Originally Posted by Mumbo Jumbo
Watching you put on your grown-up, sombre face to defend Decent Argument is funny.
You're the guy who started this classic
and many, many more like it. You're the guy who started a thread arguing that Democrats were mentally ill. And dozens of other equally sour and provocative posts and threads, basically designed to piss people off.
I'm not taking any fucking lessons in rhetoric from you. No matter how grave your face is all of a sudden.
Hypocrisy, maybe. Rhetoric, no.
It is a classic thread. That is absolutely true and the fact that you work tirelessly to personify it makes it even more classic.
MJ, do you not consider it mentally ill when a person speaks for a mob and they are the only member? Do you not consider it mentally ill when they allege mob tactics and actions of others when no evidence exists?
See I do and perhaps that is the difference. The alleged mob, their language use and rationales are just transparent and sort of sad.
Originally Posted by BR
I don't hate Rapunzel. I don't hate the Tooth Fairy. I don't hate Zeus. I don't hate Christ. There's nothing hateful about calling fiction, fiction. It's time we simply stop coddling adults and letting their imaginary friends rule many of the laws this society implements.
You are free to believe whatever wacky, wild shit you want. You aren't free from being laughed at as a result. If we had people here espousing homeopathy, I'd be railing against that pseudoscientific nonsense as well. We just don't. We happen to have an abundance of cultist nutcases on this board.
Why rail against it? Shouldn't a belief system stand or fail on it's own?
See this is where words have to mean something. You claim tolerance yet rail against has a meaning.
rail against: To attack with harsh, often insulting language: abuse, assail, revile, vituperate.
It's a verb. Your own words reveal your own actions. You don't let people believe as they want and you believe as you want. You claim the verb tolerance but practice hate. That is insane reasoning.
People can submit laws, rules and actions for this society and they don't NEED your approval for their motivations or intentions. If someone believes all people are equal under law because God said so or because a philosopher thinks so, they both have the same standing. You declare one invalid. In addition declare it your right to abuse them and on top of it, declare it not acceptable that they participate in society. You declare their participation to be "coddling" and declare they ought not be allowed to participate in the creation of the laws that govern us.
That is a scary and authoritarian sentiment and given the abuse with which you apply it, the outcome is frightening.