To thine own self be true

Beyond parody?

Posted by Polonius on 10 August, 2007

There are a wide variety of religions in the world. Even within Christianity (the one I’m most familiar with), there are a range of denominations, and individuals within denominations. Some of these are essentially sensible people who accept that the world is broadly consistent with all the evidence we have before us, but also believe there’s more to life, the universe and everything, that there’s still something numinous going on. At the other extreme, there are the wing-nuts, the flat-earthers, the extremists.

Here in the UK, these loonies are not much to be seen, but the interweb is rife with evidence of their existence in the US. Answers in Genesis, with its $27 million Creation Museum, shows that they’re able and willing to throw stupid amounts of money at their denial of reality. That some otherwise sensible people, such as PZ Myers, feel they need to challenge these people at every turn only adds to their credibility. Conservapedia in particular (I refuse even to link to it), should never have been taken seriously.

At the most extreme, it becomes difficult to distinguish these loonies from parody. God Hates Fags has become notorious; surely these people can’t be serious? The much talked about Fox News interview suggests they are. Incidentally, here’s a tip for Fox News – she’s a crazy; your job as a journalist is to let us see how crazy she is; by talking over her, by flip schoolyard put-downs like “What’s the matter with you?”, you just show yourselves as assholes and distract from her craziness.

from time to time we get amusingly silly ideas like Christian mathematics, which probably is serious, but here’s another one that seems beyond the credible to me. Baptists for Brownback is part of the campaign for a no-hoper candidate in an election that (it may come as a surprise to some Americans) is a matter of supreme indifference to the overwhelming majority of the world. Before long, the few people who have heard of this Brownback (and I wasn’t one until today) will soon forget about him, but let’s not forget some of the absurdity that has been published in his name. Surely this is a joke to undermine his campaign?

Update: Yeah, it’s a joke – but hats off, it had me fooled.


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