Ordinarily I don’t dip my toe into the delirious, brain-bleeding world of Right Wing Christian conspiracies. There is no victory to be had in pointing out the fact that they’re insane. Stating the obvious is like salad dressing: it tastes good in the moment but only makes you fat, lazy, and ultimately dependent on a motorised scooter. That said, this particular conspiracy does deserve a tickle if not for any other reason than Christians have gone and labelled themselves mentally ill… and I find that simply hilarious.
Last week the black Glenn Beck wannabe, Erik Rush, declared that President Obama is working (secretly, as dastardly things are so often done) with the American Psychiatric Association to classify Christianity as a mental illness. Why? To take away their rights and detain them indefinitely, of course. Now stay with me here because it’s about to get complicated. Rush’s brain fart is the fruit of, wait for it, one incredible, damning, unignorable fact: in May the APA will release its fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) which will supersede DSM-4, published in 2000. That’s it. There is no more to this story. Everything else is pure fantasy. According to Rush these manuals are the yardstick for what is and what’s not mental illness in America, “[and] in the case of those who pose the most dire threat to Obama’s designs – Christians – these will certainly be targeted. After all, who more demonstrably epitomizes mental instability in the eyes of the Marxist atheist than those who commune with and rely upon that which is unseen? To the Marxist, God is no more real than Elwood’s “Harvey,” and even more antiquated than the Constitution.”
n. A verbal mistake (also called parapraxis) that reveals a dynamically repressed belief, thought, or emotion.
Ring the bells! Rally the town crier! Right Wing Christians suspect they’re mentally ill, and even worse, fear mental health professionals can no-longer ignore it. The worry of some impending mass diagnosis and soaring demand for straight-jackets was not however just Rush’s to voice. The same crazy ball was picked up and carried forward by the America Family Radio’s Buster Wilson who added: “there are going to be attacks against Christians based on some form of mental illness diagnosis. I think it is not without reason that the left refers to people like us as those loony, right-wing fanatics or right-wing radicals, far-right-wing nut jobs. I think it is by design that they use those kinds of terminologies against us because one day I think there is going to be something in the hand of doctors, something in the hands of the CDC, something in the hands of the government that will be able to classify us a certain way and get us out of the picture.”
If I could shake their hands I would. Erik Rush and Buster Wilson, heads-up: screaming like banshees about hideous hobgoblins lurking in the shadows is precisely why the rational world accurately calls you “loony, far-right-wing nut jobs.”
(postscript: is it at all possible Rush read my article, The Centuries most overlooked story and how it explains New Atheism”? Probably not, but I’m allowed to dream)