Tuesday, July 15, 2008

All Cults Are Known For Their Sense Of Humor

"I haven't come across any right-wing hits on Obama that feature an American flag burning in the White House fireplace and a portrait of Osama bin Laden on the wall.

The more brain-dead among the posters on left-wing blogs angrily denounce the New Yorker cover as itself racist. Merely to acknowledge racism, for them, is to be racist. This view, which in its Manichaean purity oddly recalls the hysterical reaction of some Muslims to the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed, represents the reductio ad absurdum of political correctness: Not a single work of satire could ever pass this paranoid test."

-- Gary Kamiya, adding up (but still missing) the broader, cultish, implications surrounding reactions to the New Yorker cover, for Salon.com

It's fascinating how media outlets will tally up the negatives NewAge unleashes on us (in this one quote we've got lying, reverse-racism, paranoia, political correctness run amok, etc.) but rarely connects them to anything larger - as TMR does to cultism - or as Michael Knox Beran has, drawing many of the same conclusions. No, these examples of near-mass hysteria are posited as merely the normal behavior of the intelligent, self-aware, American populace in an election year - like the (obvious) markings of a cult surround a presidential candidate every four years.

Say "Goodnight," Gracie.

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