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Something More People Should Understand

Over on Facebook, one of my friends encountered a friend-of-a-friend who is proud of her ignorance. She proclaims that there is only One Book that people need ever read.

My friend Katherine made these remarks in several comments to her own post, not in response to the ignorant woman, whom it would do no good to hear it.
She told our mutual Facebook friend that people only need to read one book, and if they don't know what it is they're "slow" and "ignorant."

I still think she'd benefit from other books. Strunk and White, perhaps. Elementary Logic. Religious history. But I read other books, so I'm clearly ignorant. ;)

I'm pretty sure that there's no passage in that particular book that reads, "And thou shalt be unread and unlettered, and proud of thy unlearned state. Yea, and thou shalt be so proud of thy unlearned state that thou shalt be nasty to people on the Intarwebs, and sneer at them, and generally be a jerk, for I the Lord thy God love it when thou are an asshat in my name."

In fact, I'm pretty sure that Jesus wouldn't tell anyone whether or not to read a book, but he would tell people not to be self-righteous assholes, and did so on more than one occasion.
I repost her comments here (with permission) because...well, I think it bears repeating. :)

Alas, the people who most need to hear it 1) will never see it, and 2) won't understand it if they do.


Atheists Are People, Too  Antispam  

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kaasirpent
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm sure that's it. :)
izmeina
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
And there was silly Izzie thinking that it just had to be "The Da Vinci Code"

PS Is that a stained glass Flying Spaghetti Monster? (peace be upon It)
*Sneakily snatches*
kaasirpent
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
That is, indeed, a stained-glass FSM. Feel free to steal, as that is what I did as well. :) I try to attribute images when I use images (and have even purchased a few to use on LJ), but the person I got it from didn't attribute, either.
jadefu
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest "Everyone Poops"
oxlahun
Dec. 29th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Or "Heather Has Two Mommies".
thespian
Dec. 29th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
the irony is the only way to read the bible is to have read other books to prep.
liddle_oldman
Dec. 29th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Remember the old rule -- if it contradicts the Bible, it's wrong and should be burned. If if supports the Bible, it's redundant, and can be burned.

Perhaps they're proud of their ignorance because it takes as much effort and dedication as another person's education?
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