Sex, Marxism and Fraud

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Marc Ellis’s curriculum vita is not published anywhere on the Baylor University web site, nor anywhere else in the Internet for that matter.  And there is a good reason for this.  His CV is an embarrassment and reveals the pathetic quality level of his “work.” Ellis has virtually no academic publications, in spite of his having served as a tenured full professor at a large university.  I could find no publications by Ellis in any international refereed academic journals, the usual yardstick to evaluate an academic.  Most of his journal articles are in the “Journal of Palestine Studies,” a propaganda magazine controlled by the PLO.  He also has a few things in Christian liberation theology magazines, none of which could be considered academic publications, and almost all of these articles are bashings of Israel.  He has published a few screeds in Marxist magazines and other bash-Israel magazines.  The closest thing to an Ellis academic publication I could find was something he has in an obscure Turkish journal about how insensitive Americans were about Muslims after 9-11.

Ellis’s entire “academic” record consists of Bash-Israel propaganda books purporting to be concerned with theology, mostly published with either Marxist publishers, like the Pluto Press (which used to have Trotskyite connections and likes to publish anti-Semitic screeds), or with obscure publishers specializing in Christian liberation theology.

Ellis serving as a professor of Jewish Studies at a university makes about as much sense as Shirley MacLaine working as a distinguished professor of physics.  Ellis has essentially never published anything about Judaism, but instead only about the shallow Marxism he expects Jews to embrace as a replacement for Judaism. Jewish theologians who have heard of him at all consider him a quack.

Ellis’s main academic achievements seem to be the invention of nonsense terms and the utilization of the Holocaust as a bludgeon to demonize Israel.  Ellis is openly contemptuous of any talk about Jews being in need of any national empowerment.  Such things constitute “Constantinian Judaism,” to use Ellis’s favorite terminology, a malapropism picked up – one suspects – after spending too much time misrepresenting Judaism at Christian theological institutions. Constantinian Judaism, in Ellis’s view, is conscripting religion to serve the agenda of the militarist state. Ellis uses the term to describe Jews who support either Israel or the United States. Jews can only fulfill their proper ethical role in history, which – Ellis is persuaded – is to promote socialism and leftist fads, if they are stateless and suffering. Ellis never finds time in all his discussions of the theological implications of the Holocaust to consider the mass murder of Jewish children by his beloved Palestinians. Uniformed Jewish youths certainly have no right to prevent such things. No Anna Franks in Israel are entitled to defense.

Ellis pretends to be some sort of expert on “Holocaust Studies” but the only “Holocaust lesson” Ellis derives is the need to have a second Holocaust to rid the world of Israel and Israelis.  Ellis has publicly endorsed not only Finkelstein’s The Holocaust Industry, but also Finkelstein’s scurrilous attacks on Nobel Prize winning-writer and concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel.  Ellis sometimes writes for the pro-jihad “Counterpunch” web magazine of the Cockburns, where he appears alongside some of the worst Holocaust Deniers on the planet.

The theological lesson that Marc H. Ellis draws from the Holocaust and preaches wherever he goes is that Jews must stop trying to defend themselves against violent anti-Semites and that “progressive Jews” such as himself should see to it that Israel is destroyed.  He will be conveying this “lesson” at the upcoming Harvard Nuremberg Rally. (Harvard, hide thy womenfolk.)  It remains to be seen whether participants will march from the rally along Harvard Street to Brookline to burn down any synagogues.

It would be preferable if Baylor fired Ellis for being a fraud, a pseudo-academic, an imposter with no knowledge of “Jewish Studies,” someone unqualified to serve as a professor of anything.  But the United States got rid of Al Capone by convicting him of income tax evasion.  So I suppose Baylor could do worse than firing Marc H. Ellis because of sexual misconduct.

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  • Judy

    You sure he tried to harass a woman and not a goat?

    • Ken

      Probably both!!

  • Lady_Dr

    Better late than never I guess.

  • tagalog

    He publishes in the "Journal of Palestine Studies?" What constitutes Palestine studies?

    • jimboy

      Hating Jews….

  • kblink45

    Why does the author of this article assume that Baylor didn't know what they were getting? Baylor had to review some of the things he'd written. The person or persons who hired this fraud should be held accountable.

    • jimboy

      trying to give baylor benefit of the doubt – out of politeness

    • flyingtiger

      I believe Baylor knew what they were getting. What they did not expect was that he would manhandle the women.
      Leftist cannot seem to behave themselves at a university.All DePaul university wanted was a few "Scholorly" articles from him, which he could have easily have a ghostwritier do. He couldn't even do that.

  • Wingy

    What a jerk…in a collection of well known jerks, he stands head and shoulders above the 7 dwarves..

  • Marty

    This article is accurate and somewhat depressing. People such as ellis receive their academic appointments because of a lack of due diligence. Faculty and administrators involved in the national search (assuming there was one) to fill this line are the ones charged with the responsibility to recruit individuals who are professionally credentialed. This is a time consuming but not difficult thing to accomplish. The search committee members ought to be able to explain and justify their recommendation to hire. Until we have at least minimal accountability even outstanding universities such as Baylor will continue to pollute and corrupt the minds of their students with faculty who are frauds, sociopaths, anti-semites, and propagandists.

  • Questions

    Plaut's article is good on one level and bad on another. On the good side, it excoriates Prof. Ellis as a fraud. As a professor of "Jewish studies," Ellis is, shall one say, less than well-equipped. On the bad side, however, Plaut assumes Ellis is guilty as charged. Reality check: A man is entitled to a presumption of innocence. Being on the Left doesn't change this fact. Why should I assume Ellis' female accuser should be taken at face value? The burden of proof remains with the accuser, not the accused. Evidence matters.

    For the record, the case against President Clinton as guilty of any criminal behavior was weak at best. It's fitting that Mr. Pious, Kenneth Starr, is the common denominator.

    • George Peyton

      "For the record, the case against President Clinton as guilty of any criminal behavior was weak at best."

      Yep, it was so weak that he plead guilty…

      • Questions

        He was forced into it, thanks to prohibitive legal bills. And obviously that was after leaving office; presidential immunity didn't apply.

  • Maxie

    "For the record, the case against President Clinton as guilty of any criminal behavior was weak at best."

    What was weak was the GOP will to prosecute Clinton for Filegate & Chinagate – both treasonous offenses. The GOP was so fearful that media blowback would imperil their chances in the upcoming 2000 elections they reined-in Starr and crawled back into thier comfy holes. Baylor may fear a similar fate from the ACLU, ADL, So. Pov. Law Ctr. et al.

  • Anonymous

    It is not at all clear that Marc Ellis is Jewish at all. I don't think he is. I don't believe that his parents were Jewish. Yes, his title at Baylor University is "Professor of Jewish Studies," but his entry on Wikipedia also indicates that he was "a member of the Catholic Workers Movement in 1974-1975." There it is also indicated that he "became a faculty member at the Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, New York," a not-very-Jewish sort of a position.

    From what one can determine, he appears to be the child of American Christians – he grew up in the 1950s, a time when open antisemitism was still a common occurrence in American life – one suspects that he grew up in a home of that kind. Coming of age in the 1960s he likely rebelled against his parents, including the antisemitic environment of his home, perhaps even going through a period of philosemitic curiosity, but certainly infused with "leftist theology." That initial leftist theological philosemitic curiosity gradually morphed into the criticism, and ultimately, full-blown hatred of Israel and hatred of Jews. Ultimately he returned to his origins after all.

    One wonders if he enjoys the fact that people, including Jewish people, ASSUME that he is Jewish. If he is masquerading as a Jew, he presumably hopes to deflect claims of antisemitism. What a khazer he is.

    • Sally

      He clearly does not like Jews so is not pretending to be Jewish because of a rebellion against anti-Jewish parents. He is a Jewish anti-Semite who knows nothing about Jews or Judaism. As for him being innocent of groping until proven guilty, while he was not stood up in front of a court for it, which would be unusual in academia in any case, the Baylor authorities conducted a thorough investigation and he certainly was found guilty via these procedures.

  • Insecticide

    Ellis is being promoted this month by British Holocaust Denier Paul Eisen . Do we need any further proof that Ellis is a fraud and anti-Semite?