What is this post about? Silence of Mind left this comment here => https://citizentom.com/2022/11/04/what-we-believe-is-a-choice/#comment-105234, and Ben Berwick started replying in kind. As the chart above shows, name-calling is a useless activity. Therefore, I don’t want name-calling on my blog. I see nothing to be gained by taking sides in such a dispute.
Rhetoric and Radicalism is Ben Berwick‘s reply to Silence of Mind‘s accusations. Like as not Silence of Mind will respond with a post of his own. I don’t know. I just believe name-calling does not serve a useful purpose, and I don’t want to take sides in a dispute I know almost nothing about.
Am I being inconsistent or disloyal to Silence of Mind?
Let’s look at possibility of inconsistency or hypocrisy first. Have I banned people from my blog? Two or three. Have I posted an explanation? Yes.
Have I called people names? Yes. I have called our president a liar, and I have posted refutations of some of his lies.
Take a look at that chart above. Name-calling is becoming what passes for debate in this nation. We are reaching the point where we cannot solve our differences because we are too busy calling each other names. Who is responsible for that? The primary culprit is the Liberal Democratic Party. Whenever we disagree with a Democrat what happens? The Democrat starts calling us a racist, a homophobe, a sexist, an extremist, a Trump supporter, a QAon fanatic, an election denier, and so forth. Thanks to identity politics and all the conspiracy theories that Liberal Democrats won’t let loose of, they have so many names to call Conservative Republicans we cannot keep track of them.
With one exception what Liberal Democrat don’t have a handle on is any of the issues voters care about? What issue is that? Abortion, of course. Democrats are ready to defend the “right” of a woman to murder her child up until the moment of birth and then some.
Instead of debating the issues they care abort, Liberal Democrats are trying to demonize their political opponents. That is, the point of calling Liberal Democrats names is to emphasize the fact they are not discussing the issues. Lying describes what Liberal Democrats are doing, and we call people who lie all the time liars. Therefore, I have described some of the lies Biden has told, and I have called him a liar.
Similarly, what do we call people who rob banks? Bank robbers, of course. And we call people bank robbers after we can prove they have committed the crime. So, yes, there is a place for name calling, but before we call someone a name, we must prove the name fits, and we have a proper occasion for name-calling.
The fact that Democrats will not debate the issues and that Democrats insists upon calling Republicans names instead of debating the issues is why we all need to vote Republican on November 8th.
Am I being disloyal to Silence of Mind? I don’t think so. If Silence of Mind wants to debate Ben Berwick, I am willing to support Silence of Mind‘s defense of Christianity as much as I can. However, I don’t know the history of Silence of Mind‘s and Ben Berwick‘s conflict, and I am in no position to judge between them. Moreover, if they don’t trust each other, the simple solution is for each them to stay off the other’s blog.
Did Silence of Mind see himself as helping me to defend Christian beliefs? Perhaps. I don’t know. However, I think the best way to defend Christian beliefs is to spread the Gospel and to explain what Christians believe, especially with respect to the Bible. Although some Atheists do behave quite poorly, pointing out their bad behavior doesn’t spread the Gospel or explain what Christians believe. Therefore, I don’t want to get sidetracked into that discussion.