So a couple of weeks ago, Simcha Fisher made the commonsense observation that if you deny or make excuses for the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis (you know, “It never happened and besides they deserved it”, that sort of thing), then you have parted company with all decency and sanity.
Naturally, this elementary moral observation brought out every kook on the internet and they all appeared in poor Simcha’s comboxes to demonstrate the truth of every word she said, culminating in the edifying spectacle of a vicious kook telling a mother of nine that she was a “pro-abort kike”. Class with a capital KKK. Simcha was her usual sensible self and it all died down.
But the other day, Simcha managed to make another absolutely non-controversial-for-non-insane-people comment–namely that it is idiotic, crazy, and evil for the lunatic head of the Episcopal communion to characterize demon possession as a gift of God. Result: the Wrath of the Crazies in her comboxes.
This time, however, the lunatics were not from the uber-Trad “Hitler was more sinned against than sinning” crowd but instead from the uber-Progressive “You are a meanie for making fun of crazy Episcopalians like Katharine Jefforts-Schori” crowd. Interestingly, most of these people were not Episcopalian (that battle-weary demographic was feeling very supported and affirmed by Simcha). Nope. It was dissenting “progressive” ex-Catholics and their ilk.
There were a lot of highlights from the “You are Intolerant of Our Separated Demonic Brethren and Judgmental of These Spirits Merely Because They are Damned for All Eternity–and Beside Ms. Jefferts-Schori Looks Quite Fetching in Rainbow Colors” Brigade, but I think the winning post had to go to the woman who issued a plea for tolerance from mean Catholics and then added “in spite of the Catholic abhorrence of sex, they breed like cockroaches.”
I don’t care who you are. That right there is textbook irony. Progressives using the language of vermin to describe Catholics that Julius Streicher used to describe Jews! And in a plea for tolerance and an implied boast about one’s own progressive open-mindedness and love! Nothing like some good-old “You Catholics are filthy breeders” rhetoric from fatuously un-self-aware Progressives to remind you of the fact that when you run off to one political extreme you wind up meeting your enemies coming at you from the other direction. These guys have more in common with the Holocaust Deniers than they imagine. Catholic-hatred is the anti-semitism of the Left “Liberal”. Only there’s nothing liberal about it.