Saturday, 11 June 2016

Would that be Atheist Ireland or Pegida? (or the LBJ approach to getting ahead)

Following on from my last blog, where I pointed out a pattern emerging where Atheist Ireland was increasingly being associated a violent rhetoric, it was pointed out to me that it was not Atheist Ireland who were the instigators of the violence in these tweets, but Pegida and that Atheist Ireland were the uninterested/uncaring bystanders to this violence (as if this makes this better somehow).

But that analysis will only stand if a distinction is being made between Atheist Ireland and Pegida. Is it? 

Is it heck as like.

Let me leave you with a story that most of you will already have heard. 

"“This is one of the oldest and most effective tricks in politics. Every hack in the business has used it in times of trouble, and it has even been elevated to the level of political mythology in a story about one of Lyndon Johnson’s early campaigns in Texas.
“The race was close and Johnson was getting worried. Finally he told his campaign manager to start a massive rumour campaign about his opponent's life-long habit of enjoying carnal knowledge of his barnyard sows.
“Christ, we can’t get away with calling him a pig-f****r,” the campaign manager protested. “Nobody’s going to believe a thing like that.”
“I know,” Johnson replied. “But let’s make the sonofab****h deny it.”

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