Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The Satanic Manual of Style

WorldNetDaily reports that Europe's few surviving Christians are facing a new and dreadful form of persecution:

A new grammar rule devised by the European Union in Brussels stipulates the word "Christ" shall be spelled with a lowercase "c"....The EU changes become mandatory next August. There are no penalties set out for those who insist on continuing to spell Christ with a capital "C."
This is typical criminal-coddling from the EU's liberal/socialist cabal; they've always been against capital punishment.

What's behind this fearsome new wave of anti-Christian bigotry? The answer is simple enough:
Many Europeans have long discarded belief in God and in fact believe more deeply in ghosts than in a deity....26 percent believe in UFOs, 19 percent in reincarnation and 4 percent in the Loch Ness Monster, Ananova reported.
For shame! Still, I can't help noticing that even in the God-fearin' virtual pages of WorldNetDaily, UFOs and the Loch Ness Monster each get three capital letters, while Christ and God get only one.

The obvious solution is to demand a new orthography specifying that these Holy Names must invariably be printed in all caps. I also think that anti-religious organizations and people should have their capital letters taken away. And if the aclu has a problem with that, too bad!

As you may have guessed, the WND story is a pack of lies concocted for the de-edification of the pathologically gullible. According to this article from the Netherlands:
"Linde van den Bosch veegde enkele interpretaties in de media als onjuist van tafel. "Het is niet zo dat Christus voortaan met een kleine letter wordt geschreven als de "heilige persoon" wordt bedoeld."
Roughly translated, this says "Linde van den Bosch swept some media interpretations off the table. "It's not true that Christ must be spelled with a lowercase letter when it refers to the "holy person."

At the risk of shattering your faith in the essential decency of the blogosphere, I'm obliged to report that the right-wing blogs don't seem to be going out of their way to fact-check this story. It's almost as though elaborate outward displays of religiosity take on a disproportionate importance among people who lack inner moral conviction.

While I'm on this subject, I should mention that there are no capital letters in Biblical Hebrew, nor in Biblical Greek. In fact, unless I'm mistaken, Greek didn't acquire a second case 'til about seven centuries after Christ. Perhaps we should burn Codex B as blasphemous.


Anonymous said...

It was Charlemagne and his scriptoria who invented capital letters ("Carolinian majuscule" and "miniscule") before that, the disinction was made only between written text and carved text. (On Capitals, you see.)

(Yes, I spent a summer cataloguing medieval manuscripts.)

Oh, and German (and I believe Dutch) capitalizes ALL nouns, so what's a poor Xtian to do?

(the traditional usage is to stetch the word out, so you tend to see G o t t and J e s u and unser H e r r in lots of places.

Phila said...

Thanks, pbg! Always happy to learn something new. This is one of those comments that reminds me what I love about blogs.

charley said...

in the words of my dearly departed father.


of course my favorite was when he called his ride buddy a God damned Pelican.

i'm pretty sure, by the way he said it, Pelican is to be capitalized.