According to snopes.com the email about flooding the ACLU with Christmas cards is false. So why then is the monsignor at my church and my son's school urging us to send a Christmas greeting to the ACLU in order to shut down their operations?
I don't know if I am more disturbed by the gullibility that is required to believe such a missive or the gall of priest using his time after a Christmas program at the school to urge "parents like you" to shut down an organization that has during numerous occasions defended the rights of Catholics and Christians throughout the nation. Neither, of course, is acceptable.
I could chalk it up to him being a cranky old man, but if that was the case then I pray that his advanced years would make him incapable of understanding the intricacies of the interweb. Unfortunately, it seems as if he has at least managed to master the skill of clicking the open button on his email.
Perhaps I should bemoan his lack of critical thinking skills that have left him vulnerable to urban legends like an infant to the swine flu. In fact the school and the diocese has been extremely diligent in it hand-washing campaign. If only they could apply some of this effort to inoculating the clergy against ignorance.
Finally, I wonder why Monsignor is spending so much time with Hannity and Glenn Beck. Why would anyone other than fear-mongering, right-wing nut jobs want to shut down the ACLU? How can anyone purporting to serve the will of Christ possibly be against civil liberties? Monsignor ended his tirade with a proclamation that The U.S.A. is the greatest country in the world (we have been blessed), but neglects to realize that we continue to be great because of the ACLU.
I am beginning to wonder if we will ever be able to wipe out the plague of ignorance. We are just as stupid as we have ever been.