Now, look here

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…

Godzilla attacks Tokyo!

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.

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14 Responses to Now, look here

  1. dreameling says:

    Wow. Yeah, I mean… Wow.

  2. Laurence says:

    I don’t know if you “do” Reddit (the ASoIaF sub is pretty good – lots of wacky thaeries), but this is largely the reason that /r/atheism is a complete cesspit of hatred, especially from the point of view of us reasonable Europeans. It’s basically full off people who’ve been oppressed by large quantities of Christianity for their entire lives, suddenly finding somewhere they can let off steam. So you get the horrific stories which sound exaggerated (to us) and the hatred, which seems excessive, but given where they’re coming from is probably fairly reasonable.

  3. aaronthepatriot says:

    Please….help us….

    Best line from that awesome video of yours: “My mom was a nurse…but she didn’t believe in hospitals.” OMFG…my stomach…can’t take it…..

    • stchucky says:

      Best line from that awesome video of yours: “My mom was a nurse…but she didn’t believe in hospitals.” OMFG…my stomach…can’t take it…..

      Yeah, that’s “unconventional.”

      And to your last point…MAYBE, but there are quite a lot of fundamentalist minorities out there right now.

      You mean about how the US bible thumpers and literalists are a lunatic fringe of Christianity? Sure, Christians aren’t the only one. Is still like to think these wackos are a minority even in the US, but they seem to be a big minority, and they’re certainly a noisy one that gets way too much airtime.

      I could even name an unexpected one that basically runs the country that is an ally of the US but I don’t want to start a flame war. Not sure who else is reading this.

      Are they big in Hollywood?

  4. aaronthepatriot says:

    And to your last point…MAYBE, but there are quite a lot of fundamentalist minorities out there right now. I could even name an unexpected one that basically runs the country that is an ally of the US but I don’t want to start a flame war. Not sure who else is reading this.

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