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  •  It's blunt. (5+ / 0-)

    It might have been better phrased.

    But it's merely the inverse of the uncritical praise that you and others have offered.

    "He's rich" -- no argument is possible with that, though how he uses the funds to which he has access is another question. Being free of material needs affects one's worldview. This is so obvious that it is embarrassing to have to defend it.

    "He's white" -- this will affect his worldview in certain other ways, many of which can be harmfully limiting if not consciously guarded against. Again, pointing this out would go without comment if we were discussing a non-religious figure.

    "He thinks women have no rights" -- hyperbolic, but saying or implying the inverse is no closer to the truth. It would be hard to argue that the leader of an organization that forbids women to rise in its hierarchy thinks women have equal rights.

    "He's the leader of a cult" -- the meaning of "cult" is no more or less than "a religious organization of which I disapprove." It shows a negative bias. But if you object to this, are you willing to forswear the use of every term that shows a positive bias? Didn't think so.

    There were no personal attacks on you in the posting, and each of the statements made is defensible, though none can be assumed to be true. That you found it necessary to call the poster a "troll" says more about you than it does about him/her. If someone throws salt, you will not feel it, except that you are raw, as the old proverb goes.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 10:37:59 AM PDT

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