No jokes, please, about the hostage situation at the Discovery Channel’s headquarters in Maryland. A nut with a gun is no laughing matter, and we certainly hope everyone gets out of that building unhurt. Even James Jay Lee, the (inevitably three-named) alleged hostage-taker.
What you’ll be hearing a lot about, in the next couple of days, is his manifesto, available here. It is a screed worth reading, both for its loopy, goofy language but also for its underlying thought process. “The demands and sayings of Lee,” as he puts it, call for Discovery and its affiliated networks to stop broadcasting shows about weaponry, and replace them with programming that reveals that the earth is under assault, especially by overpopulation. So far, okay. I’m with you, Lee. And then he demands that we stop overpopulation by declaring a moratorium on human birth. Altogether. A sample:
All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. In those programs’ places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.
You can see pretty easily how this kind of zealotry gets built. A tottering but not completely illogical mind gets hold of some good information, runs it out to its logical end, and then just keeps going. It happens every day now, encouraged by partisan media. Rand Paul spins a laissez-faire attitude to its logical conclusion, and suggests that the Civil Rights Act be dismantled, because it proceeds from the assumption that we do not have a level playing field. On the left, old radicals still say that it was worth blowing up a few buildings to stop a war that was killing thousands. And all over the world, God speaks to all sorts of groups, telling them that they’re personally selected to destroy other groups in order to save everyone else. Educated people with solidly planted psyches can filter this stuff, taking what they know to be true and discarding the rest. But not everyone is so equipped, and that’s where the trouble begins.
I’m curious to see how fast the anti-population, pro-environment, anti-Christian, anti-baby crusade this guy is on gets picked up by right-wing media. “See, this is what happens on the loony left,” those O’Reilly types are likely to say. They will conveniently leave out his vicious anti-immigration stance, I am sure. And we’re back on the same road that feeds the crazies. Too many people may not be the problem; too much airtime to fill, there’s the real culprit.