The Christian Post has a typically whining bit of persecution posing that claims that their side of the gay rights debate is being “shut down.” And their big example for this is that a press conference for a new book by a totally obscure figure didn’t get any media attention:
Although his newly published book A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been sits near the top of Amazon’s Gay and Lesbian Nonfiction bestsellers list, author Michael L. Brown’s Wednesday press conference kicking off his Washington, D.C., book tour failed to garner any members of the mainstream press.
“I was disappointed that Beliefnet, Washington Post (On Faith), no one was at the news conference,” said friend and colleague the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney.
And they contrast that with a pro-gay rights book by another evangelical pastor:
Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, was quick to point to the media buzz that swirled around young evangelical Pastor Rob Bell’s latest book, Love Wins.
“Rob Bell’s got massive media coverage – secular media,” he noted. Stories about Bell’s book appeared in the religion columns of news outlets such as The Washington Post, CNN, Huffington Post, The New York Times and USA Today.
By contrast, Brown’s book received “virtually no coverage,” said Mahoney.
A couple of points. First, Brown is a non-entity. There are any number of far more prominent voices on this issue that would undoubtedly have gotten far more attention for writing a new book just because they’re far better known. Maggie Gallagher, Stanley Kurtz, Robert George, Tony Perkins and many more anti-gay rights figures have gotten enormous media attention for their writings and speeches on the subject.
But who is Brown? He’s “an adjunct professor at seven seminaries.” I’ve followed this issue closely for years and I’ve never heard of the guy. It’s hardly a wonder that no one bothered to show up to cover the announcement of his book.
And has it occurred to them that Rob Bell’s book received more attention simply because it’s not news that an evangelical pastor would write an anti-gay book, but it is news if they write a pro-gay book?
Several young seminary students did attend the book launch at the National Press Club. However, Brown stated, “I didn’t write this book to be read by people who agree with me. I wrote this book to have a conversation, to have a dialogue.”
Sorry, but dialogue isn’t really possible if you’re going to begin that dialogue by declaring that gays are some huge threat to the existence of the family and the nation, which is exactly the position that Brown takes.