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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)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Conspiracy Theorists in a NUTshell

I do not understand the psychology behind those prone to believing conspiracy theories, but if nothing else these folks do provide us with entertainment.

Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he is not a natural born citizen (he was actually born of a virgin in Bethlehem).

George W. Bush knew in advance about 9/11 (Bush Derangement Syndrome is still infecting many people).

Rosie O'Donnell believes 9/11 was an inside job because it was the first time in history when fire melted steel (chuckle, chuckle all you steel mill workers).

Whoopie Goldberg suggests that the moon landings never happened (that's one small step for nonsense, one giant leap for insanity).

Sarah Palin's newborn son is really her daughter's (even MSNBC reported it to be true!)

The CIA had John F. Kennedy killed (yeah, and I'll bet he was secretly waterboarded to death after he was taken to the hospital).

The church has covered up the truth about Jesus and Mary Magdalene (don't let history stand in the way of a good fable, especially if it includes sex).

In a NUTshell conspiracy theorists need to get a life.

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Cross-Posted at RedBlueChristian


Greg Golden said...

Are you saying there was no one shooting from the grassy knoll?

Allan R. Bevere said...

Hi Greg, Yeah, I guess I am, but I think there is still much more to the story of who shot J.R. Now there's a real conspiracy!

Robert Cornwall said...

And yet people, even educated ones, continue to accept them as truth!

Country Parson said...

I have a neighbor who is a conspiracy enthusiast. Apart from whatever psychiatric issues might be at play, a big part of it seems to have to do with his fearful anxiety over a world he neither understands nor controls, and both are very important in his personal life. The conspiracy theories help explain almost everything in clear, easily understood terms with the added benefit of absolving him of any responsibility, accountability or culpability.

Allan R. Bevere said...


Some insightful comments. Thanks! I also think that people buy into certain conspiracies because they confirm their already held worldview. It is a way of saying to other people, "I told you so."


Yes, such neurotic behavior knows no educational boundaries.