Over on Twitter, there's the #fortnight4freedom hashtag to collect tweets related to the Church's self-defense against government aggression*. A couple of people have come in to leave nasty, bigoted comments attacking Catholics. I finally had enough and have spent the last two days pounding on one dork in particular.
Early on, I decided he was intractable and so I made it my goal to neutralize him. I wanted to make his life so painful through ridicule and mockery that he'd go away. He's not been able to put up much of a defense as he's unskilled in logic, ignorant of fact and lacks debating skills in general. He's one of those terribly serious people who is convinced that the LGBT community is under constant attack by the Catholic bishops. Quite literally, the bishops. He's a delusional, paranoid, ignorant bigot who fancies himself some kind of superhero fighting for the rights of cross dressers everywhere.
And so I went to work on him.
Was at a party for a friend's son who graduated from Georgetown. Lots of Catholics. Good thing you stayed home under your bed.
Afraid of the Church much?
Oh shucks. And here I'd planned to burn a bunch of gays at the stake this weekend. Darn.
Stay strong for the LGBT, my friend. For the bishops will come down upon them as wolves among sheep. #dingbat
Keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour of the bishops coming.All in all, it was a lot of vapid fun for me, a chance to beat up on an ignorant, destructive moron. It was also an act of total cowardice and I figured that out pretty quickly.
I think (bigot) needs professional help. He's afraid bishops are coming to get him.
When you go for mockery, you expose nothing of yourself. You take no serious positions. It's like slathering your cherished beliefs in Crisco before you get into the ring to debate - the other side can't grab hold of anything. About three tweets into the exchange, I decided to deliberately avoid almost anything substantive and just make his life miserable. I found I could make the point that his positions were untenable, but I did nothing constructive. I only contributed to the overall chaos of the general debate.
All in all, it was pretty unimpressive. I guess I supplied suppressive fire for our side, but I didn't exactly cover myself in glory or live my faith.
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