Satire Under Attack: Charlie Hedbo Strong
Whenever you make or tell a joke, there’s a strong possibility that someone is going to be offended. When you take a poke at someone for their ignorance and hypocrisy, they won’t like it and they may not easily forget. As the Islamic fascists proved in Paris, some will go to extremes in response to satire targeted at them.
One satirical magazine that I used to write for was The Wittenburg Door. Bob Darden was the editor and he is now a professor at Baylor. He’s brilliant and there aren’t many people who can write as authoritatively about the use of satire as he does. He wrote a piece about the Charlie Hedbo attack for HuffPo.
Here are three quotes.
“One of the few ways the citizen can hold the rich and powerful accountable is to employ humor and satire.”
“Satire, like folk music and freedom songs, works best when it is comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.”
“The ability to understand and appreciate satire, religious or political, is one of the defining, distinctive qualities of an actualized, fully functioning human being, one who is big enough to occasionally laugh at himself or herself, and one who knows that occasionally his or her sacred cow is going to get gored.”
Charles Manson’s Fiance Explains
People want to know what made 26 year old Afton Elaine Burton fall for Charles Manson. How did she see him as Prince Charming when most people think he’s Prince Alarming?
“I’ve been in love ever since I learned about Charlie in a course I took on Sociopathic Behavior. I get goosebumps every time I hear the song Helter Skelter. We’re going to play that forwards and backwards at the wedding. Our rings are going to have half-swastikas that fit together. For our honeymoon, we’ll be going to Cellblock H. Get it? H for honey! It’s going to be so beautiful,” says Manson’s fiance.
After the honeymoon, Mr. Manson will remain in prison. Mrs. Manson will be elsewhere. They make a lovely couple.
Speaking of paganism, Ligonier Ministries has released the results of its most recent survey on The State of Theology. “The answers reveal that Americans want God on their own terms.”
“So Mankind created gods in Their own images. And in Their gods They saw Themselves. And They looked upon the gods They had created, and They saw that They were all very good.” Genesis 1, New Narcissist Version