Unfortunately, Twitter is a place where ignorance and bigotry can thrive. Fortunately, it is also a place where ignorance and bigotry can get beautifully shut down by smart people who are good with words. So good luck, trolls.
On Monday, a probably-satirical, now-suspended account named "cuckpatroller" tweeted these photos of what he claimed were students at an American middle school being "forced" in to Muslim prayer:
"AMERICAN MIDDLE-SCHOOLS CAUGHT FORCING STUDENTS TO DO MUSLIM PRAYERS 5 TIMES A DAY. TIME 2 REVOKE FUNDING! RT!!" he wrote. This tweet is so ignorant it seems like satire. Sadly, it could just as easily be a real tweet from a Trump supporter.
Either way, of course there were people on Twitter willing to buy it. Like this guy:
"This is what decades of rejecting Jesus Christ has done to this nation the children are worshiping Satan," he wrote.
This is so dumb you almost want to feel sorry for him. But not so much that you can't enjoy this perfect moment of enlightenment and Twitter-justice:
"It's a tornado drill," explained good samaritan Rob Dale. To his credit, "Bobbyhead" immediately apologized: "Next time I'll research before sending, sorry," he wrote. To which "fakelawn" had the perfect response: "Next time you should research before voting, too."
This epic, glorious clapback was captured by comedian Ari Scott, who captioned it "when Twitter is good." It's now going viral:
And the good, informed folks of Twitter can't stop schooling these "unhinged men":
Some people think the initial tweet by "cuckpatroller" was satire. The account has since been suspended so we can't be sure.
If I were "bobbyhead" or anyone else who fell for the idea that American middle schools are "forcing students to do Muslim prayers," I think I'd take some time off Twitter and take a long look at the man in the mirror (and maybe do some reading up on Islam?). It's time to make a change.