Posted on | July 6, 2014 | 82 Comments
In case you didn’t notice, that’s a Chick-fil-A cup in her hand. We are now in Day Six of the Hobby Lobby hysteria, and the Democrat Party propaganda claim that this Supreme Court decision is a theocratic right-wing assault on women’s rights is so firmly embedded in liberals’ minds that responding to them with facts and logic is a waste of time. Deliberate provocation is more fun, and the liberal reaction to Holly Fisher’s provocation was memorable. A young Floridian named Patrick Ryan Kasprik sent Fisher these Twitter messages:
As might be imagined, Kasprik’s rhetoric inspired a lot of blowback, to which Kasprik responded: “Like most satire, the people on the receiving end really don’t get it.” This is the familiar Liberal Satire Defense: “Hahaha! Stupid wingnuts are too ignorant to comprehend the enlightened nuance of my progressive humor.”
Except (a) we understand it perfectly and (b) it’s not funny.
Of course, what Kasprik’s “jokes” were intended to invoke was another favorite liberal trope, the “American Taliban” Analogy, wherein Christian conservatives are smeared as having the same agenda as violent Islamic fundamentalists. The problem is that the two phenomena are not analogous, no matter how often or in what way liberals repeat this smear. Honor killings and other manifestations of Islamic backwardness (polygamy, child brides, burqas, etc.) have no parallel among Christian conservatives. Opposition to abortion and homosexuality, expressed through the ordinary processes of representative politics, is simply not the same thing as what the mullahs in Iran or other Islamic fanatics seek to impose through sharia law. Lumping both together under the rhetorical umbrella of “religious fundamentalism” is just dishonest.
But where would liberals be without dishonest rhetoric? And why do I have a suspicion that Patrick Ryan Kasprik will soon regret calling attention to himself and his clever “satire”?
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) July 7, 2014
— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) July 6, 2014