Should Pro-Lifers be Snarky? (with Dank Pro-Life Memes)

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Josh and Rachel interview Elijah Thompson from Dank Pro-Life Memes to compare and contrast his messaging with ERI’s. Topics include the potential value of snark, whether it’s possible to make memes that aren’t strawmen, whether Dank Pro-Life Memes feeds people’s vice, and Elijah even responds to a question from a pro-choice follower who is critical of Dank Pro-Life Meme’s work.

  • 00:00: Introducing Elijah Thomson.
  • 2:52: The history and goals of Dank Pro-Life Memes.
  • 7:06: How mocking and snark affects DPLM’s goals
  • 18:38: Can a meme be made that isn’t a strawman argument?
  • 25:49: The time and place for snark.
  • 33:01: Elijah responds to a critic of Dank Pro-Life Memes.
  • 43:19: Are you feeding people’s vice by mocking stupid arguments?
  • 59:07: Renee asks “Why don’t you call out bad pro-lifers more?”
  • 1:06:01: On that burning IVF lab…

Let’s Talk About Disagreeing With Each Other

Let’s talk about having disagreements for a second. Disagreements about topics that make you so angry you feel like your passion could start a fire, or give you a heart attack. The ones that break your heart, that keep you up at night. Issues that have personally touched people you know, maybe the ones closest to you. The ones you lose friendships over, have broken ties, and burned bridges over.

Estimated reading time: 5.5 minutes.

Nicole Hocott at the March for Life in the nation’s capital.

Everything I say in this blog post is going to be based on this assumption: If you’re reading this, then you truly care about these issues and want other people to care as well. You want the best for those you disagree with in the following way: You want them to see your side because you believe it’s the truth. If you don’t care about convincing others of the truth, well, you should. But I won’t touch on that right now.

We all have certain topics that make our blood boil. In this post, I want to consider what our response should be to these. Let’s take a minute and step outside of any specific disagreement to look at disagreements in general. Let’s look at a few different options.