I was amused, in a dark sort of way, reading the usual Worldnut Daily drivel today. Here’s what Farrah’s linkbait de jure quoted in his piece Why Can’t Atheists be Real Americans? (Hint, because they’re atheists! Duh.)
(WND) — Pastor John Hagee, senior pastor of San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church, is making People for the America Way very angry with some comments about atheists. “This nation was not built for atheists or by atheists. It was built by Christian people who believed in the Word of God. To the atheists watching this telecast, if our belief in God offends you, move. There are planes leaving every hour on the hour, going every place on planet earth. Get on one, we don’t want you and we won’t miss you, I promise you.”
Of course there were many people who built America who weren’t sure about God at all. But to the larger point, why would anyone feel threatened or intimidated by Hagee’s statement? After all, like it or not, it’s mostly true.
Let’s try this: “This nation was not built for blacks or by blacks. It was built by white people who believed in the supremacy of white people. To the blacks watching this telecast, if our belief in white supremacy offends you, move. There are planes leaving every hour on the hour, going every place on planet earth. Get on one, we don’t want you and we won’t miss you, I promise you.”
How’s that strike you? Golly, that wouldn’t make anyone angry, would it? Nothing to fear, nothing to make anyone uncomfortable, right? And besides, like it or not, it’s mostly true.
As to Farrah’s main thesis, it’s been pointed out endlessly exactly how wrong he is both legally and historically. Another dissection here won’t do any good at all. He’s not writing in hope of convincing anyone, he’s leading a cheer for his pep squad. The same cheer sociopaths have used to rally — and I would say trick — the faithful into charging into certain death from the dawn of written history right through the Third Reich and on into Two World Trade Center. It’s an evil, tribal weakness exploited by natural and cultural selection taking many forms but always with one unifying modern characteristic: the firm, unshakable delusion usually cultured from birth that Farrah’s magical invisible sky wizard, or bin Laden’s sky wizard, or the Nazi sky wizard, etc., is head among all the invisible sky wizards, and if you die in service to it, you will not only be magically protected from death, you will live out an eternity in paradise.
What’s to fear? What could possibly go wrong with that schema in this modern nuclear age?