A little while ago, one such message came in — anonymously, natch, as per usual with hate mail — that said the following, in all caps, bold, and 36-point typeface:
Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM
Subject: Notre Dame
GO AFTER THE PRIESTS AND NUNS WHO ARE STILL F***ING YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS BEFORE YOU GO AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA. CLEAN YOUR OWN HOUSE FIRST
My first thought upon seeing this was how astonishingly fast our unnamed correspondent managed to prove Anderson’s Corollary to Godwin’s Law (also known as the reductio ad pedophilium):
“It would go something like this: ‘As a debate involving the Catholic Church (either a discussion about the Church specifically, or a discussion in which the Church is taking a position) grows longer, the probability of someone mentioning the sex scandal approaches one.’
“And then there’s its corollary: ‘Once such reference to the Scandal is made, whoever mentioned the Scandal has automatically “lost” whatever debate was in progress…’”
I also pointed out to this person that if he has knowledge of any child rapists currently being protected by a church, he'd better call the police immediately and report it.