Saturday, February 19, 2011

In Defense of Mockery

In Defense of Mockery : Pharyngula

Image via Seeds of Doubt

Even if it it is true that the more “statesmanlike” wingnuts enjoy more respect than their uncouth counterparts, and as a result their equally crazy positions are mainstreamed and legitimized, it simply does not follow that the solution is to stop mocking the Christine O’Donnells of the world. 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.
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