I recently heard a new term I hadn’t heard before: Glurge.But I’ve certainly experienced it. Now you can, too… You’re welcome. The image below is exactly how this came to me. Snopes has a great glurge hall-of-shame page, if you’re still not sure what I’m talking about.
I struggle to comprehend the utter desperation of this writer. I don’t even care if the incident described happened in Kingston, Tennessee. It’s probably fabricated. My sense of it is that a public school principal who gave such a speech would lose their job–quickly. But perhaps not in the South.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not. What’s important is to observe what happens when a majority develops a persecution complex. How absurd. There are churches on nearly every street corner in the South. Christians are literally overwhelmed with places to pray. From what I understand, workplaces are pretty religious, too. First thing you’re asked by co-workers is what church you attend.
So it’s a good thing the law provides that place of refuge, where you just can’t lead public prayers where people of other faiths or of no faith might be present. The Constitution requires we recognize the public space as neutral territory.
(Thank you Thomas Jefferson and the rest!)
But that’s not good enough. These loons aren’t happy unless everyone is praying to the Christian god. And persuasion has completely failed to bring this about. The legal system has ‘let them down’ by refusing to enforce it. So now it’s all about shouting to friends and family in 36-point colored italic script, trying to guilt them into further spreading their demands. Because God’s law trumps man’s law, of course.
Update: Back in 2009, these little missives of Christian petulance spread mostly through email. But I was unprepared for the absolute torrent of this kind of filth that was about to overwhelm social media. And it hasn’t stopped as of 2022. The only defense, it seems is to delete and block “friends” who share this stuff. After cleaning up my feeds though, it makes me shudder sometimes to think about what’s circulating, that I don’t see. How do we expect to seriously engage with solving Earth’s problems, if our feeds–where we place an undue amount of attention–are filled with distracting, manipulative, aggrieved, and unctuous nonsense? We can’t. Don’t underestimate the severe damage to democracy caused by “just-so” stories, jokes, memes, copy/paste spam, nostalgia, prayers and prayer requests, quizzes, optical illusions and the rest of the cognitive sewage piped into everyone’s brain through social media on the daily. –Sean Prophet, September 2022