I debated on whether or not I should write anything about this article, considering the interesting and informative points made in Wednesday's Open Thread for Night Owls: "First, Don't Attack Weak Arguments." I thought it was really informative, including the Chait article and saved it in my favorites folder. Considering the amount of stupid that has been going on, illustrated by jpmassar's collection of the front page headlines... and considering that I'm kinda cranky today for a variety of reasons, I've decided to bring up this article by Salon: Ridiculous Fox News Claim of the Day: Reason Caused the Holocaust.
Instead of attacking this weak argument, I think I'm just going to mock it. Right Wing Watch has Penny Nance in their archives. I didn't know what "Concerned Women for America" actually was, though could take a guess. It was created by Beverly LeHaye, wife of "Left Behind" (ironic title is ironic) series author Tim LeHaye. It's a conservative Christian group gallantly fighting against everything that isn't it - thus comes to the crux of my reasons for writing a diary.
For serious reasons, I've had somewhat of an argument/discussion with my best friend about religion in general. The difficulty I am running into is whether or not I think doing without religion entirely is a good thing or not. She argues it is not. She is incredibly intelligent. She's a Presbyterian, but from the "liberal" branch of the church. I grew up in the painfully extreme conservative branch of the church and it has made me whatever it is I am today: an atheist? Certainly a skeptic at the least. It feels like every time we turn around something is being said to this extent or something equally stupid. I hear it from my dad all the time; regurgitation of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh talking points. What I never fully realized is that the church I belonged to, essentially, is a cult. I'm thankful I got out of it. As an aside, she told me that her church in general pretty much "chuckles" at churches like the one I belonged to and my family still belongs to. That made me angry, but I'm digressing.
"Chuckling" at this stuff is probably the best thing to do in terms of mental health. As for trying to get anything meaningful done - reasonable legislation (gasp!) and whatnot, it probably doesn't help, but I'm not sure ignoring it helps either. Part of me wonders what would have happened if the liberal branch of the church didn't chuckle and ignore this conservative side when it started fearmongering and spewing incredibly regressive things.
But in any case, for the sake of our mental health and to get the cobwebs out of my brain while trying to remember my Elizabethan English... in special tribute to Michele Bachmann's Shakespeare quote blunder, I will respond in Elizabethan English to this article in full mockery because I think it's a layered appropriate response. Read with appropriate British accent as you see fit.