January 06, 2006
We don't need no stinkin' reason!
Just as there is no way to debate with an anarchist about things like property, technology, crime, or punishment, there is no way to debate someone like Pat Robertson over what he deems to be God's "decision" to target an overweight 77 year-old with a stroke. You can offer logical arguments till you're blue in the face, but it means absolutely nothing. Same thing with anarchists. I remember seeing one beaming young thing who'd not only managed to get himself arrested for throwing a brick through a small storeowner's window, but did it all in front of a TV camera and a news crew!
When asked why he did it, his smile spread, until it was from ear to ear.
"NO REASON!" he said triumphantly.
I'm sure this young man was an atheist, but the way he said it, it was clear to me that in his mind there was something magical about not having a reason. He didn't need a reason, and in his view, the people who wanted to know the reason, why, they were all part of the problem! And he was enlightening them. To him, it was a self evident truth that not only is no reason needed to throw a brick through a window, but the act itself supplies the reason.
Reason is wrong.
Declaring that God gave someone a stroke is about as logical. No reason is needed. No debate is possible. (Something in the Bible, of course, can be found and then interpreted as supporting almost any proposition imaginable.)
Is there any way to debate things that are undebatable with people who deliberately keep themselves beyond reason?
I hate to reduce myself to their level. But if someone offers an argument which is not logical, how does that impose a duty to answer with a logical argument?
I think Scrapple Face does a better job in his interpretation of Robertson's remarks:
"God disciplines American Christians for their willful ignorance of the Scriptures by having me embarrass them every 60 days or so with another ridiculous remark."God's discipline is a tough job, but someone has to do it.
When will he get around to disciplining the anarchists?
posted by Eric on 01.06.06 at 08:31 AM
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