22 May 2007

Poe's Law in action

Poe's Law: "Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing... having seen similar REAL ideas from real religious/political Fundamentalists."

The blagosphere is in a tizzy over this post in a blog supporting Senator Sam Brownback for President. It says heliocentrism is atheist doctrine, even worse than "Darwinism." Not everyone is convinced that this guy is serious. I'll let you decide for yourself. Personally, I'm not seeing a whole lot of reason to think it's a joke. He cites Answers in Genesis at length, for one thing... crazy as it is to insist the universe pivots upon the Earth based on some old fairy tales, it's a real fundamentalist belief, so we can't dismiss it as a joke based solely on the absurdity of it. Furthermore, the rest of the blog seems too much in earnest. If this is a joke, it has one hell of a setup.

So I say it's real. The ideas are, anyway, even if this particular collection of them turn out to be a farce. But if it IS a joke, then it's an elegant example of Poe's Law in action. (Well, either that, or an example of a really poorly executed joke.)

1 comment:

Sara said...

I left a comment there [under the name Beth], because, really...

In response to this:

"Well, Ron. According to the website cited by the Brownback campaign, NASA is part of a conspiracy orchestrated by the Jews and is falsifying their data."

I wrote:

"If the Jews were actually capable of all the things Hitler, bin Laden, Ahmadinejad, and all the other folks - including Brownback, apparently (my, what lovely intellectual company he keeps!) - past and present who believe these numerous, impossible, macro-level global conspiracy theories about the Jews, then they [the Jews] are superhumans - indeed, demi-gods - and we should bow down to them. Alas, they are but mere mortals like the rest of us."

It's true.

There should be a compilation of all the incredible things Jews can do according to anti-Semetics. It'd be a hoot.