Thankfully, I decided to skip the Sociology Prom and finish my book (which I did!), and take a family vacation and race bikes and shit. But, alas, the high school sociology meetings intrude on my cognitive space. The latest bullshit was this total fucking dweeb ass summary of abstracts from the AAR meetings. Jesus fucking a frog. Anyone who goes to the AAR should have their sociology card revoked. And, of course, the list of serious intellectuals was a who’s who of Christianist sociology. I’m surprised Marky Regnerus and Bradley Wilcox weren’t on the tally, after all it was fronted by Christian Smith!
I’m not going to comment at this time on the full ledger of hamfisted and disconnected bullshit that gives me no hope for the field, but I do want to say just a bit about the claim that somehow a clan of conservative Christians came up with a solid measure of religion and that this is one of the pinnacle achievements of Christian sociology in the early 21st century…..First, it would be nice if somehow people realized that many of us knew how to classify religion long before a handful of jesus freak students at a Pew of Lilly funded christian sociologist development workshop began trying their cum laden hands to the task. Yeah, maybe it isn’t too hard to beat Tom Smith’s three way classification, but the bullshit concoction these losers came up with can’t even do that! It’s fucking nuts! READ THE FUCKING PUBLICATIONS. They made a less parsimonious classification that does no better than Smith. And, of course, anyone who actually studied the sociology of religion knew that much better classification systems had been developed by Stark and Glock, Roof and McKinney, and (my personal favorite) Kluegel.
What is most bestest is how the pasty white conservative Christians who formulated this bullshit system of the classification of denominational identifications decided that ALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE THE SAME. Yes, as we prepare to enter a society where most people are NOT white, we should continue to examine Not White People as if they are all the same. Because, fuck them. Then shoot them. I mean, what the fuck. They’re all the same, right? I think I have six or seven publications examining this issue, and my vague recollection is NO. No, they are not all alike. They have different views of political issues, varying levels of social status, and different patterns of association and co-involvement. There is no such thing as a “Black Protestant” and the construction and promotion of this is a hindrance to social science based primarily on the racist predilections of conservative Christian “social scientists.”