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Friday, December 15, 2006

Final lap

[This post has been edited time and again.—MB]

And the score is:

SpunkyHomeSchool 5437 4599
This Humble Blog 5404 5139

I think the stakes are clear.  And why is SpunkyHomeSchool, a defunct blog, matching us stride for stride?  Because, friends, a “meme” has gone around the Internets.  It can be found on dozens of Christian blogs and websites, and it looks something like this:

This has really and truly come down to a battle of Christian ideals versus Secular ideals, Godly values versus Godless values. As reported on the ever-fantastic blog The Rebelution, “Michael Bérubé recently commented… ‘The important thing is that...I crush the homeschoolers.’ ”

Well, of course that quote was taken drastically out of context.  What I actually said, of course, was

the important thing is that IvyGate and I crush the homeschoolers.

Things have apparently gotten so bad that some Spunky-friendly sites won’t even mention IvyGate, which one of them refers to as “an Ivy League College gossip and s*x blog.” (I hope someone will explain that to me in comments.  I don’t see what IvyGate has to do with sox.)

But with regard to the big picture, of course, they’re right:  this is basically a battle between Good and Evil.  And I implore you, dear readers, not to let Good win!

To do aught good never will be our task,
But ever to do ill our sole delight,
As being the contrary to his high will
Whom we resist.  If then his providence
Out of our evil seek to bring forth good,
Our labor must be to pervert that end,
And out of good still to find means of evil;
Which ofttimes may succeed, so as perhaps
Shall grieve him, if I fail not, and disturb
His inmost counsels from their destined aim.

And what if we be down a few votes right now?  Remember, th’ascent is easy then!

I thank you, and Secular Ideals® thanks you.


Updated update about those illegal votes tagged by Wizbang (967 for Spunky, 480 for me, 58 for IvyGate):  you know, I was kinda having fun with this Weblog Awards thing until now.  But you know what would be really cool if all three blogs were disqualified or chastised or publicly shamed or something for having overeager and unprincipled supporters?  That would put A Shrewdness of Apes in first place, and she’s not a Christian homeschooler or an Ivy League gossip-and-s*x maniac or a smug annoying liberal elitist college professor.  She’s “an anonymous American public high school teacher, guitar goddess, black belt, softball jockette, working mom, exhausted wife, dutiful daughter, bibliophile, autodidact, and terrible housekeeper.” Really!  She says so herself!  And her fine blog is actually about education! So get out there and vote for A Shrewdness of Apes, everyone!

Posted by Michael on 12/15 at 12:26 PM
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