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Save Our Land, Join The Klan

Yup. That’s the message attached to bags of candy being thrown into yards in Abbeville, South Carolina, these days. It seems the Ku Klux Klan is trying to recruit kids and, golly gee, we ought to do something about it! That is, after we go out dancing the Charleston tonight and then after we vote for Herbert Hoover for president tomorrow morning.

Jeez, have we been transported back to the year 1932 while we slept?

A chap named Charles Murray IDs himself as “the Imperial Wizard of the New Empire Knights” of Abbeville. The group, Murray has written, is to “build a legit pro-white organization and become the voice of White America.”

Al Jazeera America tells the tale of this regressive, antediluvian, retro-in-the-worst-possible-way development.

Here’s a pic of a recent cross-buring I found on the New Empire Knights website:

KKK

Campfire Boys

The site also carries news like the “fake” cross-burning a “Negro” pastor in Tennessee staged in front of his church not long ago. The author of the post, presumably the Imperial Wizard Murray himself, writes:

Negroes and Jews are known to hoax hate crimes daily. The Jewish Defense League for example, would bomb synagogues.

Betcha didn’t know that.

Bet you also didn’t know that, acc’d’g to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a lot of guys start klaverns (KKK-speak for local groups) as a way to make a living — as in, they don’t want to do something as prosaic as work, so they crank up a new group of cranks and then live off the monthly dues.

Hey, it’s a tough job market out there.

Evil By Degrees?

I’m asking for help from female Pencillistas again. I’ve been trying to understand how women feel about rape. Oh sure, that’s easy; they hate it. I don’t mean that, though. I mean what are the nuances, is there any moral relativism re: rape, and can men ever “get it” about the crime? While we’re at it, let’s get Pencil-loving lads to pitch in as well — but I’m really more interested in Double X feedback here.

Please answer this Q: Are some rapes less, well, rape-y than others? That is, does date rape, for instance, constitute less of a violation of a woman’s body and mind than rape at gunpoint or knifepoint?

I bring this up because an erstwhile hero of the secular, progressive gang (me, me, me!) has recently found himself in very hot — perhaps boiling — water for suggesting such a thing. Richard Dawkins, the planet’s premier spokesguy for evolution and non-theism, has Tweeted the following thought:

Dawkins Tweet

Got that? Okay, Dawkins then wrote:

Dawkins Tweet

Let’s put aside the pedophilia bit just now and concentrate on rape. That Dawkins observation stirred an Australian woman named Eleanor Robertson to pen a guest column in The Guardian asking, “Richard Dawkins, What On Earth Happened To You?”

She suggests Dawkins should have “retired from public speech when he had the chance to bow out before embarrassing himself.” She goes on to rip Dawkins as a “figure of mockery,” “an old man who shouts at clouds,” an Islamophobe, arrogant, bigoted, and narrow-minded. What she doesn’t do is explain why his statement is offensive to her.

She hints, of course, that women know instinctively why. Sadly, I wasn’t born with the proper genes so I need help getting this.

Ergo, I’m going to run two polls here, one for women and the other for men. If you count yourself a Q in the LGBTQ equation, fill out both polls. Here you go:

As always, feel free to explain yourself in the comments section. Now, make us all smarter.

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