15 hours ago
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Update on Nextdoor
So I still check in with Next Door from time to time -- you know, just in case scary black people are jogging in my neighborhood, or a strange guy with a big truck is caught digging up people's yards under the spurious claim that he's from the gas company (you can't be too careful these days!).
Anyway, over the past two weeks, my Next Door has been on fire.
What happened was one of my neighbors put out a request -- did anyone know of a good Christian dentist she could make an appointment with?
An actual dentist replied, wondering why the religion of the dentist mattered. Surely, he said, the skill of the dentist in fixing teeth should be her first concern.
About 9000 people piled on him, attacking him for being "too PC" and for "hating Jesus." Others sent little prayers. Others applauded the original poster for being so "brave" and for "standing up for Our Lord." A very long comment offered to give the objecting dentist a "history lesson" on how this Great Nation had been founded as a Christian Nation.
The dentist replied with his own history lesson, discussing the origins of that "Christian Nation" myth, and adding he knew far too many terrible dentists in the Fort to think religion made you competent.
9000 more comments from furious Evangelicals followed.
Today I got a notice that even more comments were on the thread.
I'm not sure this is an improvement over the racist paranoia posts.