Just take a look at this. I stumbled onto it while free-associating on YouTube, and I need to know if it’s for real. USians, please help me out here.
I think I just lost SAN.
See, this is why I have a hard time accepting USian atheists’ aggression, when I should in fact be working harder to understand the ludicrous version of organised religion they’re struggling against. Again, guys, I’m sorry. European atheists really don’t know how lucky they are.
It’s sort of like a Japanese guy being vocally against nuclear power. You think you understand the full extent of it. Okay, I know, Japan was bombed in the Second World War, it was a dark chapter in human history and I have nothing but horrified sympathy for the victims – both of the bombings themselves and of the effects that continue to the present day. It’s awful, a massive cultural wound and a global shame. And yet, nuclear power is pretty good, isn’t it?
What’s that you say, Japanese guy?
Oh right, shit, you had that tsunami and the Fukushima disaster, that’s bad too, I’m really sorry. Yeah, in that case I guess I can sort of understand how you’d be against…
What the actual fuck?
And then you see a news story about Godzilla destroying Tokyo.
And that is essentially what US Christianity is becoming to the rest of the world. Extreme idiocy so amazingly overblown that we have a hard time even believing it’s for real. The reality has met the satire and the exaggeration and the joke and it has apparently blown them all out of the water. Bibleman at least seems to be real, and that is funny until you realise that this means real-real – it’s actually on television and kids are watching it and that guy actually got into that costume and a writer was actually commissioned to come up with that premise and those scripts. Then it becomes horrifying.
So yeah, when you fight back against hardcore insanity, sometimes you’ll look a little nutty to the people who have only ever railed against a bit of harmless eccentricity or tax-dodge.
And it’s going to be very difficult for you to see that the insanity you’re fighting is not the norm. You’re dealing with a fundamentalist minority. A lunatic fringe.
But yeah. Do what you can, I guess.