See me safe up: for in my coming down, I can shift for myself.
Saint Thomas More to his jailers as he ascended the platform on which he was about to be beheaded.
News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:
U.S.—Snopes has rolled out a helpful new feature: an opinion checker.
Alongside the site’s helpful fact checks of satirical articles and debunking of urban legends, there will now be a section of the site dedicated to checking out opinions and letting you know which ones are acceptable to hold.
“Just checking facts wasn’t enough anymore—now, people are looking to Snopes to be the moral arbiter of which opinions are OK and which ones are not,” said a spokesperson for the website. “This has been a long time coming. We’ve pretty much been doing this all along, but disguising it as a ‘fact check.’ So now we can just be much more upfront with people about what our intentions are.”
As soon as the feature went live, Snopes had opinion-checked dozens of opinions, including the following:
- President Trump isn’t as bad as Hitler
- White men aren’t all bad
- Abortion is wrong
- Pineapple does not belong on pizza
- Hillary Clinton is not a good person
- The Last Jedi is trash
- It’s OK to laugh at a joke on the internet
Go here to read the rest. Snopes, the Leftist “fact-checking” site has long been “fact-checking” the Bee, a humor site, no doubt because they assume that the average Leftist is too stupid to distinguish fact from humor unless they point it out. Go here to read one of their latest efforts. As readers of this blog know, I appreciate humor. Most Leftists, not all, do not. It calls to mind this passage from The Screwtape Letters:
I divide the causes of human laughter into Joy, fun, the Joke Proper, and flippancy. You will see the first among friends and lovers reunited on the eve of a holiday. among adults some pretext in the way of Jokes is usually provided, but the facility with which the smallest witticisms produce laughter at such a time shows that they are not the real cause. What that real cause is we do not know. something like it is expressed in much of that detestable art which the humans call Music, and something like it occurs in heaven — a meaningless acceleration in the rhythm of celestial experience, quite opaque to us. laughter of this kind does us no good and should always be discouraged. Besides, the phenomenon is of itself disgusting and a direct insult to the realism, dignity, and austerity of hell.
As Saint Thomas More opined, Satan is a proud spirit and cannot stand being mocked with the good humor that God, in His infinite wisdom, placed in human hearts. If you ever get to the point in your life when you find absolutely nothing funny, get down on your knees and pray, or sit through a Marx Brothers film marathon, or do both simultaneously.