Here’s an amusing coincidence of two things I’ve written about lately, John Lofton (the loony Christian theocrat who runs theamericanview.com) and the Liberty University debate team. It seems that Lofton is quite upset that a few years ago Falwell gave the okay for the debate team to debate in favor of abortion when they had to (the subject was the right to privacy and some teams ran cases to ban abortion, so when they were negative they would have to argue for abortion or just give up the debate program for that year).
For openers, the “rules of college debate” which O’Donnell, obviously, sees as no problem, are a big problem. Why? Because these “rules” are the rules of the world, the rules of anti-Christian, secular colleges.
No true Christian could abide by such “rules.”
Such argue-both-positions-pro-and-con “rules” may teach technical debating skills. But they teach as if truth is – well, as if there really is no such thing as absolute truth. They teach debating as if it is merely a Godless game.
Well John, debating is a Godless game.
As for Falwell – for the sake of competition — approving his debate students being allowed to argue “in favor of Roe v. Wade,” this is appalling. Abortion is murder. What, pray tell, on a supposedly Christian campus, would be an argument “in favor of” murder?
Hmmm. This is rather odd coming from a genuine theocrat who would, if he had the power, install the Mosaic law as the civil and criminal law of the land. That would include stoning gays and brides who were not virgins on their wedding day, so clearly Lofton does think there are Christian arguments to be made in favor of murder. Maybe he should just think of aborted fetuses as potential gays and harlots and that will make it easier for him.
As for O’Donnell’s “debate theory,” I have no idea – nor do I care — what, exactly, Aristotle’s “theory of enthymeme” is. It sounds sneaky and dishonest. But, I do know that Aristotle was a heathen, a pagan, and, probably, a homosexual. This is someone whose “theory” should govern Christian debaters? I think not.
Translation: I ain’t never had no need for book learnin’. Them pointy-headed intellectuals is all homos and heathens..