Oh, happy day! In his ongoing quest to tamp every jot and tittle of Dixiehood into the mire of liberation theology, Reformland’s very own Charles Sumner, Dr. Joel, has turned his grossly misaligned sights on Robert Lewis Dabney. In a yawn-inducing two articles – a double-header of dreck – McDurmon rehashes the old canards regular readers of our site have come to expect from this pathetic dependent on Gary North’s trust fund – Dabney was a racist, and stupid, and stupidly racist, and racistly stupid, and so forth. They are so pettily vindictive as to not be worthy of a rebuttal – your typical case of a little man attempting to hurl ordure upon a big one. If you insist on torturing yourself, you can read the two polemics here and here.
What’s remarkable about these two pieces, however, is the accompanying artwork McDurr saw fit to illustrate his smear jobs – featuring a very dishonest Photoshop edit of Dabney’s well-known stern visage. (Editor’s note: McDurmon has, between this article’s writing and publication, removed the doctored photos from his own pieces.) McDurr was so proud of his newly discovered inner Mathew Brady that he incorporated the botched results into not one, but two entirely separate tableaux:
Now, it’s obvious what McDurmon was trying to accomplish here. He always has had a strong tendency towards wince-inducing hipsterism, and by superimposing Dabney glancing sideways at some fanciful artistic depictions of slave auctions, he doubtless was trying to capture some of the feel of the cartoon segments on Monty Python’s Flying Circus featuring absurdly modified historical stock photos. (If you look closely at the first photo, it’s obvious that the Negro’s eye has also been rather poorly retouched to meet Dabney’s gaze.) Well, McDurr, let me assure you: you are no Terry Gilliam. I know you have delusions of grandeur that these two hit pieces of yours are the final word on Dabney’s wretched hypocrisy and resulting apostasy. Even if that was the case, do you consider it Christian to mutilate the iconic photo of the man so that he appears weaselly, cunning, and duplicitous – adjectives even his worst nemeses would never dream of using to describe one whose yea was always resoundingly yea and his nay likewise? Doesn’t that strike you as being exceptionally tacky, and show you to be the petty, spiteful titmouse you actually are? Are you envious over his mastery of his subject matter, while in your writings you have demonstrated you haven’t quite mastered the whole concept of proper source citation yet, whether scriptural or otherwise? How dare you? Perhaps you would do well to meditate at length on the Ninth Commandment (assuming you know it) and consider how your little joke grossly violates it.
Of course, there’s considerably more going on here than mere character assassination for the sake of a puerile attempt at humor. As this site has documented before, McDurmon is a Marxist. There’s no sense in using niceties of language, because that’s what he is. Tampering with the documentary record of an individual who has fallen out of grace with the stewards of the current strain of dialectical materialist orthodoxy is a classic trope among Marxists of all stripes – witness Stalin’s erasure of chief NKVD ogre Nikolai Yezhov from all official photos when he no longer had the Immortal’s favor. McDurmon has spent his entire tenure as American Vision head pulping the encyclopedia of received Christianity, so why would he not stoop to an entirely different level of low? Vile ends justify vile means. Here comes what’s left of AV’s readership – thirteen blacks, an El Salvadoran, and a low-level staffer for a pro-life GOP gubernatorial candidate in Delaware – to protest: ‘Dude, you’re reading way too much into a one-time Photoshop job! Take a chill pill!!!’ No, I will not take said pill. This isn’t the only outrage McDurr has pulled lately. In the past week, he has been on an anti-Southern tear, astounding even for him in its virulence. He has posted no less than four articles on the merits of carpetbagging abolitionist busybodyism since the 11th, including a guest piece from Gary DeMar favorably quoting Frederick Douglass’s terrorist homily regarding the constitutional capture of runaway slaves: ‘The true remedy for the Fugitive Slave Bill is a good revolver, a steady hand, and a determination to shoot down any man attempting to kidnap.’ I wonder how our Calvinist Boer brethren, facing an upcoming genocide officially given government sanction, would feel upon reading this timely-posted hosannah to the glories of extralegal black terrorism? McDurr cannot be ignorant over the plight they are in (though he has addressed this sad situation precisely zero times on social media), so his inopportune glee over mass white murder must bespeak either extreme tone-deafness or an evil Jacobin blood thirst. And considering that he and his followers come to resemble Peru’s Shining Path more and more every day, I think giving them the benefit of the doubt is the height of folly.
We here at Faith & Heritage will continue calling out McDurmon and every other Communist turncoat claiming the Reformed mantle early and often. The Light of Christ shall always have the rule over the darkness of confusion.