Michael Eric Dyson On 'The Ed Show': 'Is Compassionate Conservatism Dead?'

Michael Eric Dyson successfully filled in for Ed Schultz on the June 8 edition of The Ed Show by continuing the tradition of blaming America’s problems on Republicans and ranting about their heartlessness. For this show, Dyson chose to focus his opening monologue on blasting “the party that claims to believe in family values and Christian charity” that also calls for Obama to tighten border security and deport illegal immigrants crossing the border.

Dyson stated that “maybe it's time for people of faith to come forward to show conservatives what true compassion means.” He completed his attack on conservative devotion to religion by asking his liberal viewers to text their answer to his poll question “is compassionate conservatism dead?” [See video below. Click here for MP3 audio]

To add even more insult, the MSNBC contributor invited Reverend Doctor Freddie Haynes of the Friendship West Baptist Church onto the show to insult Christian Republicans from inside the church itself. The Reverend claimed that “we live in a time where” conservative politicians like Rick Perry are “being pushed politically to respond to a humanitarian crisis in a way that is immoral.”

The liberal Reverend went out of his way to prove that while “we still have a big heart for a big heart reflects the heart of the Christ ” with room in it for illegal immigrants, the “heart of Christ” is not “big” enough to include conservatives.

See transcript below:

MSNBC
The Ed Show
July 8, 2014
5:05 p.m. Eastern
3 minutes and 47 seconds


MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: Ah, compassionate obstructionism is obviously what that is. All of this is window dressing. Republicans like to claim they stand on the high moral ground, it’s the party that claims to believe in family values and Christian charity. We’ve been hearing a lot about religious freedom and how it relates to laws in the United States over the past few weeks. President Obama is planning to discuss the crisis on the U.S./Mexico border with faith and political leaders during a political fundraising visit in Texas tomorrow. Maybe it's time for people of faith to come forward to show conservatives what true compassion means. If you say you believe in Jesus and believe in the Bible and you believe in your religious virtues, don't just talk about it, be about it. Get your cell phones out. I want to know what you think. Tonight's question, is compassionate conservatism dead? Text A for yes or B for no to 67622, or go to our blog at Ed.MSNBC.com. I'll bring you the results later in the show. I'm joined now by the reverend Dr. Freddie Haynes, the senior pastor for the Friendship West Baptist Church and E.J. Dionne Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor and my Georgetown colleague. Reverend Doctor Haynes the III, do Texans take Rick Perry seriously Reverend?

REV. DOCTOR FREDDIE HAYNES: I hope not. The Rick Perry who spoke out of his heart about having a heart evidently has had a heart attack. Unfortunately we live in a time where he's being pushed politically to respond to a humanitarian crisis in a way that is immoral. And so with Texas being a state of big churches and big faith, I hope we still have a big heart for a big heart reflects the heart of the Christ that many of our conservatives claim to worship. That same Christ said how you treat these little children is a reflection of how you are treating me. As a matter of fact, he also went on to say that we have to be careful how we entertain strangers and how we treat foreigners and then don't forget about children. It's better to have a meal stone tied around your neck then to offend the least of these. So I'm with Rick Perry from a few years ago, let's have a heart. And because these are children who are in need of compassion. And unfortunately, compassionate conservatism, I don't know if that exists anymore.

DYSON: That’s an ironic statement. Maybe  It may be Burt Bacharach was right, anybody who had a heart would at least be open here.

Laura Flint
Laura Flint is a 2014 summer intern for the MRC's News Analysis Division.