meaning = situation normal--all prejudices firmly in place
OK, disclaimer time:
1. I am not a Notre Dame fan. Period. I know, I know, Catholicism, God, Country, Notre Dame, Father Hesburgh, Touchdown Jesus, blah blah blah. No.
2. I get tired of playing the #lastacceptableprejudice tag all the time.
3. I bet other people are tired of me playing that card! :/
That being said....
Isn't it about time we get beyond the notion that the only two groups you can still make fun of in this country are:
I do not recommend a string of anti-Mormon jokes to even the playing field. It's just wrong and in poor taste, and quite frankly Gee should know better.
This is the sort of situation that the Church's utter bungling of the clergy sexual abuse scandals has undercut. I.e., in light of the "Long Lent of 2002"--now over a decade ago--it seems as if the Church, and, in this case, just "Catholics" generally and perhaps the clergy specifically must sit here and take this sort of joking from the likes of academic power brokers like Gee.
Is this really "dialogue"? Instead of running an part-time defense of the Obama administration, why can't somebody like E. J. Dionne, Jr. or the editors of America or Commonweal tackle this sort of callousness? Must every defense of the Church be left to the Catholic League and the Cardinal Newman Society? Gee's prominence among the elite academic administrators should give _any_ Catholic, but especially those who think/argue that a closer, warmer, "inculturated" embrace of American life comes consequence-free. Folks, the other side still doesn't always play fair.
(Although it might be more accurate to say "other sides")
Update: Yahoo! sports writer Dan Wetzel traces Gee's success as a university fundraiser...and NCAA reformer. Money line:
There is nothing noble or enlightened or moral or dignified about
these people. They're just desperate, look-at-me fundraisers who, when
not saying or doing ridiculous things, claim they and they alone know
what's best for all.
That's always the most offensive part here.
Yeah, that pretty much nails it.
Revised: Terry Mattingly at get religion examines the issue and sees it less threatening.