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‘Deep’ thoughts

A dubious honor to win, we'll admit.

Gazette staff February 23rd, 2011

It’s not every day CFN’s World Headquarters receives a press release in all-caps, blood-red letters with the words “NOTIFICATION OF SPECIAL AWARD” screaming in a medieval Gothic font.

(And how did we know it was a press release? Well, those two words were scrawled across the top with a squiggly line underneath for dramatic emphasis. We’re not certain who sent the release, but it was signed “The Children of the Enlightenment in Oklahoma.”)

At first, we wondered if were nominated for another Joseph Goebbels Propaganda Award for Sodomy by Charlie Meadows, founder of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee. But, alas, that was not the case. All three pages of the release were identical letters individually addressed to state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, and Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, announcing that the legislators were awarded the “esteemed 2011 ‘Deep Thinker’s’ prize.”

“This award represents the latest in scientific technology for protection against the government’s well-known, dangerous thought-control rays,” according to the press release, which added that the lawmakers should constantly wear protective headgear “to ensure that you may continue to serve the people of Oklahoma at the highest levels.”

(That’s all well and good, but will that protect them from the lobbyists?) What else do we know about “The Children of the Enlightenment in Oklahoma” organization? Not much, except they describe themselves as “representing the legions of free thinkers around the world, fighting to maintain the tools of liberation from blind dogma for over 500 years.” Wonder if they know the Knights Templar.

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