What Is a Snowflake?
Frankly, I think the use of the term “snowflake”, when it is applied just to younger people, is unfair. Those young folk are just copying some of their intolerant elders. So here is a definition that picks on Liberals.
A term used to describe extremist liberals that get offended by every statement and/or belief that doesn’t exactly match their own. These individuals think they are just as “unique” as snowflakes, when really their feelings are just as fragile.
When I looked into it, I discovered that the use of the term “snowflake” to describe the overly sensitive has been around for awhile.
In Missouri in the early 1860s, a “Snowflake” was a person who was opposed to the abolition of slavery—the implication of the name being that such people valued white people over black people. The Snowflakes hoped slavery would survive the country’s civil war, and were contrasted with two other groups. The Claybanks (whose name came from the colorless color of the local terrestrial clay) wanted a gradual transition out of slavery for slaves, with eventual freedom accompanied by compensation to slave owners; the Charcoals—who were also called Brown Radicals—wanted immediate emancipation and for black people to be able to enlist in the armed forces. (from here)
I suppose it is fitting that the political use of the term “snowflake” is making a comeback when the divisions among us rival those of the American Civil War.
So why am I writing this? What is it about? On Christmas Day I got this comment.
Why does John do that? Well, John really is not trying to prove he is right. He is trying to prove Christians are bad for disagreeing with him. (from here)
Because we are all imperfect, it is far easier to debate the imperfections of our opponents than it is to debate the issues that separate us. Thus, instead of debating the merits of what President Donald Trump is trying to do, Liberal Democrats just attack him.
This sort of behavior is hardly a new problem or just confined to Liberal Democrats or to Atheists. We are all inclined to attack people and shut them up whenever their views differ from our own. As I observed in THE KING IS “I”?, the Athenians made Socrates kill himself because he asked too many awkward questions. When the opinions and beliefs of others differ from our own, it is our nature to be intolerant. Hence, when we are debating people we need to avoid ad hominem attacks.
To Be Continued
Where is this series headed? Not exactly certain, but it will focus upon the problem of debating with Atheists. Why? In recent years our society has divided into two competing groups. One group is determined to secularize our society. The other has grown increasingly concerned that the secularists are just trying to eradicate religious belief in favor of a Socialist State. Unfortunately, there is little constructive dialogue between the two groups.
So here is my initial outline.
- Are all Atheists the same?
- How do militant Atheists mangle constructive debate?
- What is the obligation of Christians when debating Atheists?
- The problem of Pride.