Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Stupid coworker moment

Coworker:  Well, I don't really like either Obama or Hilary - but at least Hilary was never a Muslim.

Me:  Wait a second - you're convicting a guy because his dad was a Muslim, took him outside the us, and evidently you think that Obama is some sort of secret Muslim mole who's out to destroy America?

Coworker:  Muslims have stated they want to destroy the United States of America.

Me:  Even if that was true - you think that people can't grow up, join a church, say "You know what, I'm a Christian" and change? 

Coworker:  People can grow older, but they don't always grow up.

Me:  Wow.  Just - wow.

I didn't think there were really people who thought this way.  This is probably one of the saddest days in my life.

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Pam said...

There really are people who think that way, and worse.

Muslims have stated they want to destroy the United States of America.

So, how does he feel about Christians. Christians have said the exact same thing.

John Hummel said...

I'm going to bet he has no problems with Christians - after all, they're all good, right?

(Thinks about Crusades. Slavery excuses. Inquisition. Holocaust.)

OK, maybe not. But this guy was totally serious, which I guess shouldn't surprise me. I have the feeling he's a 25-percent-er.

Poet/Ninja said...

Explain to me what a "25 percent-er" is?

Frankly, this is just one of the party line things that get repeated to make sure the opposition's popularity with the line troops doesn't get too high. It's the political equivalent of labelling the enemy "Charlie"

John Hummel said...

25-percenter is a term I've come up with: it's the 25% of the population that no matter what dumb things Bush says or does, they will *still* give him a favorable rating.

Economy going into a recession? 25% still think he's doing a "heck of a job".

More troops killed in Iraq? 25% will still say "Well, at least he's not surrendering!"

So on and so forth. It's the 1 in 4 people for whom Bush and his team can do ill, and they will always be right.