August 26, 2003

Inchoate Rage

My mood, in two words. Seems like we get an influx of the stupid this time of year, and what with the heat and my schedule, my tolerance is low, low, low. So, in no particular order, here's a list of stuff that's making me mental:

Leaving children in hot cars. I'm sorry, there's no excuse for this. None. Ever. I can see leaving a bag of groceries in (or even on top of--don't ask) a car because you're "rushed," but not a child. These stories make me feel physically ill, and they make me paranoid that It Could Happen To Me!

I'm not sure under what circumstances it would slip my mind that I have a child in the car with me, but whatever--it taps into that same vein of irrational, primal fear I had at the beach where I was convinced that I was going to accidentally drop The Boy off the balcony, regardless of the fact that I never even went out ON the balcony with him during the entire stay. Sometimes my imagination is not my friend.

The iron fist of "tolerance." Hooray for The Fire, as they are successfully suing these draconian dipshits. But take a gander at the "unreconstructed" language of the original policy, which defines harrassment rather broadly:

Harassment shall be defined as unsolicited, unwanted conduct which annoys, threatens, or alarms a person or group.

Well, I'm alarmed at this assinine policy. Can I sue for harassment? It's called the Real World, you bunch of idiots--we're not all just going to get along, no matter how hard you try to legislate human thought and emotion.

I wonder if Shippensburg University considers my mocking of them harassment; after all, it must be somewhat alarming when you're told that your worldview is pernicious and misguided...and it must be extremely annoying to be successfully sued for First Amendment violations. Do you think they feel "threatened" by this "unsolicited, unwanted conduct?" I hope so.

Finally, the Big Ass Mel Gibson Jesus Movie Freakout of 2003. Seems some folks think there will be crazed rioting in the streets by Jew-hating fundies looking to focus their rage when they discover that "The Joooooz gave the order to kill Jesus!" Let's see...how many Jew-hating fundies do you think are willing to sit through three hours of Blood and Aramaic to find fuel for their righteous fire? Zero? Yeah, that's about right. It's a movie critics will talk about and scholars will attempt to lend "gravitas" to, but that no one will actually SEE, except for those folks who want to impress the cocktail party set. And a post-film pogrom is a touch too "bourgeois" for them, so I think we're safe.

Ahh, venting. Good for what ails me. Well, that and a fifth of gin, but I'm at work.


Posted by Big Arm Woman at August 26, 2003 09:02 AM
Comments

Especially funny is that the 'fundies' in this country tend to be Israel's staunchest defenders in the U.S., beating out even American Jews, who tend to be liberal Democrats. I don't know, I guess it has something to do with the Bible and the Jews being designated as God's Chosen People.

There are 'fundies' who hate Jews, but they tend not to be *Christian* fundies. At least not Evangelical Christians.

Posted by: Ken Begg at August 26, 2003 11:10 AM

Ken -

I know--and I just don't get all these articles and posts about how a movie is going to result in an explosion of anti-semitism. The hell? I mean, I'm not an idiot and I know there are crazy people out there, but the idea that sects of Christians would be upset at the Jews for basically doing what had to be done in order for Christianity to EXIST would be, well, beyond stupid. I just don't get it. Maybe it's an underlying discomfort with Christianity, and not about anti-semitism at all...

Posted by: BAW at August 26, 2003 01:27 PM

"Maybe it's an underlying discomfort with Christianity, and not about anti-semitism at all..."

Bingo. Part of which is the idea that the nation's rubes (i.e., the 97% of us who aren't in the chattering classes) constitute a barely sentient powder keg, one moreover sociologically programmed to seek out matches. Remember the assumption after 9/11 that the average citizen was going to start lynching anyone with a tan?

Posted by: ken@jabootu.com at August 26, 2003 01:42 PM

I'm not even a Christian, but I think I'll see it on DVD.

It looks reasonably authentic, very intense, and well-produced.

Good enough for me.

Posted by: Sigivald at August 26, 2003 05:58 PM

Sigivald -

Yep, I'm curious as well, but I think I'll rent it in case the whole "authentic, intense" portions prove a little too much of both for me.

Plus, I think it'll be interesting to watch a movie in Aramaic with no subtitles--and I'm actually serious about that statment!

Posted by: BAW at August 27, 2003 07:45 AM

What if I wanted to drive a wedge between the growing coalition of non-liberal Jews and Christian Evangelicals? A coalition that would be difficult to contain during the 2004 election.

Provoke some controversy. Get the groups angry at each other.

The Gibson film gives certain people just that opportunity.

Posted by: Allan at August 29, 2003 04:06 PM

What if I wanted to drive a wedge between the growing coalition of non-liberal Jews and Christian Evangelicals? A coalition that would be difficult to contain during the 2004 election.

Provoke some controversy. Get the groups angry at each other.

The Gibson film gives certain people just that opportunity.

Posted by: Allan at August 29, 2003 04:07 PM