Definitions worthy of "The Devil’s Dictionary"

In a moment of inspiration worthy of Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary, blogger The Sixth International offers new definitions of persecution and witnessing.

Bierce wrote: Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.”

Sixth International writes:

  • Persecution: a professor of religious studies characterising ‘intelligent design’ creationism as mythology rather than science and, in an email to a private listserv, saying something mildly rude about fundamentalists.
  • Witnessing for Christ: beating the professor in question to the point of hospitalisation.

That recalls a statement by a young man who had escorted his rape-victim girlfriend to an abortion clinic: Sidewalk counselling means spitting on us and hitting us with the butt ends of their signs.”

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