In the old days I used to think that only the adherents of the more established ideologies could laugh at themselves. Communists and Catholics seemed to have skins thick enough to handle this whereas the evangelical, fundamentalists, radical feminists, Maoists and Trotskyists couldn’t see the joke.
Nowadays I don’t know. Communists have all but disappeared. In my experience atheists will laugh along at their own expense, but I am not sure about Catholics. Things seem beyond laughing matters in their organisation.
1: The Rev. Barbie: A creation Rev. Julie Blake Fisher, an Episcopal priest in Kent, Ohio. She comes with a complete wardrobe, etc. I am sure many relgious people will be offended just by the idea of a women being ordained – let alone the doll. See Under God: The Rev. Barbie , The Genius of the Rev. Julie Blake Fisher and Barbie gets ordained, and has the smells-and-bells wardrobe to match.
2: Atheist Barbie: Not to be outdone Jen McCreight at Blag Hag has produced the Atheist Barbie. This seems to have been well received by the godless who can’t wait to see the Atheist Ken. And, in good humour, they have suggested their own recipes for barbecuing babies. Mind you some seemed to want the orgies kept secret – worried now that the gender composition of the atheist community may change for the worse. See Atheist Barbie and Godless dolls, especially the comments.
(I attended the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne a few weeks back and can confirm that many of the women were wearing geeky pro-science T-shirts, carrying godless reading material and had mobile devices and laptops as accessories)
3: New International Road sign: This one doesn’t need any comment or explanation. Our laughs are rather bitter. One just can’t help sympathising with the kids.