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August 27, 2007

Fighting dirty

Two recent examples show just how low the culture of rage and disrespect (one tenet of which is "If you dare to disagree with me, no treatment is too bad for you OR your family!") has brought us.

1. From the article Kim just posted about Dr. J. Michael Bailey and his research on transgendered women:

Dr. Conway, the computer scientist, kept a running chronicle of the accusations against Dr. Bailey on her Web site. Any Google search of Dr. Bailey’s name brought up Dr. Conway’s site near the top of the list.

The site also included a link to the Web page of another critic of Dr. Bailey’s book, Andrea James, a Los Angeles-based transgender advocate and consultant. Ms. James downloaded images from Dr. Bailey’s Web site of his children, taken when they were in middle and elementary school, and posted them on her own site, with sexually explicit captions that she provided. (Dr. Bailey is a divorced father of two.) Ms. James said in an e-mail message that Dr. Bailey’s work exploited vulnerable people, especially children, and that her response echoed his disrespect.

2. From Leslie Carbone's blog:

Political consultant Joe Stanley . . . has admitted that he bought the domain name olddominionblogalliance[dot]com--do NOT go there--and redirected it to the Web site of an organization that promotes child molestation. . . .

How does Mr. Stanley defend this defamation? Here's what he wrote to Jim Riley of Virginia Virtucon:
 

I pointed the domain to N----A for specific reasons. N----A is an organization that advocates a set of beliefs that turn my stomach. Through misinformation, prevarication, and a false sense of earnestness, they pursue a predatory agenda that brings direct harm to countless innocent individuals. Their primary defense is the first amendment.

It is my opinion that the [conservative blogging organization] ODBA conducts itself in much the same way. While the end product is far less repugnant than pedophilia, no fewer individuals are hurt by the organization.

 
 

Is this the tolerance the 21st century preens itself on? Scientists and politicians acting like a bunch of Mafiosi?

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Kim Moreland

Thanks for posting more about this ugly situation and dirty tactics. This type of filthy and unprofessional behavior shouldn't surprise me anymore--however...

Dan Knight

"If you dare to disagree with me, no treatment is too bad for you OR your family!")
This type of behavior doesn't surprise me from the world;
What saddens me is when it is encountered (albeit to a lessor severity) from those claiming to be within the Body of Christ, esp. those in church leadership roles.
I'm all for strong - and if necessary, forceful - leadership on issues of willful sinful behaviour or essential theological disagreements; But when it comes down to disagreements over style of music &/or programming, to excommunicate someone (as has happened to me) is simply a form of spiritual abuse.
I wish I could say mine is a rare and isolated event, however, I suspect it is no more rare than the events noted above for their respective sub-cultures. The difference is the Christian/Church sub-culture is called to a higher standard.

Paul

I have often heard the sentiment "Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth simply leads to a blind, toothless society." The point of the "Eye for an eye" law was to put an end to retributive, vindictive, escalatory acts, such as the above.

In these cases above we become indignant because the punishment does not fit the crime. We are simply watching people fight and get even based on "You did me wrong. Because you did this I felt really bad. I am going to make you feel as bad as I feel."

The problem with this is that there is no perspective. Emotions have engaged and reason has vanished. Because there is no perspective and people are simply reacting, the act thought by one as "appropriate punishment" (which, frankly, it usually isn't) is viewed and experienced as "revenge" (which it usually is).

Though we don't like to admit it, our culture (and perhaps humanity) really likes revenge and getting even.

You may recall that scene in "The Untouchables," when Sean Connery explains to Kevin Costner, "They bring a knife, you bring a gun, they put one of yours in the hospital, you put one of their's in the morgue."

And they were the "good guys."

We live in a "win at all costs" society. The only answer for it is "Love thy enemy." (And then actually doing it.)

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