The Quintessence of Dumbshitia

Number 5 in a continuing thread

There’s a load of dumb shit going around, but you already knew that. This series of posts is about dumb shit. In fact, it’s about the quintessence of dumb shit, explicitly, the quintessence of Dumbshitia, whence comes all dumb shit. This piece of dumb shit comes from Israel:

Lawmaker Yinon Azoulay (Shas) said Wednesday that Reform Jews “are not Jews” and blamed the minor quakes in the GalileeWednesday morning on the lobby to build an egalitarian prayer space in the Western Wall.

Speaking at a Knesset debate on the contested mixed-gender prayer space in the Western Wall, Azoulay said: “Today we heard there was some kind of earthquake, maybe we should do some soul-searching that this earthquake was because someone is trying to touch that which is sacred to us? Hear our pain, they are not Jews.”

Let’s hear that again: “Today we heard there was some kind of earthquake, maybe we should do some soul-searching that this earthquake was because someone is trying to touch that which is sacred to us? Hear our pain, they are not Jews.” Not Jews? He’s speaking of reform Jews here. My interpretation: he’s blaming a small earthquake on Jews he considers not to be pure Jews.

Yes you heard it. Reform Jews, whatever they are doing, may have caused an earthquake. We might  wonder how that works. We may wonder in perpetuity.

Listen, dude, earthquakes are generally caused by the unsettled interior of this planet. Masses of plasticized material churn, shifting the overlaying crust. This puts the crust into mechanical stress, and from time to time the crustal plates rupture, with adjacent plates moving with respect to each other. The energy released represents built up strain energy, and movement is sudden and often  violent. People walking around and saying stuff does not cause earthquakes.

The headline for the above news item calls Mr. Azoulay “ultra-orthodox.” I’m taking from that he must be one of those who also believe the Earth is a little over 6000 years old. In that case, any statements regarding people talking and doing minor things (no a-bomb blasts) can cause an earthquake is the quintessence of Dumbshitia.

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