upset with everyone because Dean Thomas was routinely being referred to as black rather than African-American. It was very special.

  33. The interesting thing about the Men of Sodom is that they were would-be rapists. They didn’t say, “Hey, please ask the visitors if they want to come out for some consensual guy-on-guy action,” They demanded, “Send out your visitors so we can violate them against their will.”

    Then Lot, that prince among men, offered them his daughters as substitute rape victims. Because dammit, it’s important to be a good host.

  34. I take note of Ezekiel 16:49: Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Application is left as an exercise for the reader.

  35. @Jim That offering up of the daughters almost always seems to be overlooked when considered as a prescriptive tale.

  36. Re: John C. Wright “I hate liars, ”

    Christ, what an asshole.

    This after his cutesy calls for a boycott of his publisher with a grade-school level of deniability.

  37. I am being reviled precisely because I love and fear the God of Moses.

    Don’t sell yourself short. You’re reviled for much more than that.

  38. The god of Moses always bothered me from a story perspective. It is clearly a different character than the god Abraham encountered AND gives a very evasive answer when Moses asks directly who he is. Then the writers just forget about the plot twist they set up.

  39. Novella:
    One Bright Star to Guide Them
    NO AWARD

    I’m surprised you’d help a Castalia House work win a Hugo despite bloc voting. You must really like the story.

  40. I am being reviled precisely because I love and fear the God of Moses.

    I hear Muslims have this same problem.

  41. “I am being reviled precisely because I love and fear the God of Moses.”

    Don’t sell yourself short. You’re reviled for much more than that.

    It’s true. Notice that he also conflates ‘thinks John C Wright is a jerk’ with ‘Christ-hater’.

    Has anyone told him lately that he actually isn’t Christ?

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