People who are uncomfortable with truths will ALWAYS fight full acceptance.
This of course has two main effects:
First, they get mad because they don't understand how the world could not be flat, and why you insist - contrary to what you and they can see with the naked eye - that it is in fact spherical.
Second, they piss you off by vigorously defending their position without the benefit of intellectual vigor. (These are the same people that implied that being an intellectual was a bad thing, and that an appetite for anything but iceburg or - dare I say it - Romaine lettuce marks one as an elitist.)
Whether or not they fight full acceptance of truths, pursue definitive yet elusive answers to tough questions, or see the light, is a matter of individual free will. As is of course, whether or not you choose to debate with a telephone pole.
Crazy Like [a] Fox
I happen to have a theory of my own regarding Fox News: Most of Fox News' "reporters" come from people who were rejected after trying out for host of "Blind Date." An alternative theory is that they used to work in construction but got tired of hard labor. Somehow they thought that articulating well-thought out/researched journalistic pieces was their true calling - and sooo much easier.
Just because they say things with enthusiasm does not make them 'journalists.' Those who quote them treat them as prophets whose beliefs are 'mainstream'. For my part, I suggest these folks - the Birthers included - take Fox for what it is; as an Apocryphal version of news. Supplementary, but as yet unproven, broadcast on "the idiot box".
These folks live in denial and often within (the context of) the past. They often seem to want the benefits of functioning within a society that for all its failings, requires thinkers/nerds/intellectuals for its advancement. Instead their response is to opt out of their civic duty to (A) be informed - broadly speaking as well as comprehensively; and (B) reason the choices they make (with myriad reprecussions for them and their fellow citizens) to their full AND logical conclusion.
Take that, you self-appointed arch-coalition (of idiots)
You do NOT speak for me.
If you are a progressive Christian (acquainted with the Kyoto protocol, and conscious of living in the 21 century), or even simply a reasonably conscientious human being, it is your duty to embrace your 'idiot' brother and show him the light, though they live and hide where they are the most comfortable - within the shadows of ignorance.
Were you to ignore him, when he commits some crime against sanity or humanity, you will be responsible for letting him off with the insanity/ignorance defense. Given your proven regard for humanity, truth, justice, etc; that would be frustratingly unacceptable to you - even more so than listening to the Birthers and those similarly deficient in logic vent at the proverbial town hall meeting.
Keep the Faith, throw out the Baptismal water
I am a Christian, and I also believe in using material facts before faith - that is just how my mind works, I suppose. My problem is not with a belief in God, but rather with blind faith in the Bible, and unwavering devotion to its somehow myriad interpretations.
The mini-minds piss the rest of us off by citing ONE pretty old and valuable Book and a plethora of pseudo-intellectuals and intellectuals pandering to idiots; to justify their short-flung and poorly 'thought out' theories. All of these factors they then proceed to muddle with their belief.
Consider this: God (read a higher power) still exists whether or not we embrace that reality. As does global warming, mutually assured destruction (as long as any 2 nations posess nuclear arms) in our current international system, and a wealth care system that depends upon the preponderance of citizens to embrace cultural entitlement and lifestyle over moderation and health.
Tweedle Dee cannot be allowed to communicate with Tweedle Dum ever again!
By choosing the path of least resisistance - made possible by staying within their circle of Truth-sinkers/Herds/Counter-homosexuals on Fox - Birthers and the like have effectively rejected free will, reason and a collectivist conceptualization of the advancement of humanity.
In the context of an undeniably - and I believe irreversibly - interdependant world and by extension, universe; they have invited the anvil of irony to drop - with passion. Not due to globalism - the world has been interdependent since its formation. Globalization only serves to institutionalize interdependence for the sake of commerce and the IMF.
Those in public life who do not embrace holistic intelligence choose instead to be brilliant in certain contexts, and to display complete disregard for the achievements of civilization and its basic tenets. This would simply be aggravating if it were a next door neighbor insisting he knows what he is talking about/ mad about.
Yet, when the audience is millions of Tweedle Dums listening to Gingrich, or Steele et al, it is not just annoying, but outright dangerous. Tweedle Dee cannot be allowed to communicate with Tweedle Dum anymore.
A Final Note: Fox News put it as follows, "...the Van Jones controversy..." Reporters proceeded to solicit THE AUDIENCE'S opinions regarding the hubub via an online poll. They then promptly qualified the poll as "...non-scientific...but it does reflect what you [Fox's audience is] are thinking.")