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  •  the "joke" covered that: (4.00)
    "I'm waiting God, if you're real, knock me off this platform!!!!"

    He had to get physical, that's the "proof" the professor demanded.  Its a well-constructed political bomb.

    I definitely agree with your identification of the trigger words.  "Professor" (elite), "Atheist" (anti-god), ACLU (liberal).  Its very telling that we all identified them, even tho they were is thinly veiled code.  Your reaction (and mine, and most everyone that reads it here I'm sure) was to feel that it was an attack on liberals or liberal beliefs.

    To the other side, it was an attack on the things that are "wrong with this country", not self-identified liberals.  So very quickly the "joke" divides the audience into two polarized groups.

    To the other group, this is just pure vindication of pre-existing beliefs (pre-planted misconceptions).  God and the troops protect us from the idiots within, etc.

    To us, the bomb was intended to trigger the reaction you gave above.  We question the violence, the motivations of such a God.  We defend the professor.  We are triggered into defending what objectively is a pompous ass that represents a tiny fraction of what real professors, liberals, or atheists are actually about.

    Yet, by attacking this blatant political screed, we're seen as defending an odious ass and being against the troops and God.

    Silly, but curiously effective.

    So the question is, how does one react to this little bugger without reinforcing all the negative stereotypes about liberals, professors, or atheists?

    Attacking it in general just reinforces the bad stereotypes.  Deconstructing it can be seen as just "talking down" to folks, turning them off automatically.  Ignoring it lets this political propaganda spread unchecked and unchallenged.

    "Cute story.  Of course, its a bit silly, really.  Most professors are religious, most atheists understand they can't "disprove god", and most ACLU folks are too busy fighting the legal battles to preserve free speech for idiotic things just like the troops in this tale." -- too wordy, condescending, "most" isn't all, so it is a bit ineffective.

    "I think God would have better things to do than waste time proving himself to an atheist" -- shows no sense of humor to the "joke"

    "Oh brother, that sounds like something Rush would say" -- might work to quickly label it as right-wing trash?

    I dunno.  Its a clever little bomb.

    You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. --James D. Miles

    by Yaright on Thu Apr 21, 2005 at 09:31:53 PM PDT

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    •  You know, you're right. (none)
      What struck me immediately was the underlying theme that all the problems in the country are caused by the godless liberal elite.  And my response put me right in that camp (in their eyes), and therefore it was totally ineffective.  

      I wonder when I'll learn that stating facts and pointing out reality won't get me anywhere in these situations?

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