Swedish Pastor Beats "Hate Crime" Rap
stcynic at crystalauto.com
Fri Dec 2 09:59:33 PST 2005
Newsom Michael wrote:
>I agree that there is a standard. I just don't find it in the
>Declaration. I find the hypocrisy of Jefferson just too much to
>stomach. I can't take him seriously. And I don't. Sometimes the
>messenger is the message. I'll leave it at that.
I find this highly illogical. Let's say you have Principle X. It is a
principle advocated and accepted by two people, Person A and Person B.
Person A advocates Principle X, but applies it in an inconsistent and
even hypocritical manner. Person B advocates Principle X, but does so
consistently, always putting it into practice whenever reason demands
it. By your reasoning, it seems that you would say that if someone knows
Person A, then Principle X is false, while if someone knows Person B,
then Principle X is true. But that's not logically tenable. Principle X
is either true or false, regardless of whether someone who advocates it
follows it consistently or not, and certainly regardless of whether
someone who's been dead for 180 years followed it consistently or not.
More importantly, as Frank Beckwith pointed out, you cannot make the
argument that failing to follow Principle X consistently is wrong
without first accepting that Principle X is valid.You cannot logically
demand that Principle X be followed consistently unless you, wittingly
or unwittingly, endorse Principle X as true.
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