Frontier Former Editor

December 6, 2007

We live in a truly enlightened age . . . . my ass

Things have been a little off in my world lately, but I’ve recently come to the conclusion that Barbara Walters has done a great service to the world – she’s shown just how low the state of education in this country has fallen.

Case in point, Sherry Shepherd . . . .

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Ms. Shepherd’s recent observations that Christianity predates even Greek and early Roman civilization and quite possibly man and dinosaurs is a great relief to me.  I was wondering just how stupid that American society has become, and Shepherd has graciously provided a quantifiable benchmark to measure that stupidity.

 

But (showing my complete ignorance of daytime telvision, which may be a good thing) Shepherd apparently has expressed doubts about the spheroid nature of our planet in recent months. I suppose that she also has expert and personal knowledge of which we can only hope to discover one day . . . .

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And for Baba to give somebody that stupid a for-profit forum to express a complete, in-depth ignorance of history also provides another benchmark to test the growing stupidity of American culture – everyone gets a crack at legitimizing their arguments regardless of any logical, rational content, basis or thesis.

While some might be quick to counter that Ms. Shepherd has the right to be heard in a  free, democratic society, I would say that so do barking dogs until their noise serves no useful purpose but to drown out other, more important sounds.

But while Ms. Shepherd is an easily ridiculed example of the growing dependence on mysticism and pseudoskepticism that American society seems to prize these days, her displays are only footnotes to a broader trend which isn’t particularly new in man’s history.

Faith has been one of those little bugaboos raised at every corner during media coverage of the men and woman who would be President and, honestly, I’m worried about those who would wear their ‘faith’ on their sleeve but who also would equivocate about torture (you know who you are). Sounds to me like a new Inquisition is in the wings.

While some of you may roll your eyes at the mere mention of Christopher Hitchens, he did raise a fair point on a recent morning news show; whether people who profess faith are more capable of doing good deeds than are people who profess no faith.

Given Hitchens’ observation, and the ongoing move by a evangelical Christian movement (perhaps coherent, perhaps not) to press for the return of that old time religion to schools, government and damn near any other institution of American life, I feel a bit of nostalgia coming – a new Puritan reformation that will remind Americans why England, Holland and damn near every other western European state forced one-off religious sects on the next slow boat to the New World.

That same nouveau reformation will also demonstrate just how those sects were perfectly capable of demanding what they accused Catholicism and Orthodox Chrsitianity of doing – becoming a state-sanctioned religion that contaminated faith.

I think that modern American society and government is well-described in the following:

And I better get busy hiding my college science, philosophy and history books lest I be branded a heretic.

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16 Comments »

  1. FFE, my liege, I love the monty python clip!

    but I’m still having a problem with your side bars covering parts of the text…. does anyone else have this problem?

    Comment by nursemyra — December 6, 2007 @ 3:53 am

  2. I don’t have that problem, nursemyra.

    Meanwhile, you haven’t seen stupid, till you’ve seen this!

    Comment by azahar — December 7, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

  3. ow wow. I just watched the youtube azahar. I am speechless.

    who is she?

    Comment by nursemyra — December 7, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

  4. I don’t know, nursemyra. I was sent that video on Facebook the other day and wondered if it was a spoof because it’s almost impossible to believe someone could be that stupid.

    And speaking of stupid, apologies for that extra comma in my previous comment.

    Comment by azahar — December 8, 2007 @ 5:52 am

  5. Oh, and I just tried viewing your blog on IE, FFE, and the sidebar does cover part of the text on the 17″ screen, but it’s okay on the 15″ screen. Works fine with Firefox though (on both 17″ and 15″ screens).

    Comment by azahar — December 8, 2007 @ 6:10 am

  6. that explains it. I’m using IE with a 17″ screen 😦

    Comment by nursemyra — December 8, 2007 @ 6:19 am

  7. which proves that bigger isn’t always better 😀

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — December 8, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  8. mmm – stupid ? … or merely uninformed ?

    How many University Professors had heard of the United States beofre 1492

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — December 8, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  9. Definitely uninformed Señor Aguila (and not merely), but also pretty damn stupid to go on a quiz show and admit you don’t know if France is a country or not …

    Why not switch to Firefox, nursemyra?

    Comment by azahar — December 8, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

  10. Well, if I had been asked if France was a country, I’d ask; “To which Republic are you referring?”

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — December 8, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

  11. I’ve seen several clips from different times featuring the stupid things this woman says. She is deliberatly ignorant because she’s afraid of fire and brimstone if she questions anything. But this particular day made it clear that she hasn’t read the Bible, either.

    Comment by Miss Cellania — December 9, 2007 @ 3:47 am

  12. Meanwhile, in Canada, justice has been done. Y’all should head over to Hazel8500.wordpress.com’s and congratulate her on a citizen journalist’s job well done.

    Comment by raincoaster — December 10, 2007 @ 3:11 am

  13. The woman in that video is apparently some reality show contestant who’s known for playing up the daft redneck angle. But presumably you have to have a certain grounding in stupidity to fake it that well.

    And I get the sides of the posts nibbled off as well.

    Comment by Metro — December 11, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

  14. Better drowned than duffers
    If not Duffers, won’t drown

    Amidst the Post & most Kommenters, is there some Intellektuel Snobbery

    Is this the influence of Harvaarrd & Yaalle ?

    Intelligence with Erudition correlateth not necessarily with Kindness, Understanding & Getting it right

    Es macht man denken, nee
    Das ist es, doch

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — December 12, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

  15. I was so embarrassed for this bitch.

    Long time no talk..hope you’re well.

    LK

    Comment by Laurie Kendrick — December 12, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

  16. where are you FFE? come back and play. don’t make me beg…

    Comment by nursemyra — December 14, 2007 @ 11:44 pm


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