I’m trying to imagine any post in which a woman stands on stage and talks about the power of prayer and the faith practiced through generations in her family that made fun of her like this one makes fun of Sally Quinn that would not instantly be recognized as completely douchbaggy. I’m not saying such posts wouldn’t happen. I’m saying people would be like, “God, Will Sommer, what a strange jerk.”

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2 thoughts on “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh

  1. Er, the woman was claiming she used to put hexes on people. And, if I’m reading it correctly, she used to practice “voodoo … and ghosts”. Surely such nonsense deserves to be mocked?

  2. Voodoo is a religion. An actual religion practiced in our hemisphere for about as long as Christianity has been practiced here. Any fool with five minutes and Wikipedia can look that shit up. So… it’s not legitimate or to be taken seriously why? Because popular culture has turned it into a joke? Because you didn’t know it was an actual thing and not just the popular culture joke? Because it’s not neatly monotheist? Why?

    And there’s nothing else in what she said that doesn’t have Christian corollaries. Christians believe in a soul that lives on after death. A lot of Christians believe that they’ve interacted with ghosts. There are still strains of Christianity in this country that absolutely believe in the power of hexes, the ability of a godly practitioner to remove them and, in rare cases, lay them. And if you take a step back and think of hexes as just a method of negatively affecting someone spiritually, then most pentecostals believe in spiritual warfare and that they might have to negatively affect bad people through that method.

    So why is what she said more strange or worth mocking than what Christians on the panel said? It was a program about religion, in which people shared their weird-ass beliefs, things that make no sense from a rational point of view.

    Her beliefs are of a type that has been incredibly popular and influential in this country since before its founding. Beliefs like hers gave 19th Century America its shape. You want a peculiarly American spirituality? That’s what it looks like.

    But we’re all supposed to laugh at that but treat everyone else on the panel with respect? As if their beliefs are legitimate and her beliefs are on their face foolish?

    Why? Because y’all don’t know your own history or anything about religions in the U.S.?

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