Religion & Politics

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
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Stephen Harper, pro-kitten, anti-yarnThere should be a rule on Ravelry that you’re not allowed to discuss religion or politics. Just like at the dinner table at Thanksgiving. There’s always some crazy jerk on the site that has decided that something else on the internet offends them and because they are offended, they are going to get every other Ravel-zealot to jump on the person and pull their metaphoric pants down. The only time when I ever come across something really ridiculous and trollsome, it’s always the religious or conservative/liberal fanatics on the site that have decided between the 50 crazies on a particular forum that they suddenly all hate the same person, just because they used a jokey pattern title referencing socialism or made a comment about how squares are better than triangles.

By the way, guys, I’m really offended by the way [political figure] spoke of [social group] in his or her [long boring speech punctuated by vague promises and references to inexperience of opponents and/or change] and I cannot agree with [policies of political figure]. I welcome the anger from Ravelry!

(BTW, I was mostly shocked by the above forum because I was really surprised at how many women could support McCain. I’m assuming they’re fiscal conservatives, not social conservatives. If any of the readers of this post can explain to me how it’s possible for a woman to support McCain on a social level, I would be really interested to hear it.)

(BTW, I strongly discourage anyone taking their rage from this site anywhere else, because I want everyone to be happy and no one to attack each other. And if your rage conflicts with my rage, please do not express that rage here. You can go over to the conservative Ravelry forum and go nuts with your worship of buffalo chips and how-do-we-beat-the-bitch anti-feminist-but-pro-hot-alaskan tokenism. If that’s not your cup of tea, just look at these puppies!)

I'm watching you.

This dog is wary of the conservative stance on women’s equality. And an apple.

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8 Comments to “Religion & Politics”

  1. i’m amazed that the person who made the sweater pattern and named it bowed to the outcry of a few conservatives, or even a few liberals, i mean, why not just stick by your product? shows a total lack of integrity. that’s just wrong. wow. anyway, thanks for the link. i had no clue ravelry was so contentious. the boards i peruse are fairly tame.

    Comment by
    rebecca
    September 9, 2008 @ 9:01 am
  2. I actually want to take your idea a step further–religion should be absolutely private–worship, discussion, and principles. Organized religion is the biggest evil facing the human race. Historically it’s responsible for more deaths, misery, and persecution than any epidemic, natural disaster, or terrorist activity.

    As for this:

    If any of the readers of this post can explain to me how it’s possible for a woman to support McCain on a social level, I would be really interested to hear it.

    It’s easy to understand. Take Palin. She would cheerfully allow a ten-year-old who was raped by her father to bear a child–all in the name of religious conviction. There are, alas, many ladies who follow this route.

    They should all take Matthew 6:6 to heart and leave the rest of us alone.

    Comment by fleegle
    September 9, 2008 @ 10:06 am
  3. There are plenty of women out there who are socially conservatives – you can’t tell me that you think somehow women any better than the rest of humanity when it comes to being assbackwards. Whether it is racism, sexism, homophobia or any other “we reserve the right to hate you because you’re different” I think women are just as likely to be haters as men.

    Comment by Whichy
    September 9, 2008 @ 11:25 am
  4. Oh, I’m not saying that women are better than men, that’s not where I was directing my incredulity. There are lots of racists, sexists and homophobes who support the democrats as well. What I’m curious about is how a woman could support the Republicans or McCain when they have a) done nothing to stop their military from covering up rapes and murders of women in uniform by fellow soldiers, b) supported insurance companies when providing viagra but not the birth control pill, c) like fleegle said, they’ve decided that 10-year-olds who’ve been raped by their fathers will have to keep the baby, d) they’d like nothing better than for girls to have no idea how to avoid pregnancy, but only to teach them that sex is wrong and that they shouldn’t do it, even when it’s pretty obvious that they’ll be doing it anyway. There are many more things that I could say about the Republican party and their clearly anti-feminine agenda, but it’s just too depressing to go on. Those are the major ones.

    Comment by Eve
    September 9, 2008 @ 2:05 pm
  5. Eve, I don’t disagree with you in the slightest – they scare me and I don’t understand any woman who has so little sense of self-preservation (let alone concern for other women) that they support a party that clearly thinks that women are walking interchangeable baby factories.

    Comment by Whichy
    September 9, 2008 @ 5:24 pm
  6. lol!

    Comment by Eve
    September 9, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
  7. Ok, where did SH rent that cute kitten and did he have to sedate it to make it stay with him? :-)

    Or am I misconstsruing and, since this usually a knitting blog, this is actually a warning about the effect of cat hair and kitten claws on knitwear?

    Oh, puppies !!!!

    Comment by Dave
    September 11, 2008 @ 12:21 pm
  8. Not sure how any woman in her right mind could support Palin just because we share a gender. I share a gender with half of the world’s population. Doesn’t mean I agree with them..Ooooh puppies!

    Comment by Carol
    September 12, 2008 @ 10:31 am

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