by Scoobie Davis
Fun With Fundies
I don't have too much to say about the Dobson/SpongeBob feud.
Over the past decade or so, I have noticed a pattern among Bible-beaters--especially Bible-beaters who want to beat the rest of us over the head with their Bibles: the conspiratorial view that popular culture is sending cryptic messages to seduce the youth of America. Just a few examples:
1. Backward Masking. This was a big bugaboo in the 1980's. There was the fear spread by fundies that rock and roll was corrupting American youth not only by overt explicit lyrics but--as Chimp would say--"subliminable" messages that can be detected by playing records backwards. In fact, it got to the point that former Limbaugh guest host, former Congressman Robert Dornan (R-Bedlam) introduced a bill in the House to label all suspect records with the following message: "WARNING: THIS RECORD CONTAINS BACKWARD MASKING THAT MAKES A VERBAL STATEMENT WHICH IS AUDIBLE WHEN THIS RECORD IS PLAYED BACKWARD AND WHICH MAY BE PERCEPTIBLE AT A SUBLIMINAL LEVEL WHEN THIS RECORD IS PLAYED FORWARD."
2. The war against Harry Potter. Here's something from Joseph Farah's WorldNutDaily.
3. Jerry Falwell's war on Tinky Winky of the Teletubbies.
These are just a few examples. There are many more.