Turn the dial to 11. These news items show the inadequacy of any existing conceptual scale to the task of measuring your daily justified-outrage level.
(1) The pastor and congregation of the Dove World Outreach Center have engaged in an Al Qaeda recruitment campaign. I doubt that they know enough French to translate the phrase agent provacateur but they seem to understand the concept well enough to to play this role. Albeit, well out of reach of the actions they plan to provoke.
Charitably, I will assume it is just a bid to put Dove World Outreach Center in every standard dictionary, whenever there’s a need for an instant definition of “unbelievable stupidity”, “religious bigotry”, or “armchair warrior”. (Plus a few other words and phrases that wouldn’t make it into a school dictionary. )
Maybe they think their god is too slow in hastening Armageddon and needs a helping hand.
The guardian had a ludicrous anti-Dawkins piece the other day, with the writer claiming that:
He has become the mirror image of the theological dogmatists he despises.
There’s nothing like the Dave World Outreach Center to show that – if anything – Dawkins has been pulling his punches.
(You don’t need a link from me. This story is everywhere as they clearly planned.)
(2) And this story that seems equally designed to boost the membership of fundamentalist armies by a factor of several thousand. The Guardian headlines:
US soldiers ‘killed Afghan civilians for sport and collected fingers as trophies’
Soldiers face charges over secret ‘kill team’ which allegedly murdered at random and collected fingers as trophies of war
Dare I hope there’s a holdall somewhere with the names of these soldiers and the Gainesville pastor on it?