Studies show that liberals and atheists are unhappier people than conservatives and Christians. Today we find anecdotal evidence that mystifies well-adjusted people who enjoy a good news story. Pope Benedict’s first tweet was met with such derision by liberals in the United States that one wonders if Michael Savage could possibly be right. Could liberalism often be a mental disease requiring sympathy and treatment for those who cling to it like religious fanatics?
I’ll leave that question to our commenter community rather than answer it myself. Instead, I’ll just present the facts of Pope Benedict’s Twitter account for those who want to follow his tweets and understand why all the carping about a good thing.
You can find it here. The Pope’s first tweet was historic for a Catholic Church which has often struggled to keep up with the times. But it was an instant hit with the Catholic community, with his followers rapidly expanding to over 1 million within the first 24 hours.
“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.” Seems rather innocuous yet this first Tweet was responded to with thousands of chortles and ha ha’s from liberals, who psychologists might say need to feel good about themselves by tearing others down.
But it was especially the second Tweet which prompted seething anger that the Pope would join a social media network and dare speak his mind. The Pope simply asked “How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives?”
You can read the silliness of typical liberal reactions covered here and here. My favorite response, because of its instructive nature about liberal minds, was “Mmm, by not raping children and by paying property tax.”
Despite the naysayers, the Pope seems to be getting a handle on things very well. Having already produced seven tweets since yesterday, some might worry that he is getting hooked on social media. The Pope’s fifth tweet is particularly poignant because it seems to get at the heart of atheistic depression:
“We can be certain that a believer is never alone. God is the solid rock upon which we build our lives and his love is always faithful.”
I was curious who the seven followers of the Pope’s Twitter account might be. Other heads of state? An Italian soccer team? Kim Kardashian? But no. They are simply the other seven languages which are broadcasting the Pope’s tweets, one for each language. The English version is @Pontifex, but you can find Twitter accounts for the Pope in German, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, Portuguese, and even Arabic.
For an intellectual discussion of the Pope’s Twitter page from two outstanding liberal thinkers, watch the video below.