Get Off of Our Country!

I found the following letter to the editor at PicsYard (via Eyeteeth):

Atheists get off of our country!

Hey, look! Soldotna is just down the road from Wasilla! I wonder who Alice voted for?

Just a quick pop up the road to visit Sarah.

5 Responses to “Get Off of Our Country!”

  1. Alcari Says:

    Alright then, I have just converted to the Great Atheismo, who’s only commandment is “Pretend I don’t exist”.

  2. BJNebraska Says:

    Wow, we must be on the same wavelength.

    By the way, it turns out that the “letter to the editor” is a fake, even if we’re familiar with its unfortunately all-too-real sentiments. See Snopes.

  3. Ron Britton Says:

    BJN:

    The problem with this type of fake is that it doesn’t work as parody. A parody has to be an exaggeration of an existing thing. That’s why we have Poe’s Law. No matter how crazy you make your parody, some real wingnut will out-crazy you.

    In the case of this letter, it would be the same as if I wrote a letter to the editor saying that I like George W. Bush. There’s nothing extreme about it, and nothing to indicate parody, so what does it accomplish? Fundies have posted comments very similar to that letter on this blog.

    So to the woman who wrote this letter: I don’t know what you were trying to accomplish. If it was parody, you failed. You needed to make it extreme, not mainstream.

  4. Troy Says:

    I’m a bit surprised that it is a parody, I normally am a bit suspicious before I go to snopes. I suppose the person wanted to stir up a hornet’s nest and I hope they were entertained; I’m not. There is enough ignorance about the constitution that such sentiments are pretty common.

  5. Parrotlover77 Says:

    There is no reason to think it’s parody. It’s like getting an email forward that says “man was found cheating on wife.” Are you going to snopes that?

    Roger Ebert did the same thing in a post a while back (h/t to PZ for that one). It was supposed to be a parody on fundies (this was back in the Expelled days). All it ended up being was a confusing article where everybody was scratching their heads wondering if Ebert was actually a fundie. There was nothing extreme about what he said.

    The pattern of real fundies has gotten so extreme, a letter to the editor could basically call for the mass nuclear obliteration of states that allow gay marriage and it would STILL be believable enough to invoke Poe!