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  •  Weird (none)

    My first read of the joke I had a similar reaction.  So did another commenter above.  But reading the "joke" carefully to understand it, its impressive that we all missed this line:

    "I'm waiting God, if you're real, knock me off this platform!!!!"

    I posted about the construction of the "joke" above, but your comment has me specifically wondering -- what was it about the way this sucker is put together that had us concentrating on the violence aspect while missing that the atheist demanded that as the only proof he'd take from God?

    The military types I know wouldn't "beat up" the guy.  I see it as more of a displined single strike to satisfy the requirements of the challege to God.  I imagine most of the folks that nodded and laughed at this twisted thing saw it that way too.  Which would explain why they'd think we were being "sensitive" (negative liberal trait) or blowing this out of proportion (which technically we are) if we objected to it in this manner.

    What is it about the way this thing is put together that gets us liberals all riled up and jumping the gun and assuming violence that just isn't in the story?  I suspect it was constructed to evoke that reaction, while still letting most folks read it the way I described before... as a single blow, minimum force required to 'prove God' to the professor.

    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 09:44:12 PM PDT

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    •  Well, not "minimum" (none)

      I guess the bit about knocking him out cold is hardly  minimum.  But it was still a single blow.  Is that part of it?  That the story uses 2-3 sentences to deliver the blow, and another 2 to recover from it?

      The blow is a good chunk of the story in word count, but its still only one action.  I'd be curious how the closet-wingers read that.  Do they see the violence as a big part of the story, or just a small required action/punch line?

      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 09:51:14 PM PDT

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    •  It wouldn't prove God to me (none)
      but the construct is set up in such a way that you have:

      1. hatred of atheists and elitists
      2. a desire to see God win over the #1 above
      3. some way to make God win (a false analogy but one that will satisfy the sheeple).

      The violence jumped out at me because it is so typical of the rightist "Christian" mindset these days. It's that whole "onward Christian soldiers" thing.

      Typical Republican BS, but they buy into it.

    •  Yes, it is weird (none)
      I noticed the line, but focused on the fact that the professor was saying something dumb, and I was upset by this portrayal of academics.  Of course, it was upsetting only because the attitude is prevalent.

      What's interesting to me is that the original poster and several others saw the joke as reinforcing their belief in God - God has a plan, God answers prayers (or, in this case, challenges to knock a useless professor off his podium!)

    •  And my co-pariah (none)
      had another reaction.  She feels so threatened these days that the thought of a SEAL punching her out doesn't seem all that farfetched.
      She posted something to that effect (to no avail).

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