Thursday, September 10, 2009


Over at Andrew Breibart's Big Hollywood, Burt Prelutsky thinks liberalism - whatever that might be but you're part of it I'll bet - is a religion:
For the longest time, I’ve insisted that liberalism is the religion of choice for atheists, agnostics and run-of-the-mill secularists. After all, be they Christians, Jews, Moslems or Buddhists, the truly devout accept the tenets of their religion on faith. They can try to have logical debates with the likes of a Christopher Hitchens, but in the end it all comes down to a couple of people getting red in the face, hollering “Is so” and “Is not” at each other.
Ho ho, easy troll there. But wait, there's more! It's not just a religion, it's a CULT:
But, of late, I’ve decided that referring to liberalism as a religion for non-believers is showing it too much respect. It far more resembles a cult. Even the expression about leftists drinking the Kool-Aid refers to an actual cult, the one created by the certifiable loony, Jim Jones. Having led his flock of deranged sheep from San Francisco to Guyana, one day in 1978, he ordered more than 900 of his followers to drink Kool-Aid laced with cyanide.
Cults are terrible terrible things.

You know, like that cult Burt's boss writes for.


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Atheists having a religion?



Substance McGravitas said...

I'm kinda sympathetic, in a completely indefensible and half-assed pop-science way, that the thinking that results in religion is present in sports and politics.

Surely the Cult of Reagan can't be justified on the basis of practical results.

Another Kiwi said...

Burt can't conceive of politics that is NOT about religion at it's base. His world view is so based upon some Old White Middle Class Guy Thing that he can't think outside of his own channels e.g. "my politics is inextricably bound up in my religion, therefore, so must yours be". Fascinating.
Since he can't accept that there might be some rationality involved he has to demonize it or there will be cracks in his foundation. And that's where teh funny is

Rusty Shackleford said...

He calls liberalism a religion because he thinks that's the worst possible insult to liberals. Never mind that the majority of liberals are religious.

Another Kiwi said...

Well, obviously those religious liberals can't be really religious, as in measure up to ole Burt's tapeworm.

Substance McGravitas said...

Well, religious is a pretty big insult to throw around you know.

Maybe Burt's internalized that "Christianity is not a religion" nonsense. That'd let his side off the hook, although I seem to recall him not being particularly observant himself.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Well it's not a religion Pastor Swank would respect, that's for dang sure.

mikey said...

Well, yeah. I mean, what could possibly make for a better, more successful worldview than the conclusion that a careful examination of all available objective data leading to the most supportable conclusion is stupid and commie?

Which is completely supported, in a kind of circular go-around-and-sneak-up-on-em-from-behind way but the conclusion that the best way to determine how you view the world and it's place in the universe is to pick a badly written old hodgepodge of just so stories and insist that you believe it precisely BECAUSE there is no supporting data whatsoever.

Phew. Don't think THAT was an easy paragraph to write, mofo.

Now I feel all quify

Rusty Shackleford said...

Everybody knows liberalism is all about high taxes. But as a religion, liberalism is tax-exempt. Explain this paradox, Mr. Parloonsky.

Substance McGravitas said...

Are you Oily Taitz? Or are you still Shackleford variants there?

Big Hollywood has been a little more even-handed on the dissent lately.

Rusty Shackleford said...

I stopped commenting at Big Faily when they banned me from commenting there. Total coincidence though.

tigris said...

He calls liberalism a religion because he thinks

OK, I've already found a problem in your statement.

And does Burt present any evidence for his assertions, or does he expect us to take them on faith?

Burt Prelutsky said...

Sitting here like a loaded gun
Waiting to go off
I got nothin' to do
But shoot my mouth off!

Another Kiwi said...

The fillings in my teeth inform me that Mr Sperlunker does not need any evidence also it's stinkin'