“Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law (of God) and judges it.” James: 4 :11.
It seems to me that most of the people who blog or comment on various political and social issues on the internet violate this rule on a daily basis. The rule there appears to be “fire every possible insult at anyone who dares to disagree with your ideas.”
These sections are filled with people calling each other fools, stupid, ignorant, rednecks, un-American, Nazis, and especially “racists.” There is a T-shirt on the market by some of the Tea Party people that says, “It does not matter what I say, you are going to call me racist anyway.”
And to make it worse, they fill their comments with every kind of profanity. As someone said:. “They would make a sailor blush.”
These insults and slanders come from both sides of the political spectrum, and they equally violate this important teaching from St. James. It is because each side is convinced that they are absolutely correct and only someone with these unpleasant characteristics would dare disagree. I have long believed that there are two ways to debate any subject. If you have good points in support of your position, you state your position and present your points of argument. If you cannot support your positions and are losing out to a well-informed opponent, you attempt to discredit him with profanity and insults. Thus, when I read these kinds of abuses, I am convinced that the writers have no real proof of their positions, and are determined to force their ideas on others in order to avoid admitting their errors.
It is as if they are saying “I am never wrong and only a fool like you would dare question my words.”
What they are actually doing is proving their total failure to present a valid argument. This is the ultimate definition of the word Arrogance from Merriam and Webster’s dictionary “an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.”
It is a shame really, that we finally have a resource that allows all of us to exercise our right of free speech, only to have people of this kind engage in such arrogant, profane and abusive language. They do not shame their victims; they shame themselves. They remind me of a sign I saw on an office wall once. “Those of you who think you know it all are a nuisance to us that do.”
God has an answer to this kind of abuse. This quote from Proverbs 3:34 says it well: “He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.”
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His website can be accessed at http://www.frankgaillispie.com/gillispieonline.
Frank I have to hand it to you for hitting the nail on the head so to speak.
I may have been guilty of seeming that way to some myself .
I have always welcomed an open honest debate . We need to be able to discuss things intellectually with one another .
Even the things that are hard for us to talk about . We still need to remain civil to one another while doing so .
I learned along time ago ,when you think you know everything you have closed your mind to a world of knowledge and wonder.
In my youth I remember and older gentlemen who once said to me ,Son you can learn something from everybody regardless of what walk of life they come from . If you don't prejudge people by the way they look or talk or dress or how much money they have etc. etc ,if you are willing to listen.
That was way before everybody was blogging ,you know back in the olden times.
You cant see the emotion or facial expressions on the PC . I believe that's caused us to lose the human inter action we once had . We need to get that back . Here's another good one that same older gentlemen said to me once , We were born with 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk . Hey People I give a Challenge to all humanity who read these words lets try and build some bridges rather than continuing to burn them down.
Here is another good quote .Never engage in a war of wits with a unarmed person. The don't cast pearls among swine kind of thing .
When they start to scream and yell ,kick the dirt off your shoes and move on . Don't waste your time and never argue .Before you enter
into a debate also make sure you have your facts straight and only the true facts not opinion .
I'm not always a fan...
08/04/10 at 08:40 AM
...but good piece. Do you think Buffington is capable of understanding this?
Hypocrite or not, at least Frank does take the time to think about what he says and uses words of more than 4 letters.
Which is more than you can say about most of the people who post messages here or "writ letrs tu duh editur" and pronounce to the world at large that they are ignorant, uneducated, unthinking, emotional loud mouths that are always sure that they are right about everything, regardless of the facts.
I'm sure that you've seen just such examples for yourself, so you know that my point is valid.