I was scanning through tweets a few minutes ago and came across one that seriously pissed me off. Actually, Dear Reader, pissed me off is an understatement. It made me angry. It made me want to fire off an expletive laden response because of the sheer, unadulterated fuckishness of the tweet. It made me want to grab this person and scream, “That’s what you have a problem with?!!?? Prayer??” I know some tweets are designed to get people pissed off, I understand that, but I think this person was serious, and that is what made me angry.
The tweet refers to the Penn State and Nebraska players praying before and after their game today. The “journalist” said the following:
“Anyone else have a problem with Nebraska and Penn State players openly praying before and after the game…at a public university?”
I say “journalist” in quotes because there are no longer any true journalists. If you don’t believe me, go here and read the section entitled “The Elements of Journalism”. Feel free to share with me any people whom you believe to be journalists and that follow these principles.
What makes me angry about the tweet is that of all the things that have been discovered at Penn State in the last week, this is the thing she has a problem with? This is the thing that makes her go, “Hmm…something isn’t right here. I must take to Twitter and tweet about it”. This is the thing that makes her tweet one of the dumbest things I’ve had the misfortune to read on Twitter? How in the hell does this person think that the worst thing that’s happened is a bunch of players kneeling on the ground praying at a public university? She doesn’t think failure to call the cops is bad? She doesn’t think that the president of PSU covering it up is bad? Oh wait, I get it now…she doesn’t think.
The thing that confuses me is why she said it. Did she say it to start a discussion about prayer in school? Did she say it to bring attention to herself in the hopes that hoards of Twitterers would begin following her? Did she say it because she’s ignorant? I’m honestly curious. What was it about two football programs kneeling in prayer that got her upset? Does she not believe in prayer? Does she think the players were coerced into doing it? Does it offend her journalistic integrity that kids who might not pray normally knelt down anyway? What, I ask you, is so wrong with what the players did?
Kids were raped. Let me type that slower in case Miss How Dare They Pray decides to read this…Kids. Were. Raped. Does that help you out? Does that put things into perspective for you? I don’t see anything on your timeline about your feelings on the KIDS BEING RAPED. Oh wait…my bad. I’m sorry. It seems she does have something to say about the kids that were raped. She says, “46 years of football means absolutely nothing. Little boys were raped.” Right, right, now I get it. Her indignation extends to rioting by the PSU student body because football means nothing. So, if I understand correctly, rioting because of a fired coach is bad. Praying, however, is also bad, but not because it was prayer, but because it was prayer at a public university. Hmm.
And the ironic part of this, Dear Reader? The thing that really makes me question this person’s intelligence? She has the audacity to call out a former football coach because of a comment he made concerning Joe Paterno. Her tweet regarding his comment? “Way to lose focus on the real victims”. Yep, you read that right…Way to lose focus on the real victims. How dare Coach Zook lose focus on the real victims? How dare Coach Zook say something nice about JoePa and lose focus on the real victims? C’mon man. How in the hell can she make a statement like that when she’s done the exact same thing? She lost focus on the victims just like Zook, but apparently that’s ok. Idiot.
With all of the crap going on at Penn State, the one thing this person finds a problem with is two teams praying together at a public university. It’s sad, Dear Reader, because the one thing we don’t want to do is lose focus on the real victims.