In the past two months CounterPunch has printed two articles about two different subjects by two different authors, Ben Debney and Louis Proyect, both of whom injected a slur on the religion of Scientology at the end of a sentence in order to emphasize some point they were making on a totally unrelated matter.
My religion, a world movement involving real flesh and blood people, many of whom selflessly give their time to help others, is not a figure of speech. Nor is it an interjection, a simile or a punch line.
Moronic derision is a gateway drug to bigotry.
Reducing hundreds of thousands of sincere individuals to a sneering allusion at the end of a snide put-down is not journalism, nor is it even writing. It’s propaganda, pure and simple. Without bothering to give a basis for their canards, Debney and Proyect smugly assume the reader will agree with their comparison; or if they didn’t before, they will now, because, after all, the reader is privileged to be experiencing “America’s Best Political Newsletter,” as CounterPunch describes itself.
Moronic derision is a gateway drug to bigotry. Debney and Proyect, by their infantile schoolyard antics have demonstrated that they’ve already passed through that gateway, and CounterPunch, to its shame, has provided their bigotry a platform.