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September 18, 2003

Making the Baby Jesus Cry

Those whose main complaint about Landover is that it's not subtle enough should try the Fellowship Baptist Creation Science Fair.

Eileen Hyde and Lynda Morgan (grades 10 & 11) did a project showing how the power of prayer can unlock the latent genes in bacteria, allowing them to microevolve antibiotic resistance. Escherichia coli bacteria cultured in agar filled petri dishes were subjected to the antibiotics tetracycline and chlorotetracycline. The bacteria cultures were divided into two groups, one group (A) received prayer while the other (B) didn't. The prayer was as follows: "Dear Lord, please allow the bacteria in Group A to unlock the antibiotic-resistant genes that You saw fit to give them at the time of Creation. Amen."

Based on the comments left in the guestbook for the main site, I'd guess that less than half of the guests realize that it's a spoof site.

Of course, once one realizes that it's a parody site, the question then becomes, it is also a hate site?

If so, then how does it differ from the Culture Jamming posts I occasionally send the Saudi Mutaween?

For me, speech doesn't cross the line into hate speech unless the speaker is calling on his audience to go out and harm others. Landover and OBJECTIVE: Christian Ministries do neither. Cruel speech? Certainly, but cruel speech is a fact of life.

If your belief system can't take a good mocking, then it's not much of a belief system. And your faith will be mocked and derided. It's your cross to bear, so to speak. Jesus was mocked and derided. I've heard tell he turned out ok.

Hate Speech? Not by my definition. Reasonable people may differ, though I wonder to what extent the difference could be in this particular debate before one's opinion of the other as "reasonable" would be rendered null and void.

I can tell you this. The day the Muslim equivalent of Landover appears with a url ending in .sa? That'll be the day you know we've won the War on Terror. That'll be the day when the Christians suffering at the rhetorical hands of parody websites will be able to evangelize to their heart's content in the Arab homeland.

Isn't that worth a little mockery?

Posted by Bigwig at September 18, 2003 12:41 AM | TrackBack
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I guess I find it offensive, but not really
in a "ooh, I wanna HURT this person" way.
Rather, I feel pity for those who need to
mock something they don't understand. It's
not really very different than the way I feel
about Chick Tracts that rail against the
Roman Catholic Church. Underinformed, and
with far too much time on their hands.

Posted by: Robert Bauer at September 18, 2003 11:20 AM

It's not hate speech - but it does prety much jibe with the mass media stereotype of anybody who goes to church being just too stupid and narrow minded to live. Or people who go to synagogue and take it too seriously, what with the long hair, the funny hat and sending money to Israel.

Reform Judaism, gay Episcopalianism and Islam are out of bounds for this type of mockery, however...

Gotta go now. God's telling me to surf Drudge...

Posted by: Blackavar at September 18, 2003 12:11 PM

Initially I thought it was satire especially the '1st Place: "My Uncle Is A Man Named Steve (Not A Monkey)"' article, then I realised it was genuine. Another reason to be thankful for living in New Zealand.

Posted by: Richard at September 18, 2003 10:36 PM
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