November 24th, 2004

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Oh, man. Not content with, as I reported yesterday, editing shots of Strom Thurmond into footage of civil rights marches (possibly) and telling kids that the Grand Canyon was made by the biblical flood (definitely), American conservatives are turning their attentions to us smelly, god-hatin', social-welfare lovin' Europeans. Hurrah! And look what good advice they have for us....

Indeed, your hostility to the basic concepts of Judaism and Christianity has literally been written into your new European Union constitution, despite the Pope’s heroic efforts to the contrary. 

Because you know, simply not mentioning religion in the constitution is just the same as actually saying "we hate Jesus! And the religion into which he was born!" One could say, of course, that the most basic of all Christian concepts is tolerance, which seems to be in short supply in some American circles right now, but anyway. And yes, it is heroic of the Pope to try and keep up that strong link between church and state. Because as Ireland knows, it's fun when Catholicism has a "special position" in a country. Oh wait, no, it totally isn't.

Except maybe it should be, because us slightly-more-acceptable-than-the-alternative white Europeans are using contraception and just not having enough white babies. And even when we do have kids, we can't even do that right.

And of the children you do manage to produce, all too few will be raised in stable, two-parent households. 

Because America doesn't have a crazy divorce rate that's higher than that of practically all European countries. Or the western world's highest proportion of teen pregnancies. Hey, hang on a minute...

But thanks for that, 'American Thinker'. How nice to see that American culture is defined as being purely the product - indeed, the apex - of western civilisation. Because every American is, of course, white. And hopefully WASP (or at least northern European). There are no Muslims there, and that's a good thing, because according to Mr Meyer, Muslims just go around shooting everyone who pisses them off. Especially Muslims in crazy tolerant Europe. This doesn't really fit in with, say, the Muslim families who lived next door to me until I was 22, even though I'm sure we probably pissed them off a couple of times as kids by throwing balls into their gardens and stuff. Instead of firing bullets into our chests, they used to bring us in couscous and other north African delicacies. I wish I could tell them that they should have been shooting us instead of giving us nice food.

Anyway, I for one am grateful to Mr Meyer for showing me the error of my ways. I just have one question. In his litany of all the great cultural movements of "western civilisation", he never once mentioned the Enlightenment. Why on earth do you think that could be?

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It's not all ranting about crazy conservatives around here.* Today was brightened by the arrival of an Amazon parcel containing Debbie Stoller's new book Stitch and Bitch Nation, another hipster knitting book called Knit Wit and, best of all, Locas: The Complete Maggie and Hopey Stories by Jaime Hernandez. I really wanted to get the latter ever since I heard it was coming out, but I thought it was way too expensive - it's $50.00 and despite the exchange rate is selling for about 60 quid in comic shops here. And then I saw that Amazon were selling it with 34% off, and what with the good exchange rate and everything....I couldn't resist. And I'm so, so glad, because even though I already own more than half of the stuff inside in various books and single comics, it's an insanely beautiful book and it's great to have everything in one volume. Love and Rockets is probably my favourite comic ever. I think my shall revert to my old Hopey default icon in its honour.

*Speaking of which, fromaway's comment to my post reminded me that I had been unfair to the author of that piece of crap by saying he never mentioned the Enlightenment. I actually thought he had, which I thought was unintentionally ironic of him, and then when I went back to the article to cut and paste some quotations from it in my post, I couldn't find the reference. Perhaps I was blinded by rage. Perhaps my hatred of Western Civilisation has robbed me of my ability to read English. Or perhaps my eyes just glazed over when trying to read that shit for the second time. Who knows? Anyway, I wish I could say that I was sorry for misreporting that horrible old bigot, but I'm not, because the fact that he even dared mention the Age of Reason in a piece which basically defended the religious conservative status quo makes him even more of a fuckwit than if he'd carefully ignored it. So there.
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