Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won’t mistake for the real thing.
Now, sadly, I am often the one whose print sarcasm meter is maladjusted, and so it sometimes takes me a minute to get the jokes. “AGH–oh, hah!” that’s me. As you can imagine, a site like Christwire would be a good place to keep Pam away from, with ropes and duct tape if necessary. And even worse, I get the feeling (yeah, I slipped my bonds) that the commenters are somewhat divided between parodic and serious. “People can really think this sort of shit up?” goes through my mind, with a sort of horrified reverence if it’s parodic, and with plain horror if they sound serious, and a small prayer that it’s not serious. There are people with worse-functioning parody detectors than mine.
That’s why there’s Poe’s corollary:
It is impossible for an act of Fundamentalism to be made that someone won’t mistake for a parody.
So, the WTF-ery level here has me going @_@ : what’s a poor gullible girl to think? Harry Potter and yoga?