Certifiable hack and Christian apologist Dinesh D'Souza will regale a Nashville audience tonight (7 p.m. sharp) at Vanderbilt University's Sarratt Cinema to hump his new book, Godforsaken, and deliver a speech that is sure to throw red meat to a narrow coterie of already-believers and generally annoy most other people who will be doing other, likely godless things with their evening.
D'Souza's lecture, titled “How Christianity Shaped America: Religious Liberty and Liberal Intolerance," is sponsored by the university's student newspaper, The Vanderbilt Torch, which regurgitated D'Souza's press release's talking points on their website earlier this week:
Called one of the “top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily, D’Souza quickly became a major influence on public policy through his writings. Illiberal Education, his first book publicized the phenomenon of political correctness in America’s colleges and universities and was on the best seller list for 15 weeks. Subsequent bestsellers include Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader, The Virtue of Prosperity, What’s So Great About America, Letters to a Young Conservative and What’s So Great About Christianity, and The Roots of Obama’s Rage. His latest work, Godforsaken, responds to the problem of evil.
A prolific, [sic] writer, persuasive debater, and sought after speaker on college campuses as well as many other venues, D’Souza has been named one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times.
Behold the magic of the press release! Magic, because nowhere in the above ego-massaging propaganda does it mention that D'Souza:
‣ believes liberals are responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and, due to their hedonistic ways, culpable for the horrors of Abu Ghraib;
‣ knows but cannot prove President Obama is a Kenyan Marxist, because duh;
‣ thinks slavery wasn't all that bad because slaves were treated "pretty well";
‣ stole correspondence from Dartmouth's gay student alliance in order to out gay students in the student newspaper (and then denied it ever happened);
‣ published illustrations of a hanged black man in a fictitious interview with a Ku Klux Klansman as editor of the Dartmouth Review;
‣ wants the 1964 Civil Rights Act repealed because it's not working;
‣ dated Ann Coulter;
‣ claims quantum physics is proof of an afterlife!
While we salivate with glee how he plans to explain away such prickly topics such as The Jefferson Bible, Non-Christian Deism, that blasted 1796 Treaty with Tripoli, or facts in general, we can rest assured that given D'Souza's penchant for baseless conspiracy theories and all-around smugness, hearing him give a talk on intolerance will be good, clean and cheap entertainment.