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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Somebody should tell CERN at once

Ludicrous American Nazi site BareNakedIslam has a shock horror story from the Daily Mail (so you know it's true, right?) about the Red Cross "banning Christmas" from its shops.

There are three problems with the story.

First of all, in the report it clearly states that "Items currently on sale include Christmas cards featuring angels and wise men and Advent calendars with nativity scenes." Uh-huh. Some ban then.

Secondly, it isn't true, as the Red Cross point out here.

And thirdly, the Daily Mail published the story in 2002.

Wow. I always knew these hillbilly survivalist types were behind the times, with the way they go on about how terrible it is to have gays in the military, votes for women, a black man in the White House and all that, but I hadn't realised it took nine years for news from the civilised world to reach them. Maybe they live in some strange dimensional warp whose flip side is what causes neutrinos to go faster than light. Hmm. Let's see. A neutrino arrives 10 nanoseconds early in Italy, while in Texas a Daily Mail news report arrives nine years late. As a neutrino carries 28,401,840 billion times more information than a Daily Mail report, yup, this balances precisely.

Now, at this point I have deliberately not looked at the comments on the BNI post. My guess is that nobody will have pointed out the date discrepancy. My second guess is that if anyone did, BNI will find some way of rationalising it as though it were current. But I'm going to plump for total failure of reading skills. OK, let's go look.....

It's funny. There are 100 comments. The first 15 are standard rug-chewing stuff. #16 points out that the story is an outdated rumour that started last year (OK, eight years off, but on the right lines). BNI itself responds in comment #24 that "Where there's smoke there's fire. Give it a few years and you'll see more." So my second guess was pretty much spot on, then. Then comment #29 nails the story as a 2002 one already shown up as a fake. Commenter #42 believes the story but notes that the Red Cross have denied it. In comment #51 BNI admits to doubts over the story. Comment #63 reckons it doesn't matter that it's an old fake, the Red Cross are Muslim-lovers, innit? (#63 is an EDL supporter.) At comment #99 we get another acknowledgement that the story may be a fake, and bringing up the rear at #100 the sole sensible comment which I reproduce in full:

Lisa Stacey I lived in the middle east for 3 years and I have heaps of Muslim friends. Not one of them would even conceive of being offended by Xmas. Non Muslim people are scared of Islamic extremist reaction to non Islamic things, but that in itself is not islamic and the very nature of anything extreme, especially religious extremism, is based on a lack of understanding and interpretation of the very thing you’re pretending to believe in. Sadly, the minority, the extremists, of any sort always create a bad name for the majority.

Christmas is not celebrated in Arabic countries (obviously!) but I and my ‘Christian’ (mostly non practising) colleagues were always given time off to celebrate it. We were frowned upon if we said we were happy to come to work with everyone else.

I think it’s really sad that people react to the minority simply because the majority doesn’t make a fuss….no just in this, but in everything.


Sadly, I suspect Lisa Stacey is in for a great deal of abuse shortly on that comment thread.

But what is most gratifying for those of us enjoying a good laugh is the huge number of commenters who ploughed on with their "Boycott the Red Cross" comments even after it was pointed out that the story is a nine-year-old fake. Maybe that nine-year time lag applies to their reading of comments too, and we'll start getting sensible ones posted by the hillbillies in 2020.

Meanwhile, a Merry Christmas 2002 to all you American Nazis out there.

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