“What can men do against such reckless hate?” –Theoden, King of Rohan, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
Sometimes, all you can do is laugh.
That’s why the Babylon Bee has been so invaluable since it arrived on the scene. It is next-level parody and satire at a time when it is desperately needed — not only for the comic relief, but to dispense with all manner of nonsense in a way that others simply are incapable of or refuse to do.
But it has also become clear that there are limits to satire in such a cosmically broken universe. Not because some content matter is simply beyond its humorous reach, but because satire itself has become reality.
When that happens, there really is no margin for laughter any longer. The joke isn’t on you — it is you.
Your civilization and nearly everything in it is a walking, talking punch line. And so instead of doing comedy, you are simply a stenographer now. Reporting objectively what happened in real time, and such reporting is as likely to draw tears as knee-slapping because of the grotesqueness of the portrait.
Case in point this week from the Babylon Bee is this headline: “Christian Just Voting For Whichever Political Party Less Likely To Make His Faith Illegal One Day.”
And now the evidence from the same week that was written:
*The Knights of Columbus, purveyors of delicious pancake breakfasts at Catholic parishes across the land, are now a controversial hate group that must be disavowed, according to Democrat Sens. Kamala Harris, Calif., and Mazie Hirono, Hawaii. At least, that is, if federal judicial nominee Brian Buescher thinks his Catholic rear end in going to get a promotion. Hirono, no stranger to hysterics, went so far as to demand that Buescher refrain from further membership in the Knights if he was to be trusted as a legitimate arbiter of justice on the bench.
Coming on the heels of Sen. Diane Feinstein’s “the dogma lives loudly in you” treatment of Amy Coney Barrett, Buescher’s treatment can’t simply be written off as an insane one-off. This is a hateful and bigoted pattern of behavior that at least one Democrat, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii, determined to be in need of an intervention.
So she wrote a thoughtful op-ed in The Hill that reminded her party that it included the proud legacy of JFK and Al Smith among its history.
Burn the witch!