A friend notified me that facts attacked this venerable blog. The attack is in the form of the Snopes article Atheist Iceland Issues a Travel Ban Against White Southern Baptists?
This is the second time the fact-checking, hoax-busting site Snopes saw fit to say to the world, This hilarious piece at Laughing in Disbelief is satire.
OK, Snopes doesn’t comment on how funny the post Atheist Iceland Issues A Travel Ban Against White Southern Baptists is. However, they did point out there were several winks to the audience with this subheading A satirical article contains some clues that the claim is false.
Let’s take a look to see what they actually wrote.
Patheos largely focuses on religion and spirituality, but it also has a non-religious section that includes humor pieces. The particular piece was published in the Laughing in Disbelief section and linked to a disclaimer stating that the content was satirical:
Then they quoted the Is this Satire? page I’m sure most of you are acquainted with at this point.
There’s more to the Snopes article, and you can check the piece out here.
Of course, each piece I write has several reveals. The fact that some fellow named Canard is in each tall tale is for those of you with a predilection for GRE level vocabulary words (canard = false story).
I usually don’t write about my critics, but their criticism is usually along the lines of, “You’re fooling all those poor people! WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?”
These little bits I write serve several purposes. I’m a comedian and comics typically hate talking about the nuts and bolts of whatever the hell we do. (I was going to write craft and then realized I’d have to make fun of myself for being a wanker.)
Consider these Poes as skeptical inoculations primarily aimed at atheists. Hopefully, those fooled will learn valuable lessons: Read the entire article — don’t skim. Click the links. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
And remember this famous quote…
Confirmation bias is a hell of a drug. – Rick James
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