Saturday, September 02, 2006

This One is for Peter

7 Comments:

Blogger Peter Burnet said...

It's so sad to see rich and honourable traditions dissipate before our very eyes, isn't it? No fulminating about slavery or Cathars. No horrific tales of sexual repression by warped nuns. Not even a good splenetic vent about dirty water.

It's not easy to see how secularism can survive if we just keep feeding our kids a bunch of feel-good pap about chance and meaninglessness.

September 02, 2006 2:26 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Peter:

It's not easy to see how secularism can survive if we just keep feeding our kids a bunch of feel-good pap about chance and meaninglessness.

I appreciate both your, and the skit's, irony. (Plus, as matter of pointed humor, it is nearly brilliant.)

What's more, although I'm not the least sure the author's intended this, it points out the gulf between objective and subjective truth, especially if one takes the atheist position as objectively true.

That adds another level of meaning, though. When put in such bald terms, atheism (plus agnosticism and deism) is singularly offputting; as such, it can never be suitable narrative to any but a small portion of the population.

Consequently, secularism really has nothing to do with atheism, and everything to do with belief, and the near infinite varieties thereof.

I'm not sure if there are any statistics to support my guess, but I'll wager that the only countries that are sectarian -- the antonym of secular -- are those with one dominant sect, and fewer than, say, five total sects.

The US is not like that. The plethora of sects means the US must be secular, but secular doesn't mean anti-religion, because almost no one is.

September 02, 2006 3:20 PM  
Blogger David said...

You guys do understand that the clip proves Peter's point, right?

September 02, 2006 4:30 PM  
Blogger Duck said...

What is Peter's point?

The skit is hilarious! I watch Mad TV "religiously" but I missed that one. There really is no deep point here, it just shows one of the classic technques of comedy, which is to juxtapose opposites.

Just so you don't start thiking OJ is right with his "all comedy is conservative" mantra, Mad TV has done some hilarious skits poking fun at religion as well. One of my favorites is "Bible Dude"

September 02, 2006 5:19 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

You guys do understand that the clip proves Peter's point, right?

Well, perhaps proof is too strong a word, but there is a reason for the post's title, after all.

BTW -- humor isn't conservative, it is libertarian.

September 03, 2006 6:39 AM  
Blogger David said...

Duck, Peter's point is that you watch Mad TV religiously (OK, that's just a corollary of Peter's point. We'll call it David's Corollary -- and now I'm immortal).

September 03, 2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

David:

You silly goose, you. Have you forgotten that in the Church of notGod, there is never a point?

September 03, 2006 4:59 PM  

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