Chris has nothing to worry about. These people are on the same level as "Anonymous" (the people who joke constantly about pedophilia, minorities, etc.), in that Anonymous took over their site a couple of years ago. It was once a haven for those of us who wanted to see all sides of an issue, or at least that's the way I saw it when I was 16. Please note it was very different around the 2004 elections, a great place for politics and such (since I was still interested in that sort of thing). I just wanted to point out exactly what I expected to find (these people are so damn predictable. I usually make comments pointing out how dull and backwards everyone there is. I'm not trying to give them a voice on my blog, just showing how open-minded we are compared to your basic internet slime. The backlash is mainly because most of these people are "liberals", though not really, they're like my dad, they just want to fit in with the Socialist crowd so they say they're liberal while practicing conservative politics. Some of them are probably Masons as well, I wouldn't be surprised with how obsessed they are with being "anti-conspiracy") This stuff makes me laugh, for a different reason than they probably want:
cue the twilight zone music.
I think that guy's tin foil hat wears a tin foil hat.
Full blown, stark, raving mad.
I do agree that Obama's grandfather looks like Gus Grissom. I mean a LOT.
As in "that may actually BE Gus in the photo" a lot.
But the Freemason crap is stupid.
(*sigh* why can't people put two and two together?)
A raving loon, yet he has a couple of legitimately published books, albeit missives about pop culture media.
What a waste of bandwidth.
As a 32nd degree Mason, I have to ask him if Xenu is coming next...
And there you have it. Masons on the internet (and brainwashed drones) are pretty much the only people saying "this is all bullshit".
Just thought that was weird, since I visit that site every day to search for news stories, and seeing Chris's site on there seemed out of place and I knew it wasn't going to be received well by the Fark hivemind.
Now, if my site got linked, you can bet I'd be in the comments defending my views. I'm thinking about defending Chris in the comments for his story that got linked, but I'm not sure he'd be comfortable with that (and since debating with these people is absolutely pointless). The people making the least-inflammatory comments are the people who have been on there longer than I've been there, and I'm surprised they're still there considering the quality of the site has gone straight down the toilet.
Update: Checking back on the Fark site, it looks like Loren Coleman's Twilight Language made the front page as well. They linked to this story.
Another Mason commenter posted on Chris's article:
I know, we're so secretive about being Masons that don't do things like get masonic ink, wear masonic ringg and hats, put stickers and emblems on our vehicles, etc. We're proud of being Masons and show it as often as prudent.
And my response:
Yeah, that keeps you out of trouble with the law because all the cops are freemasons too and you're under a blood oath to help eachother (but no one else). No one knows the symbols of a freemason besides other freemasons so you're not "advertising" it at all.
I've never had an opportunity to talk to a mason, but you seem to talk to us non-masons a lot, and any sort of conspiracy stuff you just shrug off like there's nothing strange that happens in the world, even though your whole ideology revolves around symbolism and ritual. You are the reason there are so many people in the dark about everything.
I apologize for buying in to anger, I'm probably not going to that site anymore anyway.