And what qualifies him to write a book about, well, anything (except maybe coping with puberty)? This is precisely everything that’s wrong with publishing today.
A prominent Christian publisher cancelled a book project this week after the author refused to say that he did “not condone, encourage, or accept the homosexual lifestyle.”
The publisher, Destiny Image, told author Brandan Roberston on February 19 that they would no longer publish his manuscript, Nomad: Not-So-Religious Thoughts On Faith, Doubt, and the Journey In Between, for financial reasons. Robertson, the evangelical organizer for Faith in Public Life, who only makes a glancing reference to homosexuality in the manuscript, recently told TIME that he identifies as queer. He said the publisher told him there was concern that evangelical bookstores would not carry the book.
The issue of his interests sexually are of no concern to me and I don’t care that his publisher has decided to dump him for them. What I do care about is the absurdity of a publisher publishing a book by a kid about a topic concerning which he has insufficient life experience to appreciate. It’s just idiotic. It’s as bad, if not worse, than those ridiculous ‘autobiographies’ that persons like Justin Bieber and other celebs spew like baby vomit. Publishers who publish that kind of Dreck aren’t deserving of having customers.
And no, it’s not because the kid is a kid either. I’d be calm as a glass sea about it if he were writing about something he knew but I guarantee you, he knows nothing about faith, doubt, or traversing the distance between them at his age.
The second issue I have is the fact that he and his thoughts (good Lord) are being marketed as if stemming from some sort of ‘Evangelical Leader’. If THIS is what Evangelical leadership looks like, then it deserves to wither under the glaring light of disdain and scorn. ‘Evangelicals for Marriage Equality’ indeed. Let’s wait until the kid has been married a few years before we start fawning over him, ok publishers? Just because he’s a not bad looking kid doesn’t mean he’s worth publishing. Unless publishing has become identical with boy band creating…
Publishers are becoming more and more disappointing in their attempts to grab the youth audience. And less and less supportable.
After he graduated from college last year, Robertson, now 22, became the national spokesperson for Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, an initiative started by millennials to help evangelicals support civil gay marriages. He spoke at a Reformation Project conference, an effort by fellow evangelical activist Matthew Vines to raise up affirming evangelicals in every evangelical church in the country, last fall. Robertson also blogs regularly about issues of social justice, and sexuality, on his Patheos blog, “Revangelical,” and has been featured in numerous news outlets for his work to encourage evangelicals toward greater gay and lesbian inclusion. TIME featured Robertson in January in a magazine story, “Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage.”
I’ve not felt badly for Evangelicalism for a long time- but I do now. Very badly. This is the ‘best’ they have to proffer in their attempt to persuade millenials to flock to their folds. Better no Evangelicalism at all than that it become this miserable caricature of authentic Christianity.
Destiny publishes popular Christian authors including pastors T.D. Jakes and Bill Johnson.
Well then… maybe they should publish the tikes little volume. It will fit right in with their other authors…