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Glenn Beck and the Art of Haiku

You know when you’re in an argument with someone and they bring up Hitler as a way to either make you feel like crap, or just put an end to the conversation?  For example:  you’re discussing the benefits of a … Read More

By / March 26, 2010

You know when you’re in an argument with someone and they bring up Hitler as a way to either make you feel like crap, or just put an end to the conversation?  For example:  you’re discussing the benefits of a vegetarian diet and they remind you that Hitler was a vegetarian.

Or what about when someone says your congregation is supporting Nazism, because your rabbi mentions social justice?

What if someone were to say: “I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church website. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice are code words [either Communism and Nazism]. Am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!" That is an illogical person, and they hate everything you (“you” is a code word for “me”) believe in.  And that person would be Glenn Beck. Humor is a great way to counter illogical extremes; Jewish Funds for Justice figured this out with their creative response to Glenn Beck’s ridiculous comments about religion and social justice: Haik U Glenn Beck.

If you don’t write a Glenn Beck-themed haiku, Hitler wins.

This post originally appears on jspot.org

 

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