For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
— 2 Corinthians 11:19 (KJV)
That phrase from The Bible came to my mind after reading comments here the past few days from people who claim great expertise, but can’t reason themselves out of a paper bag. St. Paul was writing about some “professional evangelizers” that had set up shop in the church at Corinth and were bilking the congregation. I love Andy Gaus’ The Unvarnished New Testament translation. Here’s how he puts it:
After all, you in your wisdom are very good at putting up with fools: you put up with people who enslave you, who eat you out of house and home, who take money from you, who condescend to you, who slap you in the face. I’m ashamed to speak of it; it makes us look anemic.
St. Paul is being sarcastic in calling the Corinthian Christians “wise.”
In modern times Orly Taitz asked supporters to pay her $20,000 court sanction that resulted from her own misconduct. She asks her supporters to pay travel expenses to Hawaii to support frivolous lawsuits with no chance whatever of success. Jerome Corsi inserted him into the Maricopa County Tea Party and incited it to make a nutty presentation to Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Terry Lakin begs for money to make up for his transgressions. Birther web sites are replete with PayPal donate buttons, but offer no accounting for what is done with the money.
The birthers suffer fools gladly and think themselves wise. I think it’s pathetic. I suffer fools here, but not gladly; and I do not think myself wise but rather just barely hanging on, and thankful for that.