Hat tip to Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan, who quotes vile anti-gay comments on the blog of Ann Althouse, the Robert W. & Irma M. Arthur-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Althouse is teaching on the Madison campus this fall.
The comments are on Althouse's 23-word post about Sullivan and Sarah Palin's pregnancy. The mere mention of Sullivan, an HIV-positive gay man, triggered these responses:
sullivan has had his fudge packed so tightly it has replaced what diseased grey matter may have once occupied is cranium-
Here is a human whose sexual desires fight against the flow of life itself. Cursed by a disease that may wither him to a shrub of what he once was, he screams for more attention. It's all about taking down the societal purity the Palin represents. If you believe that there is a Mind that created the physical universe, ask that Andrew is healed.
Um, ok but isn't it a direct truism that by definition a raging homosexual such as Sullivan would be the human manifestation of resistance to shame?
One ought always to refer to Sully by his true and complete regnal name: Her Divine Majesty Queen Mary Jane Milky Loads, Sultana of Sodom, Governess of Gomorrah, and Empress of All Urania.
it's easy for gay guys to tumble into a ghetto where a woman is threatening for no reason other than that she doesn't have a dick. for sullivan, though, it's probably worse because SP is more butch than anything that's fucked sullivan in a very long time. all very confusing stuff for him.
What, A. Sullivan is still in country? Why for goodness sakes? What does it take to deport perverts and scofflaws like A. Sullivan?
I didn't think Andrew Sullivan cared as much about her belly as he cared about her vagina. Never has someone with no working knowledge of a cooch obsessed as much about it.
Well, of course he has an amazing resistance to shame. He is openly and proudly gay while an adherent of a religion that clearly calls his sexual behavior abhorent and damnable. How could he not be amazingly resistant to shame?
Sarah is a fertility goddess, and that magic power intimidates the death-loving, poo-pounding Sully. He rejects life, life-giving, and life-bearers.
Sullivan describes Althouse's blog as widely read, which is true, but also conservative. That second claim is disputed, tediously so. But it's certainly the case that the views expressed by those readers are not, ah, progressive. Writes Sullivan, "Althouse's engagement in the comments section and failure to remove any of these remarks is eloquent."
Agreed. These slurs appear quite literally under Althouse's name. If her policy is not to delete comments, that's her prerogative. But what purpose is served by leaving them up, other than to humiliate gays like Sullivan and me and further curdle an already dismal political discourse? Is this prominent Madisonian proud to have these people as readers?
Addendum: Those are nine separate quotes up there, not one. I could have made that clearer.