I just threw a quote by a real biologist into the pro-choice verses no-choice morass I created a few days ago, after U.S. Republican fucks (and a few rogue Demofucks) voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Check out comment 43.
This might surprise people but I am actually more uneasy writing over-the-top frothing blog posts and editorials than readers might think. I actually prefer to be friendly and cuddly. But Myers makes me feel better about my rants.
From Myer’s excellent blog Pharyngula, here’s a little bit from a guest post by Iris Vander Pluym:
If anything, what we need is far more mockery, relentlessly and consistently deployed in the general direction of anyone who says that the separation of church and state is unconstitutional, or that global warming is a hoax, or that the Earth is 10,000 years old, or that eliminating Social Security is a grand idea. We should always attack stupid ideas, regardless of how nice a suit the proponent is wearing at a press conference.
Mock. Point. Laugh. State facts. Satirize. Call a lie, a lie. Mock again. Laugh again. Point to facts again. Repeat. Repeat again. Repeat yet again, until everyone thinks twice before ever uttering anything so destructive, ignorant and idiotic in public.
How more people skewering right-wing falsehoods would not lead to a better world escapes me.
I’ll just add that you can’t reason with psychopaths but you can talk to the people they’re talking to and try to warn the crowd that the often reasonable-sounding person they’re listening to is one step removed from calling for witch burnings. It’s important to remember this. Witch burnings are very bad, and the road to them starts with magical ideas like “a fetus is a baby”.
Besides, I think there’s hope for lots of too-religious people. I can think of some overly-religious regular Dog Blog commentators who seem eminently salvageable.