Tag Archives: Orthodoxy

Disembodied speech

Dogma: You are to believe this without question.

My housemate attended Empowerment Temple, and idolized its pastor, Jamal Harrison Bryant.  He told me this exchange he heard in the reception line after a service.

Jamal Harrison Bryant told this man, “God told me to tell you [thus-and-so].”  The man said, “I don’t believe that.”  Bryant answered, “If you don’t believe that, then you don’t believe God.”

Hearing this, I was incensed.  This epitomized what we call “disembodied speech.”

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Orthodoxy

White Americans are nearly as blind to their racism as ever before

An orthodoxy is a system of ideas that adherents insist one must accept without question.  In other words, a set of dogmas.

Every media outlet has one.  It may be implied or explicit; flexible or rigid; narrow or broad; but it’s there.  It defines what ideas that media outlet will allow to be expressed.  In publishing media, it determines what will and won’t get published.

An obstacle facing me in my hopes of getting published, is that I seem somehow always to run afoul of a given media outlet’s orthodoxy.

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