A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Nonsense Continues

For the past eight years, we have had to put up with conspiracy theorists on the loony left, bloggers who have had an incurable case of Bush Derangement Syndrome, willing to believe everything about the former president in their delusional meanderings. Now, it looks as if, for the next four years at least, we will have to put up with the conspiracy theorists on the wacky right, who are quickly catching Obama Maniacal Disorder. In a flurry of psychotic activity yesterday, right-wing bloggers were arguing that Barack Obama really wasn't the President because he, along with Chief Justice Roberts, flubbed the oath of office during the inauguration (a few are even floating the theory that the book President Obama placed his left hand on was not Lincoln's Bible, but a Quran). In an overly cautious move, President Obama took the oath of office again yesterday at the White House with the Chief Justice administering it, which will not satisfy those who have the Disorder.

I am sure that Barack Obama and John Roberts would have liked to have gotten it right the first time, but for me it was a moment of reminder that Presidents and Supreme Court Justices are human beings (I am not too sure about the members of Congress). I thought nothing of it; it amazes me that others spent their entire day yesterday focusing on it.

The outright outrageousness that the American people have to continue to witness from the loons on the extreme left and wackos on the extreme right are a sobering reminder as to what can happen to a person who turns politics into a religion, which is expressed in the jihad of hate that can in no way tolerate the heresies that question their political orthodoxy. All they know is that their politics is right and it is the standard of what is moral, to be upheld at all costs, truth be damned. Whether it is spreading the unfounded rumors that Governor Sarah Palin was covering up her daughter's pregnancy and birth by claiming that her youngest son was really her grandson, or whether it was those who actually went to court arguing the John McCain and Barack Obama were not naturalized citizens and therefore ineligible to be President, these extremists add nothing to the public discussion of politics and the common good.

I am a blogger and I enjoy it, but it does not consume my day. I have plenty of other things to do and find plenty of enjoyment and fulfillment away from my computer, and I also find plenty of other subjects to post on in addition to politics.

If I may give some advice to those bloggers on the religio-political fringe (left and right)-- Turn the computer off for a while, come up out of your parents' basement, and exchange a healthy salad for your sacramental meal of Cheetos and beer.

And... get a life.

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Cross-Posted at RedBlueChristian


Country Parson said...


Anonymous said...

Good thoughts, Allan. Henry Adams said, 'Politics is the systematic organization of hatreds.' Politics is other things too, thankfully, but there is more than a little truth to the hate part of it. Unfortunately.

Peace to you today.

Carl said...

Sorry, Allan, but it's a FACT that Obama didn't use a Bible to take the Oath of Office...he used a copy of Detective Comics #27 which is the first appearance of Batman!!!

Everybody knows that to be true!

Also the Oath didn't count because Obama had his fingers crossed behind his back and Roberts did not say "simon says"



Hey, that ain't any more ludicrous that some of the nonsense floatin' around there.

Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if someone read the above and took it all seriously!

Allan R. Bevere said...


You gave me the best laugh I have had in a few days! Thanks!


Thanks for the quote from Adams. How true.


Your "Amens" are always a boost.

I really try to avoid biting sarcasm in my posts, but I just lost my composure for a few moments this afternoon.

Carl said...

Glad I could provide a little levity.

On a little more serious note: I agree there are wackos and kooks on both the left and right extremes however I'd be willing to bet (based upon personal experience and research) that the number of wackos and kooks on the extreme left far outnumber the ones on the extreme right. I know there is no way of accurately and scientifically verifying this theory but based upon published reports and materials, internet materials, etc. over many years, it seems the left has a majority in the lunatic fringe element in the United States. Also very vile, vitriolic and vocal as well.

Nice aliteration, huh?

Anyway, something for ya upon which to ponder.

Art said...

Sir, truer words may never have been blogged!

Amy said...

Thank you for helping to keep us grounded in the midst of lots of nonsense!

I am a UM clergy from NC but currently living and serving in England for the year. Glad I found my way to your reflections thanks to Olive Morgan, a very faithful British Methodist (and blogger)!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes. I wish people could have a cordial discussion, even over matters in which they sharply disagree.

But this incivility seems to be ingrained to a significant extent in our culture (on Scot's meanderings this morning, I see an article from Os Guinness, who recently wrote a book on that).

Allan R. Bevere said...


Thanks for you comments.

I saw that article on Jesus Creed as well. I thought Scot's post on Obama and abortion (and torture) was spot on.


Thanks for your commets and stopping by the blog. Feel free to post thoughts at anytime.


For some reason no one ever calls me "Sir." Thanks!

Allan R. Bevere said...


Your observation is interesting. The question that is difficult to answer at the moment is whether there are more loons on the left than wackos on the right, or has it just seemed that way for the past eight years since the loons have been out of power.

Whether or not the wackos come out of the woodwork over the next four years, will indicate whether it is the former or the latter.