Every so often when reading a draft chapter of my novel at the writers' circle where I belong, I find myself prefacing my reading by saying that some of the most outrageous behaviour and the craziest beliefs really are based upon truth. Yes, I know it sounds far-fetched, but lots of folk in these cults really are just like that.
But perhaps I need not bother. The mainstream has more than its share of stupidity, daftness and nastiness. Maybe I should post one or two links from time to time to mainstream crassness. How about this one, from a Church of England Vicar, in which he describes an incident in church when a young woman was utterly humiliated and embarrassed. Any hint of contrition there? Or apology? Or regret at such a deplorable lapse? No, not at all. Just a jokey style, a smiley and a humour tag. Shame on you, Vic the Vicar. Shame on you.