Harvard University featured left-wing activist and writer Tim Wise as a keynote speaker at its “diversity conference,” despite his past rants against Christians – jesting that they should be “locked up” for believing in a “fairly tale.”
“This is America … people basing their beliefs on the fable of Noah and Ark, or their interpretation of Sodom and Gomorrah...rather than science or logic – if you are basing your morality on a fairy tale written thousands of years ago, you deserve to be locked up … detained for your utter inability to deal with reality,” Wise wrote in a Facebook post dated September 30, 2015. “NO, we are not obligated to indulge your irrationality in the name of your religious freedom … but we will provide you a very comfortable room – against which walls you may hurl yourself hourly if you choose. Knock yourself out … seriously, knock yourself out, completely, for weeks at a time.”
Fitting the mold of a Harvard speaker?
This kind of thinking was welcomed by Harvard – which was ironically founded in 1636 as a Bible school to train clergy – as Wise delivered the keynote address for the university’s “Decade of Dialogue” diversity conference last week.
He closed his Facebook rant by suggesting that Christians should be marginalized or outrightly dismissed as deranged citizens unworthy of a voice.
“I'm sorta kidding, but not by much – I don't believe lunatics like this should be locked up, but I do think they have to be politically destroyed, utterly rendered helpless to the cause of pluralism and democracy ... the world is not theirs,” Wise continued. “They have no right to impose their [expletive] on others. They can either change, or shut the ---- up, or practice their special brand of crazy in their homes...or go away – their choice – and this argument applies to any fundamentalist religionist of any faith who thinks they have a right to impose their beliefs on a secular, pluralistic society. Go away.”
This is the mindset Harvard’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences selected to head off its inclusion event, which was promoted as going against the very bias displayed by Wise.
"Join us for a retrospective look at diversity and inclusion, a discussion of current issues, and practical guidance on how we can move toward greater inclusion and belonging at Harvard," the description of Harvard’s event reads.
However, ascribing to the “white privilege” banter emanating from campus politics across the nation, Wise was careful not to direct his criticism on Christian minorities at Harvard’s inclusion fest.
“Wise avoided inflammatory anti-religious language in his keynote, perhaps mindful that the Christians he wants to incarcerate are a racially diverse lot,” College Fix reported.
More Bible bashing
However, Wise’s Facebook face-job against Christians was by no means a one-time rant, as his attacks on Christianity appear to have flowed freely over the years.
“Wise also called Christians “fundamentalist extremist Jeezoids” earlier in 2015 [on Facebook],” TheBlaze noted. “And after sweeping Republican victories in the 2010 midterm elections, Wise posted ‘An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum’ for his blog.”
He even equated Christians to the likes of Hitler by calling them fascists.
"[F]ascism ... will be welcomed, lock, stock and barrel by persons who pray at every meal to a God they visualize as white, whose son they also think was white, and who they believe is going to rapture them all into the sky upon the blowing of some heavenly trumpet, after which point all those who don't think as they think will be burned in an eternal lake of fire," Wise wrote in his blog back in 2008.
As if Facebook and his blog weren’t enough to wage his attack on Christianity on the Internet, Wise was sure to take a punch at Christians on Twitter – just in case.
"People who believe in a God of hell/damnation deserve to be mocked viciously and run out of public square," the atheist tweeted back in 2012.
A white anti-white
Wise has made a career of bashing whites – including himself – and resumed his anti-white narrative on the Harvard campus.
“[Wise] attributes his success to multiple forms of ‘[white] privilege,’ College Fix’s Alexander Pease pointed out. “The author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority instead emphasized his own wokeness. Wise boasted that he had ‘never been invited to speak by ICE’ – distinguishing himself from a biracial consultant on the panel discussion before his keynote.”
Along with bashing whites, Wise also boosted his popularity amongst progressive Harvard students through his pro-LGBTQ rhetoric.
“He described his teenage daughter as ‘militant, straight and cis-gendered ally to the struggle against transphobia, cisnormativity, and heterosexism and heteronormativity,” Pease recounted. “He jokingly asked the audience to pray for him and his wife as their daughter applies to colleges. The activist emphasized the importance of identifying institutional barriers to diversity and inclusion. White supremacy does not only exist on a case-by-case basis, but more broadly serves to shape the ‘superstructure of society,’ Wise told the audience.”
Paying for previous generations’ sins?
Wise also brought up the issue of paying blacks back for injustices their ancestors experienced – from America’s slaveholding days.
“Transitioning to current events, Wise emphasized his longstanding support for reparations for African Americans,” Pease noted. “He contributed a chapter to the 2003 book Should America Pay? Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations, but he never specified exactly whom should be compensated – or what they should receive.”
He believes a transfer of wealth will rectify past racial injustices.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but the fact that the conversation is being had is fabulous,” Wise insisted, according to the Fix, which mentioned that the liberal speaker considered it a “victory” that major Democratic presidential candidates are being urged to form their stance on reparations.
The self-proclaimed “anti-racism writer, educator and activist” wants to use Georgetown University as an example for colleges and universities across America to follow.
“Another ‘win’ is that colleges are considering reparations, Wise said,” Pease recounted. “He cited a recent vote by Georgetown University students to tax themselves with a new student fee to pay the descendants of slaves sold by the university nearly 200 years ago.”
Even though he does not believe in biblical morality, Wise lectured students about doing the “right” thing.
“There is moral rightness [in this] necessary [discussion, and] something morally redeeming about forcing this conversation,” Wise orated to students. “[My reparations plans call for a] systemic, institutional massive investment – like the stuff we did to rebuild our enemies after WWII with the Marshall Plan. [Reparations cannot be simply a] bill in the mail.”
Joining the anti-Trump narrative
Wise also ceased the opportunity to bash President Donald Trump, who the mainstream media has consistently attempted to portray as racist, especially after its reportedly biased coverage of the Charlottesville racial clash.
“Trump is [and] always was [racist], Wise claimed before the Harvard crowd. “[His election shows that] this country is more sexist and more racist than I realized.”
He said Republicans’ support of Trump emphasizes the importance of educating Americans about their so-called “privilege” in the current political climate.
“Dominant group members had never been asked to think about their identity [throughout American history],” Wise added, according to the Fix, noting the dilemma’s two-edged sword. “If I convince you that your identity provides you with advantages – if I do my job well, which is to prove that white privilege is real and that male privilege is real and that straight privilege is real and that able-bodied privilege is real and there’s lots of them – why would anyone want to get rid of them?”
He contended that higher education has successfully prompted white students to “hoard” their privileges when they are told they exist, arguing that white people are disposed to “internalize superiority.”
“[Academic institutions are obligated to embrace the struggle for social justice ad solidarity’] – not just at the level of rhetoric, but policy, [as well],” Wise lectured students in attendance. “Schools must make mission statements up-to-date [and be] willing to say what it means to operationalize [the implementation of inclusive ideals].”