Friday, November 04, 2005

Cognitive Dissonance

Antiwar Morons marching

No group better exemplifies the cognitive dissonance on display at the anti-war rallies than Queers for Palestine, also known as QUIT -- Queers Undermining Israeli Terror. What is left to say about the fundamental self-contradicting nature of such a group?

In Israel gays live openly and happily in a free and liberal society.

But in Palestine -- as in most Islamic countries -- being gay is not only frowned upon, it is a crime often punishable by death. In fact, gay youth in Palestine frequently flee to Israel if they can get a chance.

So why in the world would gay activists in the most gay-friendly city on Earth (San Francisco) protest against one of the other centers of gay liberation (Israel) and for one of the planet's most violently oppressive homophobic societies?

This is the essence of cognitive dissonance -- the condition of holding two differing beliefs that are so incompatible and contradictory that the only way to internally reconcile them is to, well, go insane.

In fact, the cognitive dissonance of Queers for Palestine -- marching in support of those who would kill you if they were given the opportunity -- only serves to illuminate the cognitive dissonance of the entire "anti-war movement."

Because the goal of the "War on Terror" is to protect the liberal, free, egalitarian democratic society that we all cherish from the forces of oppression, totalitarianism and Islamic religious fundamentalism. (Excerpts from Zombie)

Thanks to John Lama for the lead to Zombie.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I know that we are made of significantly political stuff and that I can live with. That said what I find disquieting in this and many of your other postings is their vitriolic tone. We would all be far better off with a greater measure of acceptance of, interest in and wonder at what makes us all so different from one another. May I suggest more time spent on more tolerant, constructive ideas and ideas rather than simply berating others.

A friend, though one stressed and challenged by this

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you know I enjoy every one of these.


5:39 PM  

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