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Sunday morning is the most depressing time on TV.

The television in the kitchen is up on top of the fridge, so it's much easier for me to just listen to whatever's on it than change it while I'm making a cup of coffee. (I am short. The fridge is tall.)

As I'm adding cream, it switches from news to a little old man in a goofy robe. This is a bad sign, but I sort of wanted to listen to what he had to say. The topic of the day is Culture War, which is coming up in sociology and I thought I could perhaps use it as an example in our next class discussion.

The speech starts out interestingly enough - he mentions changing meanings of words, and semantics, such as past wars beginning when groups have been legally declared "not persons". He mentions 1984. Is this going to be actually intelligent?

And then he brings up another changing word: Tolerance. In its original, uncorrupted form, he says, it means that people of class graciously put up with the existence of people different from themselves.

NOW, he says, horror of horror, the word has been corrupted to the point where people think that you're actually supposed to accept other people's cultures as being *just as valid as yours*. OH MY GOD IT'S TERRIBLE THEY ARE ACTUALLY TEACHING THIS TO OUR CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOLS.

And the old man freaks out about what a terrible oppression it is to be expected to respect people who are, and I quote, "no better than alley cats" as equals.

The irony of his original mentions of the Nazi supreme court and the Dredd-Scott case burns SO MUCH.

I mean... Yes. You don't have to accept everything that every single person does as correct. But you have to start your thinking on that grounds, and then make rational analysis. For example, the fact that I thought this preacher might, just this once, have something interesting to say before his actions outed him as crazy. -_-


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Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Ew, that guy sounded like a moron.
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
It's the gigantic crowd people nodding approvingly, and the fact that this was on at 9 am on a local news station that has me worried. -_-
Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
WHAT???? Was this Klan network tv or what?

This is why I avoid public access tv stations and holy roller ones.
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
It was on our local news station.
Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Poor thing....your open-mindedness led to you getting verbally abused by another's close-mindedness.
Irony hurts.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
-sigh- I wish, every once in a while, I'd be wrong and someone with whom I do not agree would actually be intelligent and worth listening to. I mean, I *try*. I try *really hard*. But no.

I get the feeling I'm one of them Alley-Cats, too. >_>
Mar. 27th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)

Wow...just wow.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
off topic

happy belated birthday to you
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you look like a monkey
and you smell like one, too
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may you drink a million rootbeers
get plastered
you baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad boy
(i kid because i love)
happy belated birthday to you

and many more
on channel four
and scooby doo
on channel two
and frankenstein
on channel nine

happy belated birthday to you!!!
hope you have a great day

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